27 Oct 2015

BLOG TOUR: LIFER by Beck Nicholas Review + #GIVEAWAY

Title: LIFER
Author: Beck Nicholas
Publication date: December 16, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.

Asher is a Lifer, a slave aboard the spaceship Pelican. A member of the lowest rung of society, she must serve the ship’s Officials and Astronauts as punishment for her grandparents’ crimes back on Earth. The one thing that made life bearable was her illicit relationship with Samuai, a Fishie boy, but he died alongside her brother in a freak training accident.

Still grieving for the loss of her loved ones, Asher is summoned to the upper levels to wait on Lady, the head Official’s wife and Samuai’s mother. It is the perfect opportunity to gather intel for the Lifer’s brewing rebellion. There’s just one problem—the last girl who went to the upper levels never came back.

On the other side of the universe, an alien attack has left Earth in shambles and a group called The Company has taken control. Blank wakes up in a pond completely naked and with no memory, not even his real name. So when a hot girl named Megs invites him to a black-market gaming warehouse where winning means information, he doesn’t think twice about playing. But sometimes the past is better left buried.

As Asher and Blank’s worlds collide, the truth comes out—everyone has been lied to. Bourne Identity meets Under the Never Sky in this intergalactic tale of love and deception from debut novelist Beck Nicholas.
Lifer didn't end up being what I was anticipating. I haven't read Under the Never Sky but I know the general premise of it and I've seen the Bourne movies so I guess I was anticipating a bit more mystery and suspense and not as much "Okay I know a lot of what will happen" I think that a lot of it was pretty predictable but it was still a good science fiction novel and I am intrigued to see where it goes next. Also there are ~spoilers~ for this in here because it's hard not to talk about it without having spoilers. But be warned.

What Worked
The dual pov. I liked seeing things from two perspectives and having them converge into one. Because it gave you a full story feel of everything that was happening. I liked seeing everything that happens in this new world because there was SO MUCH HAPPENING. It was all really interesting. 

I liked Asher. I thought she was a good character because she really comes into her own. I feel like if we had started the novel with her and Samuai together, I wouldn't have liked her. To me, she really became her own person -- not someone defined by other people. And that definition is still growing and expanding with each passing day.

I even liked Samuai. I thought he was doing the best he could under the circumstances. However, he still fell as little flat at some times for me. It seemed like he was almost too good to be true at some points. But he had his flaws too which I enjoyed. I also like that both of them were like, "well oops" at the end there. I think it is pretty realistic that both of them had a chance to outgrow the other. (Even though it was only over the course of like a couple weeks. Which felt kind of fast, but I'll take it)

What Didn't
See, I thought it had a good premise but it lacked a bit of direction and execution. I felt like there was too much direct world building and not enough subtle clues and hints as to what was happening and where it was going. I was buddy reading (ish) with Dani @ Dani Reviews Things, whose review post is up tomorrow, and we had mostly everything worked out by 60% through. Maybe even sooner. Because it was so thoroughly stated to you while reading.

I also didn't like that there was a shift in Davyd that went from "I kinda like you so I am going to hate you because you love my brother" to "I'm super creepy and now you're attracted to me" It just didn't work for me. It was almost as if the author was trying to hard to make Davyd the bad boy to Samuai's good guy. Because that didn't need to happen. Samuai was flawed and imperfect and I feel like Davyd just being a regular asshat instead of a creepy one would have still had me pulling for Asher to be with him instead.
I always wanted to write.  I’ve worked as a lab assistant, a pizza delivery driver and a high school teacher but I always pursued my first dream of creating stories. Now, I live with my family near Adelaide, halfway between the city and the sea, and am lucky to spend my days (and nights) writing young adult fiction.

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1 comment:

  1. Great review. I hadn't heard of this book before but it sounds interesting. Though, if it is predicable, I'd have to read it on a day I wasn't looking for suspense.

    Dreams @ Once Upon A Dream Books


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