Series Details: Lifelike #1
Author: Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Imprint: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: May 29, 2018
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Blurb 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.
Lifel1k3 reminds me of Cinder. But this one is fiercer, sharper, and with definitely more bite. Lifel1k3 also comes with a loaded menu. It has action, mystery, thrill, star-crossed lovers, genuine friendship, twists from hell, and lots of lies. All served with sass on top. And the best part? It doesn’t run out of anything. There’s constant action all throughout the book. Secrets keep coming to light. More and more lies are bared. The twists didn’t stop dropping. And the plot just keeps moving in a delightfully fast pace, leaving no space for boredom. It’s a total package!
Metal or meat. Blood or current. Everyone deserves a choice.
One of the things that makes Lifel1k3 so remarkable is its incredible characters. They’re all fleshed out nicely—even the robots! They all have their own unique and distinct personality. They all have this individual layers of complexities that makes each of them so intriguing. Even the bad guys are so well-written. Although they don’t have a very lovable character personality, you’ll still find a ray of something likable about them. They’re the kind of guys that you’ll love to hate.
“Your past doesn’t make calls on your future. It doesn’t matter who you were. Only who you are.”
I have to say, I salute the friendship that these characters have. Eve is such a wonderful character to follow. She’s tough. She’s kindhearted. She’s very protective of her family and the people she loves. But there’s a huge chunk of her past that she couldn’t remember. And her journey towards discovering who she really is, is both sad and shocking. Ezekiel is a Lifelike designed to look like human but somehow better, faster, and stronger. But Even with his pretty face, his charms, and impossible skills, Ezekiel longs for something that a Lifelike like him could possibly never have.
“It’s simple to love someone on the days that are easy. But you find out what your love is made of on the days that are hard.”
Eve’s best friend, Lemon, is a jewel. Not only because she’s the kind of friend you’d want for yourself but also because she’s never boring. She just flawlessly brings humor into the story even in an unpleasant situation. She’d done a lot of things in this this book, but Lemon’s character still has great things to offer and I’d very much love to read more about her. Then there’s Eve’s loyal robotic sidekick, Cricket, who is just as fun to read. Together they’re pure delight.
Lifel1k3 also has one of the strongest and well-detailed world I’ve read so far. It’s set in the same world we live in but also it’s so very different. Though it sounds very high tech, (forget laptops and cellphones, people owns and relies in intelligent robots here) it’s pretty clear that it’s a poor and dying world, suffering from the aftereffects of a nuclear war. Jay Kristoff’s crisp narrative and detailed descriptions make everything so easy to picture in your mind—the world, the scenes, even the emotions of the characters.
It’s okay to be afraid. You just couldn’t let that fear stop you.
It’s difficult to forget about a book that ends the way this book ends—twisty, shocking, painful, delivered with a chock-full of lies. It was heartbreaking. Revenge—the bloody kind—is definitely on the horizon. And despite the characters being fully realized in this book, the ending hints of more growth from them in the next release. I love how Kristoff sets his characters to walk their different paths and how he gives them individual goals before the book ends. And I’m so here to see what comes next.
Likel1k3 is one of those books that’s definitely worth spending your money on. It has quite everything you would want to see in a sci-fi book—tech, bot fights, drama, playful and funny banters. It even had a car chase and gun fights inside storms. Intense, right? And if you’re into books with excellent world-building and fully developed characters without sacrificing the fast pacing, this would be perfect. This book doesn’t go slow baby. Now go and get your copy.