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DEV1AT3 (Deviate) (LIFEL1K3) Hardcover – June 25, 2019
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Lemon Fresh winced as another explosion burst against their hull. The world shook and her brainmeats ached and she was beginning to wonder if getting up this morning had been such a fizzy idea. The heavy armor they were encased in held fast, but the boom was still deafening, echoing around her skull. She could barely hear Ezekiel’s shout from the driver’s seat below.
“Their rockets seem to be working just fine!”
Lemon pulled her helmet down harder, yelling over the ’splodies. “Dimples, when you convinced me to jack this thing, it was on the understanding that nobody’d be stupid enough to pick a fight with a tank!”
“I didn’t think anyone was!”
Another explosion burst against their roof, and Lemon held on to her gunner’s seat for dear life. “Okay, I hate to be the one to break this to you, but--”
“Look, if you’re that worried, you could always shoot them back!”
“I’m fifteen years old! I dunno how to shoot with a t--”
Another explosion cut Lemon’s sentence off, but from the swearing she heard down in the driver’s cabin, she was pretty sure Zeke got the gist. She looked into the vidscreens at her gunner’s controls, heart sinking as she noticed their hull was now on fire, that another rocket team had joined the first in trying to murderize them, and finally decided that, yeah, crawling out of bed today?
Really bad move.
“We’re allllll gonna die,” she muttered.
It’d seemed like a pretty sensible plan at the time, too. . . .
They’d motored from Babel Tower less than five hours ago, and talking true, Lemon was still trying to wrap her head around it all. The throwdown with Gabriel and his lifelikes. The blood on the chrome. The murder of Silas Carpenter. The look in Eve’s eyes as the bullet wounds in her chest slowly knitted closed.
“What’s happening to me?”
Lemon had thought of Silas as her own grandpa, and the memory of his death was a fresh, hard kick to her chest. But right on top of Mister C’s murder had come the revelation that the girl Lemon had known for two years, the girl she thought of as her bestest . . . that girl was a robot. Eve wasn’t Eve at all. She was a lifelike, modeled after Nicholas Monrova’s lost and youngest daughter, Ana.
True cert, and strange as it was, Lemon couldn’t give a faulty credstik if her bestest was a bot. Growing up in Dregs, you learned to stick by your friends no matter what. Rule Number One in the Scrap:
Stronger together, together forever.
But Eve . . .
After all the years and all the spills and all the hurt . . .
. . . She still sent me away.
Lemon hadn’t wanted to bail. But her radiation gear had been wrecked in the tussle, and the reactor in Babel Tower was still leaking--she didn’t know how many rads she’d sucked up already. And whatever her feelings on the topic, Cricket wouldn’t let her stick around anyways. The First Law of Robotics just wouldn’t allow him to. So, with tears streaming down her face, she and Cricket and Ezekiel had slunk away from the heart of that hollow tower, away from the Myriad supercomputer that contained every one of Nicholas Monrova’s dirty secrets, and away from the girl who was nothing close to a girl at all.
They’d had their pick of vehicles in the GnosisLabs armory. In the end, Ezekiel had settled on a grav-tank, big and bulky and bristling with guns. It’d be slower going, but the tank’s cushion of magnetized particles would handle any terrain, and its rad-proof armor plating would offer better protection out on the Glass. Heart like lead in her chest, Lemon had taken one last look at the tower where her bestest had decided to remain. And then, bad as it hurt, they’d left her behind.
Ezekiel drove, and Lemon sulked, the kilometers grinding away in silence. They’d avoided the broken freeway where they’d fought the Preacher, heading west toward the setting sun. Lemon fought her sobs the whole way. Cricket plodded behind, looking back over his shoulder as Babel grew smaller and smaller still.
Before he’d died, Grandpa had transferred the little bot’s consciousness into the Quixote--GnosisLabs’ champion logika gladiator. The little fug stood seven meters tall now, wrecking-ball fists and urban-camo paintjob, optics burning like little blue suns. He might look like a faceful of hardcore, but Mister C had created Cricket to protect Eve, and Lemon knew the big bot was feeling just as sore as she was about leaving her behind.
It was close to sundown, and they had been making their way through a series of deep sandstone gullies when the ambush hit. Lemon had been sitting in the gunner’s seat, sucking down some bottled water and fighting a growing nausea in her belly. She’d heard a faint whistle, a shuddering boom, and half the gully wall just collapsed right on top of them. As the dust cleared, Lemon had realized the front half of their tank was buried under rubble. If she and Zeke were riding something with a little less armor, they’d already be fertilizer.
Cricket had disappeared under an avalanche of broken sandstone. Ezekiel had gunned the engine hard, but the tank didn’t have the grunt to drag itself free of all that weight. That’s when the first rocket streaked down from above, lighting up their hull with a blossom of bright, crackling flame.
“We’re allllll gonna die,” Lemon muttered.
Dusk was deepening, but the tank’s cams were thermographic. Lem scoped two rocket emplacements on the gully walls above. They were protected by sandbags, crewed by three men apiece. The scavvers were wearing piecemeal armor and muddy gold tees underneath, painted with what looked like an oldskool knight’s helmet.
Lem had to give them points for the color-coordinated outfits, but she wondered if these goons actually had any brainmeats inside their skulls. She watched through her gunner cams as the rubble behind them stirred, and a titanic fist punched up from beneath. Servos and engines whining, Cricket pushed himself free, shook himself like a dog to rid himself of the grit and dust.
- Lexile measure : 780L
- Grade level : 7 - 9
- Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
- Hardcover : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1524713961
- ISBN-13 : 978-1524713966
- Dimensions : 5.81 x 1.44 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : Knopf Books for Young Readers (June 25, 2019)
- Reading level : 12 - 17 years
- Language: : English
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- #1,420 in Teen & Young Adult Science Fiction Action & Adventure
- #2,022 in Teen & Young Adult Science Fiction & Dystopian Romance
- #146,773 in Children's Books
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Dev1at3 is finally here and it was freaking amazing! It was easily a 5 star read for me. I felt like this sequel gave me more of the things I loved within the first story, LifeL1k3!
There's even more:
• of the dystopian world of Yousay we love!
• Miss Lemon Fresh and her spitfire self
• Ezekiel, Eve and my 'little' favorite worry bot Cricket
• new characters to love…and hate… and love to hate!
• action packed, adventure!
• all the feels!
• and twists…with a capital 'S'…for SEVERAL.
Back in the land of Yousay, everything's gone to…you guessed it. The story picks up a few hours after Lifel1k3 left off and everyone is dealing with the aftermath of what went down in Babel. Lemon Fresh, Ezekiel and Cricket find themselves separated after an occurrence outside of Babel and get pulled in different directions. Lemon Fresh falls in with a group of deviates. Cricket finds himself sold off to the Brotherhood who believes he's a seasoned war bot and killing machine. Ezekiel gangs up with a dangerous ally to relocate Lemon and Cricket while he's still trying to get his head on straight from Anna and Eve. Meanwhile, Eve teams up with her new brothers and sisters in Babel and sets plans in motion that may mean utter destruction for all.
Pacing and Points of View:
The overall pacing was fast. I read this book in a day and loved it! I loved how the beginning first pages immediately lists the characters and gives you a run down of the who's who and where we saw each character last! It was very helpful, and fun to read, especially with the amount of characters and happenings in the last book. Once again, there were multiple points of view like Lifel1k3 and this time Cricket is added into the mix! There are still points of view from Eve, Lemon Fresh, and Ezekiel. I never once felt bored by any point of view and loved reading each characters story within the story.
All the favorite characters are back and I felt this story delved more into each individual characters thoughts and feelings. I loved seeing the world from Cricket's point of view. He felt annoying at times in the first book, but I truly loved his character progression in this story. Lemon Fresh is still my favorite though! I love seeing where this story is taking her, good or bad. Eve and Ezekiel took a step back a little to make room for the other two, but I still loved reading every interaction. There were several new favorite characters as well including a bot! A few new villains as well which are making the world of Yousay even more dangerous!
Overall, I really loved this sequel. I cannot recommend it enough to dystopian lovers! It definitely lived up to the Lifel1k3 expectations for me. I cannot wait to read the final installment of this story especially after that cliffhanger! Which was a pretty big one. I'm not gonna lie. I'm still a little antsy about it and I need to find out the end to this slightly troubling, yet entertaining, path all of these characters are on!
Thank you so much to NetGalley and the publishers at Knopf Books for Young Readers and Random House Childrens for blessing me with the opportunity to read this digital ARC in exchange for an honest review. I love this sequel and I can't wait to buy anything this author writes in the future!
Things I know about Jay Kristoff.
① - He isn’t afraid to take chances with his characters and stories.
❷ - He probably is sustained by the tears of his readers.
③ - He write friendships really well.
❹ - He really seems to enjoy worlds with a lot of devastation due to over pollution.
⑤ - Just because you think you know where the story is going don’t get too comfortable because things are about to change.
Dev1at3 starts out just after the events of Lifel1k3 and our characters have ended up in some precarious situations. Evie might has lost her mind, Ezekiel has definitely list his heart, Cricket might have gained a body but he lost his mistress and Lemon, well Lem has lost her bestest which felt like the biggest loss of all.
I don’t want to give away too many details of the story since the discovery of them is where all the fun lies.
Lemon is used to being the sidekick girl, she was comic relief and the fun banter partner, now she is thrust into the role of the main character. She has both of the biggest corps on her tail, one wants to destroy her and the other wants to use her to destroy. But first things first she needs to find something to help with the radiation poisoning she is feeling.
Zeke, is trying to do the write thing but when he gets separated from Lemon, he makes a few questionable choices and decides to trust someone that probably shouldn’t be trusted. More still he is pulled in so many directions. Who does he save? Lemon Fresh the girl he’s known a few weeks and made a promise to. Anna, the girl he loved and lost. Or, Evie the girl he thought was Anna, who was more than he could have dreamed.
***"Affection’s a two-way street, son. Anything else is just obsession.”***
Cricket has always wanted to be big but now he is in the body of a Goliath it doesn’t seem like everything it is cracked up to be and being in the middle of Brotherhood territory is no fun for a bot at all. He needs to find a way to get back to the people he really cares about and not end up wiped in the process.
Eve, oh Eve. She is having a little bit of a breakdown and might have taken a few things a little too far. It seems when the blinders were pulled off she kinda swung hard the other direction and her friends should be very afraid both for her and of her.
***“Sometimes you don't know you've crossed the line till you're on the other side.”***
A few new characters are introduced that have some powers like Lemon and the roots of the Brotherhood are explained in this. Plus, we get to see more of the Yousay and the all the destruction it has gone through since war 4.0. I really like seeing how the two big Corporations took very different roads to become behemoths in there bid to control the world. One is all tech and the other is more genetic modification.
But be prepared with Truel1f3 in hand because this is going to end with a bang and you’ll want to jump into the next book right away.
Top reviews from other countries
Set in a dystopian future where the earth is an irradiated mess
fought over by corporations once the big three there are now two as Gnosis fell prior to book one directly given rise to the events of the series.
Now the world has experienced a new faction the life-likes, a race of humanoid androids as they plot a existence free from the demands of humanity.
This book follows three major protagonists Cricket formerly a helper bot he found himself transferred into a battle bot after the events of book one and finds himself navigating the grey areas of the three laws as he tries to keep surviving, lemon a abnorm or deviate a collection of humans that have developed unusual and, sometimes, useful powers lemons powers branch off in new ways as she finds companionship and family among other abnorms.
Ezekiel a life life on a quest to find a former love and to try to save another he stands in opposition to Eve the former hero of book one who with the discovery of her heritage finds her humanity slipping away.
Okay this series is like a mixed tape of great sci fi moments and ideas, from the X-men like abnorms, the life-likes who bear a close relationship in more ways then one to the replicants from blade runner or cylons from bsg , to logitkas three laws being Asimov three law of robotics and on and on terribly original it’s not what it is fun, well paced and well written by one of the best genre authors today if you like a good sci fi actioner with a dash of doomed love then roll on up you will find much to love.
I always worry with book 2 that they will just be a filler. But as usually with these books that never happens and yet again I was gripped until the last page and now need book 3
Really looking forward to the final instalment , our in mid July . This is screaming out to be made into a film or tv series, Netflix, Amazon and BBC please take note.