- Tapa blanda: 280 páginas
- Editor: Month 9 Books (19 de noviembre de 2014)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1939765420
- ISBN-13: 978-1939765420
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Lifer (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 19 nov 2014
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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.
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I love science fiction, and it has been in my top two favorite genres just about as long as I’ve been reading; and definitely as long as I’ve known what a genre even was. In the past few years I’ve gone almost exclusively to reading YA, despite being very much not-a-YA myself. When I started this YA obsession in 2012, there wasn’t all that much sci-fi to be found, and I remember remarking late that year and early the next how happy I was to see an upward trend in YA science fiction being published, and particularly sci-fi written by women. That trend has only continued up and up since then. I absolutely would put Lifer in the same group with books by Marissa Meyer, Meagan Spooner, Amie Kaufman, and other awesome YA sci-fi writers. It is a great blending of “soft” science fiction with the dystopian themes that are popular today, as well as being a fascinating exploration of important issues such as slavery, differences in class and wealth disparity, the all-powerful corporation, and so forth. There was a lot beneath the surface of this book that you could really chew on (and I seriously, honestly, truly cannot wait to chew on more!!).
All that said, I think my favorite thing about this book were the characters. Asher and Blank, our two main narrators, are both well-drawn and complex characters. Yes, even Blank, whom we meet as he “wakes up” walking down the road realizing he has no memory, manages to be complex and interesting, even though his consciousness is only days old for us! I adored Asher, and I felt so much her pain at the loss of her brother and her boyfriend on the same day, as she’s still dealing with the loss of her father some years earlier. I felt her anger at the restrictions placed on her and her people because of their great-grandparents’ or grandparents’ crimes and agreement to sentence succeeding generations to serve the Officials (Fishies) and Astronauts (Nauts) aboard the spaceship until they reach a suitable planet. (Side note: Can you imagine being condemned to a life of what is essentially slavery from the moment you are born until the moment you die because of something an ancestor two or three generations removed had done?? The concept is fascinating to me, and I applaud Ms. Nicholas for this incredibly creative premise.)
Secondary characters are also complex, fascinating, sympathetic, and/or hated as well – I promise there are no one-dimensional supporting characters in this book! Davyd….oh, Davyd….I’m STILL conflicted as to how I feel about him! I thought I had him figured out and I felt one way about him… and then there’d be a twist and I felt my shock right along with Asher’s, and I would feel another way about him… and then – you get the idea. Let’s just say, the characters are what turned this book into a 5-star read for me. We alternate POVs with alternating chapters, which Ms. Nicholas has done incredibly well. I don’t hate this form in the way that I know some do, and in fact some of my favorite books are structured this way; I really like being in the head-space of more than one character. However, I do recognize that there is some science to it, and if it’s not done well, it just shouldn’t be done. Well, I absolutely believe Ms. Nicholas mastered the science on this one!
All in all, I cannot recommend this book enough! If you enjoy YA, science fiction, dystopian lit, multiple POVs, books with twists and turns, or a combination of any of the above, READ THIS BOOK. It is absolutely fantastic, and I am (not so patiently) eagerly awaiting the next step in Asher and Blank’s journey. I kind of need it soon. Like, yesterday.
5-stars! Thank you to Month9Books and Beck Nicholas for providing me with a review copy of the book and for allowing me to take part in the review tour!
There are some books that are just smooth, you know? Books where the characters are consistent but still capable of surprising you, the world building is solid and doesn’t raise questions, the plot never drags, the writing flows seamlessly. Books that you don’t want to reach the end of, because it feels so right to read them. Lifer is one of those books.
Beck Nicholas’ debut is wonderful, through and through. Even if you’re not usually a fan of science fiction, I highly recommend this book. It’s got great action, believable relationships, and a plot full of rebellion and secrecy and lies that won't leave you disappointed.
Stories told via alternating first person viewpoints have the potential to go one of two ways. Either the viewpoints work in harmony, providing extra dimension and interest, or they work against each other, with one point of view being less compelling than the other and dragging down the story. Lifer definitely falls into the first category.
Getting both Asher and Blank’s perspectives makes for a rich, exciting novel. Each storyline could conceivably stand on its own and support a novel by itself, but combining the two – and having them intersect towards the end – results in a much stronger book. Getting to switch back and forth between two very different worlds with different technology, social dynamics, characters, and plotlines keeps things fresh and keeps the pace up and the action flowing.
The characters are wonderful, too. Blank and Davyd are my personal favorites, and I developed book crushes on each of them. Davyd, the brother of Asher’s late boyfriend, is as different from Asher’s beloved Samuai as it’s possible to be. Whereas Samuai was a warm, sweet boy who dreamt of a world where Lifers and Fishies could live in equality, Davyd is authoritative, icy, condescending, and formidable. However, Davyd is also intelligent, sexy and resourceful, and he’s a bit of a wild card in the book. He’s as likely to ally with Asher as he is to betray her, and he figures greatly into her storyline. Watching the two of them spar – physically and mentally – is a source of great entertainment and, more importantly, sexual tension.
As for Blank, my other book crush, I couldn’t get enough. Even though he’s adrift in a foreign world, he’s smart enough and quick enough on his feet to survive. He’s curious, courageous, strong, and caring but not afraid to be tough when he needs to be. He’s an all-around good guy, someone that I’d love to meet and hang out with in real life.
Asher, unfortunately, wasn’t my favorite. Although I was just as invested in her story as I was Blank’s, this was due more to the plot and supporting characters than Asher herself. She just didn’t wow me. In a way, I felt she was simply a stock female protagonist and that her role in the story could have been filled by just about any girl. I didn’t dislike her, but she didn’t stand out enough for me to love her.
Something else that contributes to my joy over Lifer is that it isn’t predictable. I like when authors are able to surprise me; I get frustrated when characters act like clichés and I can tell what’s going to happen before it occurs. There were a few times in Lifer when I called some of the plot, but for the most part Nicholas kept me guessing. She gave me characters who acted in unexpected ways – I’m specifically thinking Davyd and Lady and Asher’s mom here – and I really appreciated that.
The end of Lifer leaves plenty of room for a sequel, which is a relief; it gives me hope that I won’t have to be in my current sad state of Lifer withdrawal forever. I need more Blank, Asher, and Davyd, and I need it now!
A free copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This review can also be found on my blog, http://angelaslibrary.com.