Title: LIFEL1K3 (Lifelike, #1)
Author: Jay Kristoff
Publish Date: May 29, 2018 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
# of Pages: 416
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(From Goodreads) 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.
I read LIFEL1K3 in three days. Once I started getting into it, it was hard to put down.
Rating (1-5, 5 is exceptional)
Quality of Writing – 4
Pace – 3
Plot Development – 4
Ending – 4
Characters – 4
Enjoyability – 4
Ease of Reading – 3
Overall Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff is the first book in the new Lifelike series. Set in a sci-fi world where robots and androids live and work alongside humans, the question has to be asked: how real is too real? Can a robot be too intelligent?
I thought LIFEL1K3 was a lot of fun! This was my first Jay Kristoff book (but it won’t be my last!) The writing was impeccable, the tumultuous world of robots easily imagined. I did find the first half of the book somewhat slow and hard to get into, but I think it’s because I was struggling with the world’s jargon and slang. Once I got used to all of the new words, I found myself getting sucked into Eve’s world.
The story idea is really neat. I really liked the world Jay Kristoff created–where blitzhunds are cuddly and robots can deliver as much snark as a human. The concept of androids that mimic humans so completely is something our own society will most likely have to deal with at some point. I enjoyed Eve’s story and her history with the androids. She has quite the interesting story, and the more it unfolded, the rockier it got.
The ending was good and sets itself up nicely for the next book. What happens next? I’m certainly intrigued and eager to find out!
The characters were engaging. Eve is a fascinating protagonist. She thinks she knows who she is as a person–but does she? From the quirky Lemon Fresh, to the devoted Ezekiel, I really appreciated the depth of breadth of characters in this book.
If this book isn’t on your TBR list yet, it certainly should be! If you have a love for science fiction novels, this would be a worthy addition to your shelf.
Thank you to NetGalley for providing the Kindle version of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book was very quotable, but I don’t want to share quotes from the ARC copy.
Have you added LIFEL1K3 to your TBR list? What’s your favorite Jay Kristoff novel?
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