Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff {Stephanie’s Review}

Posted June 29th, 2020 by in *Review / 1 comment

Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff {Stephanie’s Review}Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff
Also by this author: Illuminae, Nevernight
Series: Lifel1k3 #1
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Pages: 398
Format: eBook, Audiobook
Read in: May 2020
Reading Challenges: 2020 GoodReads, COYER
Source: Personal Collection, Public Library
Add to: Goodreads

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. - via GoodReads

4 Stars

I decided to read Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff as it was one of the May COYER Book Club selections. I was attempting to read all 4 picks that month (I got 3 of the 4!). Plus I just wanted more Jay Kristoff in my life.

I really enjoyed Lifel1k3! I kept thinking I knew what was going to happen. I’ve read the Illuminae series after all. I knew there were going to be twists and turns! Turns out having that prior knowledge did me not much good at all! It was easy to pick up on some of what was going to happen. But really it felt so obvious I’m sure it was meant to be easy.

I definitely was not prepared for most of what happened. Just when I would think that surely we had reached the end of the the jaw dropping moments, my jaw to hit the floor again! I really liked how the plot just kept moving. There really was not a lot of time to stop and digest anything that was happening.

Eve gets hit with a lot of information all at once. While that is easy to appreciate, it doesn’t make her actions excusable. I felt that there was just too much finality in the way that Eve decided to end things. It was easy to understand her feelings towards Ezekiel but I drew the line with my sympathies when she treated Lemon the way that she did.

I had some conflicting feelings on how some of it ended. I could completely understand how the lifelikes felt but I don’t think the ends justified the means.

Lemon Fresh and Cricket make this book! I adored both of them. The audio really helped flesh out their characters. I definitely like sass in my characters and Cricket had that for days. Lemon is just so loyal and I had to respect that.

I really like Silas and I think he fit the crumedgeon grandpa character well. I can’t really talk too much more about the characters without giving some things away so I’ll leave it here.

I’m very excited to see where Kristoff takes this series. Lifel1k3 didn’t get a full five stars simply because I’m an endings clincher reader and I didn’t love this ending. I could understand it but that is much different than loving it.

Stephanie

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2020 GoodReads
  • COYER
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