Author: Jay Kristoff
Series: Lifelike #1
Published by: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 29, 2018
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.
Okay, I initially thought LIFEL1K3 (Lifelike) was the first Kristoff book I’ve read, but then I remembered that I read Illuminae. So this was technically the first book written only by Kristoff that I’ve read. Then I immediately downloaded more of his books.
Honestly, I went into this rather reluctantly. Nothing against Kristoff or anything, I just didn’t think I was feeling it at the time. I decided to give it at least a couple of chapters, already trying to decide which book I’d read instead. Pfft … I couldn’t stop once I started. I got totally sucked and had a great time with it.
It’s like this crazy post-apocalypse world that I found completely engrossing. I know there are tons of books like that out there, but this one really stood out for me. I love the mix of this darker gritty world mixed with the advanced technology that got weirdly cool sometimes View Spoiler »the ocean “creature”, the house, etc. « Hide Spoiler.
These characters! I love them all, even the seedy bad-guy characters were done really well. I am so freaking here for the friendships!! I will take a solid, down ass friendship over a romance 80% of the time, and this has one that makes me so damn happy. Eve and Lemon are honestly my favorite thing about this book. Then mix in Cricket … yeah, this trio is the best!
Seriously, Kristoff impressed the hell out of me with this book. There’s just all kinds of awesomeness that kept me glued to every page – action, humor, fun banter, friendship, romance, mystery … it has it all! I desperately need the next book!