Author: Jay Kristoff
Published: May 29th 2018 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Reading Period: June 9 – 12, 2018
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.
Jay Kristoff is the #1 international, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE, THE ILLUMINAE FILES and THE LOTUS WAR. He is the winner of five Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, has over half a million books in print and is published in over thirty-five 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 12,000 days to live.
He does not believe in happy endings.
Thank you Raf of The Royal Polar Bear Reads for letting me participate in the PH Blog Tour of LIFEL1K3. And thank you Penguin Random House International for sending a review copies in exchange of an honest review. (Note: This does not affect my opinion of the book)
When Raf of The Royal Polar Bear Reads told me that he got an approval to host a PH Blog Tour of LIFEL1K3, I can’t help but be excited about it because it is one of my most anticipating books this year. The plot already sounds promising and it definitely caught my attention as it is dubbed as part Romeo and Juliet, part Terminator, and all adrenaline.
LIFEL1K3 is set in the future where robots are already part of the society. Honestly, the reason why it took me days to finish reading this book is because I find it slow in the first chapters and I had a very busy schedule. But, when the action-thriller part started, I can’t stop reading. I’ve fallen into its world. Start questioning and be frightened. I can’t help but think the possibility in the future that the setting in this book would be so near. Also, the possibility that humans are ruled by robots. Memdrive specifically caught my attention and my curiosity. That wetware interface is promising. It wouldn’t surprise me if there is Memdrive in the future. With our technology nowadays and boundless imagination, there is a probability that LIFEL1K3 will be come true, and I am scared of our future.
What I like in this book are the badass characters written by badass author, Jay Kristoff. I love all the characters especially Mr. Cricket and Miss Lemon Fresh. How could a logic like Mr. Cricket be so adorable? His sense of humour is way better than other humans (sorry, but that’s really true). I can’t help but ask for my own Mr. Cricket. He is like your to-go and more logical friend in other novels. Miss Lemon Fresh always gives a good vibes and lighten the mood when it gets heavy. I really love her personality. Mr. Cricket and Miss Lemon Fresh’s tandem and banter are always a winner and very funny. Moreover, Grandpa or Silas or Mr. C. caught my attention because of his sense of humour. He is the true master of having good humour. Evie, on the other hand, broke my heart. Though she is a strong girl, I pity her. If I am in her situation and find out a big revelation about myself, I do not know if I’ll take it like Evie took it. Another heartbreaking character is Ezekiel. He is a lifelike yet he is charming but pathetic. I adore his compassion, loyalty, tenderness and kind heart. Further, The Preacher is very persistent and his dedication to finish his duty is admirable.
Moreover, I like the intensity of the story especially the action-thriller part. All twists are SHOCKING. Tightens my heart. Every keeps on hurting me. It is beyond my imagination. After reading, I am SPEECHLESS. I feel like I am being SCAMMED by Jay Kristoff. I screamed because can’t believe what I have read. But I am still to have the next book ASAP.
LIFEL1K3 is engrossing, captivating, page turner, has very unique story and always get me on the edge of my chair. Highly recommend this one if you love reading science fiction and enjoy reading books with twistable twists.
“This is not the end of me.
This is just one more enemy.”
“…it’s always better to be shot at forÂ who you are than hugged for who you aren’t.”
“Pride cometh before the fall, little brother.”
“Even in our darkest moments, we have a choice…”
“It doesn’t matter who you were. Only who you are.”
“Wishing everything would stop. Rewind. Go back to the way it used to be.”
“It may not be red, but it’s blood all the same. Judge not, lest ye be judged.”
“…instead of letting your yesterdays bring you down, maybe you can concentrate on building some happier memories today. And that way you’ll have them for tomorrow?”
“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.”
“I think now is a good time for both of us toÂ stop being afraid.”
“It was okay to be afraid.
You just couldn’t let that fear stop you.”