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.
Now on to the post!
I’m so happy to be here to talk about my playlist for Lifer.
While I love to write in silence, music often helps me in the ideas part of a story. A song (or several) can help me work out or capture the mood of a book or a scene. It can help me return to it quickly and pick up where I left off writing and that was particularly true for LIFER.
Below I’ve listed a few songs and their meaning for the book, hopefully without any spoilers.
This song reminds me of Lifer every time it comes on the radio. I think of it as the Lifer anthem for the feel of the book.
Lifers have a tradition of marking their skin in remembrance of someone who has died. The opening scene involves Asher marking her body for her lost boyfriend. When this song plays I’m right there in that scene with Asher feeling the needle go into my skin.
Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead
The first time we meet Blank he is waking in a garden. In the middle of the garden, surrounded my stone and fake bushes is a single living tree, encased in glass. This was how Blank first appeared in my mind and I had to find out who he was and why he was there.
Pictures of You by The Cure
Asher is grieving. While she has no images of her brother, she’s at one point surrounded by many photos of her lost boyfriend. At first she thinks they’re a treasure but soon, like in the song, she begins to forget every memory but those captured in the pictures. She fears that’s all she’ll have left of her lost love as the static images replace her real memories of being with him.
Numb by U2
This sums up how Asher feels as the book goes on. She becomes numb to the terrible pain of her grief and her life as a slave and focuses on her goal to find out what happened when her brother and boyfriend died. When she suffers more loss she wonders if she’ll ever feel again.
These songs are a few of those that make me think of LIFER.
Thanks for having me!
Thanks for sharing Beck!
Thanks for sharing Beck!
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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