Author: Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 29, 2018
Page Count: 416
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
From the coauthor of the New York Times bestselling Illuminae Files comes the first book in a new series that’s part Romeo and Juliet, part Terminator, and all adrenaline.
On an island junkyard beneath a sky that glows with radiation, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap. Seventeen-year-old Eve isn’t looking for trouble–she’s too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she spent months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, she’s on the local gangster’s wanted list, and the only thing keeping her grandpa alive is the money she just lost to the bookies. Worst of all, she’s discovered she can somehow destroy machines with the power of her mind, and a bunch of puritanical fanatics are building a coffin her size because of it. If she’s ever had a worse day, Eve can’t remember it. The problem is, Eve has had a worse day–one that lingers in her nightmares and the cybernetic implant where her memories used to be. Her discovery of a handsome android named Ezekiel–called a “Lifelike” because they resemble humans–will bring her world crashing down and make her question whether her entire life is a lie. With her best friend Lemon Fresh and her robotic sidekick Cricket in tow, Eve will trek across deserts of glass, battle unkillable bots, and infiltrate towering megacities to save the ones she loves…and learn the truth about the bloody secrets of her past.
LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff is the first book in the new Lifelike series, a bit of a young adult science fiction fantasy set in a dystopian environment. The blurb compares this to a bit of Romeo and Juliet mixed with Terminator. The author himself mentions Bladerunner and Mad Max. What you really have here is one heck of a creative mash up that certainly held it’s own and distinguished a personality all for itself.
The story revolves mainly around seventeen year old Eve who lives in a world filled with so many horrors and does what she needs to survive. We join Eve in the middle of a battle in the Wardome that is a fight to the death with the mech she built herself as she fights to earn money in her way of surviving.
After the battle things begin to build for Eve and she finds her grandfather in danger and her memories are slowly coming back that she had forgotten. Eve and her best friend Lemon Fresh along with a whole cast of other creative characters then begin their dangerous journey that the story takes them on.
From the opening pages there’s action piled on top of more action and the story will take you to places you’d never expect. Robots and romance, battles and blood, action and adventure…what more do we need? This is all just the opening pages really and one must read the story to understand the journey in Lifelike. The characters are well fleshed out, the world building quite intriguing and for those afraid of the romantic side it was definitely in the shadow of everything else the book held. Overall a fun beginning to this new series for sure.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Jay Kristoff is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE, THE ILLUMINAE FILES and THE LOTUS WAR. He is the winner of four Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, nominee for the Locus award, David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards, named multiple times in the Kirkus and Amazon Best Teen Books list and published in over thirty countries, most of which he has never visited. He is as surprised about all of this as you are. He is 6’7 and has approximately 12,665 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell. He does not believe in happy endings.