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Temper (Lifer) Paperback – February 23, 2016
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Going into Temper I wanted to see the aftermath of the action at the end of Lifer. However, the book picks up several weeks later, with Asher emotionally numb after the loss of her mother and confirmation that her brother is long gone. She has drawn into herself in a classic display of PTSD, not sleeping and avoiding the nightmares that plague her. Samuai, on the other hand, has that oh so troubling job of being friends with too many people. Sigh.
Asher is still my favorite character of the series. She is battling loss, both of her family and the boy she fell in love with, and has managed to hold it together for an amazing length of time. Her fierceness is still there as well as her willingness to fight for her people. Samuai, though, still grates on my nerves. He vacillates between thinking that Asher is the best thing ever and all that he needs to thinking that life was better when he didn’t remember anything, including her. He is stuck in a rather precarious situation as his time with the green robes has given him sway with them, and his old status as a Fishie and his relationship with Asher gives him clout with the people from the ship. He is a bridge between these groups of people, and I can say that at least he isn’t as quick to trust as in the first book and uses his brain to make some discoveries on his own. His relationship with Megs is still frustrating, but at least he isn’t stupid enough to think he can trust her.
While Asher is my standout favorite character, and I found myself hurrying through Samuai’s chapters to get back to her’s, Davyd has to be the most interesting character of Beck’s. He is obviously crazy, but his loyalties are so obscure and his words and actions so contradictory, you never know what his true feelings are other than he will do whatever is best for Davyd. Beck has written a fleshed out and compelling not-quite-villain. A boy in constant pursuit of power and a way out of his brother’s shadow, who has struggled to take care of his grieving and unstable mother and is promptly cast aside in favor of the favorite first son who is back from the dead. He plays everything close to the chest, and the reader can never quite figure him out.
Temper lives up to its predecessor: it unravels old answers and entertains the reader with new ones. But beware, Beck leaves you with a hell of a cliff hanger.
I loved this book so much! Temper is even better than Lifer in my opinion.
This book had a great plot with everyone at camp getting riled up and fighting each other because the people have been injected with this serum thingy that kept everyone’s temper in check. Since the people at camp weren’t getting the serum anymore to keep everyone calm, Asher volunteers to go to the Company and get the serum to calm everyone down.
There were definitely some places where you would be surprised at what happened, other places where you could almost guess what was going to happen. Temper had a good balance of the two, which makes the book a better read, and much less boring. I liked that the plot twists in the book make sense by the end because if they didn’t, then I’d probably be confused.
Asher was stronger in this book than in the last, and she was being more of a leader to her people. She was coming to terms with what happened earlier, and started focusing on what had to be done from here on out.
I can’t wait to see if there will be another installment into this series because I have loved this entire series, and I believe there is room for another book.
I reviewed the first book in this series, LIFER, as part of the blog tour. Then I was lucky enough to get a super early version of this book to read and review. Which was awesome because as much as I was skeptical about LIFER, both Dani from Dani Reviews Things and I agreed we needed to read the rest of the series to find out what happened. And boy am I glad I did just that.
Where I thought LIFER was your typical dystopian novel but too "squished" together to be unique, TEMPER blew it out of the water. The beginning 25% was a little slow for me and I found myself rolling my eyes at Asher's interactions with both brothers, but once the plot moved into what the story arc was for this book, it really shone.
Everyone at camp is getting riled up over little things and it turns out that the Company was injecting the people of the Pelican with a serum that was keeping them well mannered, but now that they no longer are living on the Pelican, tempers (*wink wink*) are flaring and this is causing the Pelicanites (that's what I'm calling them now) to get so angry they want to beat on anyone and anything in sight. This is problematic for a lot of reasons. Asher volunteers to go to New City to get the serum from the Company with Davyd in tow; Samuai stays back to be the Pelicanite diplomat. And from here the story kicks into overdrive.
I was constantly on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what would happen next. The best part of any story is being able to guess some of the plot points but be surprised by others. And boy did this one keep me guessing. There are so many twists and turns in this one, but the best part is that they all make sense. They don't come out of nowhere or have the reader saying "Where did THAT come from?"
I thought Asher was much stronger this time. I liked that she was starting to question her feelings for both Dayvd and Samuai but kept coming back to the idea that she was her number one priority -- and her number one saviour. I can't wait to see where her story leads to next and what sort of conclusions she makes about what she should do for not only herself but also for her people. Because they are HER people.
Samuai annoyed me at the beginning but I liked that he had to come to terms with his grief and also wasn't an epic douche by being honest with Megs that he couldn't be with her while he was still thinking about Asher. I am so glad that neither Asher nor Samuai jumped into a new relationship and acknowledged their lingering feelings for one another. And I thought Samuai's story made him all the more interesting. I was glad he had a storyline that I actually wanted to follow.
The pacing and the story flowed so much better this time. I liked that the story picked up a couple weeks after the breakout because it made the tensions in the camp seem that much more believable. As well, I thought the dynamics of camp were interesting. I would have liked to see a bit more of Lady and her shenanigans because I think they will become important in the future for where the Pelicanites will eventually end up.
I can't wait to see where this story concludes. If you're looking for a good science fiction read, I highly recommend this series. It is a bit slow to start but it picks up and leaves your heart racing until the very last page.