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Sunday, September 30, 2018

LifeL1k3 Review

LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff


Title:  Lifelike
Series: Lifelike, book 1
Author: Jay Kristoff
Where to purchase: Amazon
Print Length: 416
Publication Date: May 29, 2018

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 - 9
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Edition: Hardcover (also listened to audiobook)
Genre: science fiction, dystopian, 

BOOK LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon |  



Synopsis:

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.


If you like this you may also enjoy the Illuminae Files also by this author


 

Main Characters

  • Eve/Ana- lives with her grandpa
  • Lemon Fresh- Evie's best friend
  • Cricket- a little robot that acts as Eve's conscience 
  • Ezekiel- a lifelike Eve knew as Ana before her parents died and the lifelikes revolted
  • Preacher- assassin from big company trying to bring in Eve because of her deviation 

Plot

Story is mostly told from Eve's POV. Eve makes money by gambling at the War Dome in the fighting pits where robots fight to the death to take care of her guardian grandpa who she lives with because her parents are dead. When the machine she has spent months working on gets beat and it looks like she's in for a world of hurt she unintentionally manifests in front of everyone and stops the opposing deadly robot with a scream. Now that she's a known deviant Eve flees with her best friend Lemon Fresh, a fellow orphan, and her other two favorite household members; Cricket (a small robot who functions as Eve’s conscious) and her trusty cyborg dog. 

On the run from puritan gangs and big corporations that don't want someone around with the power to stop electrical units, Evie and Lemon Fresh come across a crashed plane. They try to find anything they can sell for some quick cash since they lost everything in the last fight or use to rebuild. What they find instead is a lifelike android named Ezekiel. This humanoid AI knows Evie from a past she has no memory of, and together this misfit crew run for their lives from a murderous 'Preacher', get swallowed by a Kraken, and go on an epic quest finding out what it means to be human.

Setting

Future post-apocalyptic United States


Theme

What does it mean to be human. Tolerance.

What did I like about the book?

I like the vivid writing, I can picture the world and the teens talking. The characters have fizzy slang, true cert, which is fun to read. I feel like this is a great book to grab after reading something heavy. Yes there is epic scenes, blood, and drama... but it is a light read for the most part.

Evie still remembers her parents being murdered in front of her even though she has a brain injury. After meeting Ezekiel her lost memories start coming back in flashes. I like the way Eve's memory and world view changes throughout the book. While in the Kraken there was some foreshadowing I totally missed but it made me think about the things I use a little differently.

That ending though! Cliffhanger. Warning: NO HEA

What did I not like about the book?

Nothing! Jay Kristoff is a master storyteller!

Date Started/Finished : September 22nd- 2018


Recommend? YES

Would you encourage others to read this book? Why or why not?
Rating: 5/*****
based off Goodreads' ratings: 5 stars – it was amazing, highly recommend





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