“Lifer” by Beck Nicholas

If you are a “Battlestar Galactica” fan then you’ve got to read Lifer by Beck Nicholas. This is one of the best books I’ve read in 2015. It’s clever, suspenseful, and full of so many surprise twists that I found myself shouting out loud and disturbing the person sitting next to me.

Lifer has two separate storylines playing out concurrently. Asher is a slave, or “Lifer,” aboard a spaceship heading for Earth. The book opens with her mourning the death of her high-class boyfriend, and being tormented by his brother and grieving mom. The second primary character, “Blank,” wakes up on a planet with amnesia and struggles to navigate an alien world.

I really can’t share any more plot specifics than that without revealing spoilers, but I can highlight some of the themes that made this book so smart. Resistance, Courage, Truth, Survival; Lifer keeps readers engaged with powerful issues. I love, love, loved this book and can’t wait to read future titles from the author.

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