Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff
Published May 29,2018
Hardcover, 402 pages
MY GOODREADS RATING 4/5 STARS
(Thanks to Netgalley & Knopf Books for Young Readers, I received an eARC)
On a floating junkyard beneath a radiation sky, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap.
Eve isn’t looking for secrets—she’s too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she’s just spent six months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, and the only thing keeping her Grandpa from the grave was the fistful of credits she just lost to the bookies. To top it off, she’s discovered she can destroy electronics with the power of her mind, and the puritanical Brotherhood are building a coffin her size. If she’s ever had a worse day, Eve can’t remember it.
But when Eve discovers the ruins of an android boy named Ezekiel in the scrap pile she calls home, her entire world comes crashing down. With her best friend Lemon Fresh and her robotic conscience, Cricket, in tow, she and Ezekiel will trek across deserts of irradiated glass, infiltrate towering megacities and scour the graveyard of humanity’s greatest folly to save the ones Eve loves, and learn the dark secrets of her past.
Even if those secrets were better off staying buried.
For a while I was comparing it to Replica by Lauren Oliver, but quickly realized it was completely different. It was truly unlike anything I’ve ever read, or could ever imagine. I kept thinking what if this actually happened! That doesn’t happen to me within this genre, which makes me realize how into the story I really was. At first I was a bit confused by the way the story was being told (past & present), but quickly got used to how it would work.
I absolutely loved Eve, she was such a great character, one I would want to be my best friend. Herr fearlessness was enviable, she was willing to do whatever she had to in order to find out the truth. Cricket, Lemon, and Ezekiel were the perfect secondary characters. They all fit into the story perfectly and played their roles amazingly.
I thought the story flowed well, and was extremely fast paced. It was one of those books you just don’t want to put down because you are afraid of what will happen when you do. This book was action packed from the start. I can see myself rereading this one during the winter months all cozy under blankets next time.