Lifer (Lifer #1)
By: Beck Nicholas
Publication Date: December 19th, 2014
The Bourne Identity meets Under the Never Sky in this intergalactic tale of love and deception from debut novelist Beck Nicholas.
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…
Going into this book, I didn’t fully understand what I was getting into. I knew it was futuristic and I knew that there was an oppressive class system in place along with some forbidden romance thrown in. This all sounded pretty excellent to me, but with a book that has its chapters equally divided between its two main characters, it is easy to say that I really, really liked half of Lifer and the other half, not so much.
We are first introduced to Asher, Lifer’s better half, and I adore her. A slave, or Lifer, who is serving out a sentence of indentured servitude that her grandparents had passed down, she is fierce and sarcastic and devoted to her family and boyfriend. She maneuvers the new situation she is in, life among the Officials, or Fishies, on the Pelican with an inner strength and a calm head, especially when faced with the unstable Lady, her ill-tempered and slightly psychotic son, Davyd, and her grope-y husband, Huckle. Beck lets her character’s growth run rampant as she faces numerable losses and faces the challenges of playing a key part in a rebellion, and it is delightful.
On the other hand we have Blank. While I imagine that Beck planned for one of the big twists of the story to be Blank’s true identity, it was obvious who the poor guy was from the beginning. So obvious that I kept having to remind myself that Blank didn’t actually remember anything and wasn’t just completely stupid. My main problem with Blank was his relationship with Megs, and that his favorite word to describe her was hot. Everything she did was hot, her actions didn’t relay to him that she was smart or capable, they just made him think she was hotter. Also, even though he doesn’t remember zilch, there is this one nagging memory at the back of his brain of some other girl who was important, but he decides to pursue things with Megs anyway. Even though he feels guilty about betraying the chick in his subconscious.
While the ending of Lifer was not what I expected, Beck’s twist was one I didn’t see coming, it was satisfying and left me wanting more. I want to see where her story is going, where Asher, especially, ends up, and if blank can stop thinking with his you-know-what.
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