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LIFEL1K3 (Lifelike) Kindle Edition
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|Length: 416 pages||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled||Page Flip: Enabled|
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I did love that the main protagonist, Eve, was a scrappy chica with a heart of gold for her grandfather and those that she cared for. I adored the relationship between Eve and her bestie Lemon, they were a sisterhood unto themselves and I loved it. They had great banter and even though the slang wasn’t my favorite part, they had a way about them that was unique and original. Wow on the robotic characters as well. They were amazingly done and how the story played out with the rules and roles, just wow!
There is a lot to love in this story with its action, adventure, robotics, cyborgs, and even a kraken too! I will admit that I found myself being slightly disappointed with some of the obvious twists that occurred because I saw them coming from a mile away but I kept reading to just make sure I was right. The romance was cute and had its swoony moments for sure but it was not the main focus of the story. I did like that with each twist the story became darker and darker, that really amped up the twists that kept occurring until the end.
To me, LifeL1k3 is about love, oppression, freedom, and choices. It is also about what does it mean to be free and what determines those who deserve freedom, especially freedom of choice. There was so much to enjoy in this story! The ending though, I am still hurting from the ending. Even though I did not like it at all, it was the right ending because it was honest. I loved it and I hated it in equal measure. Overall, if you like spunky young adult characters with hilarious robotic sidekicks and don’t mind a little heart ripping, then I definitely recommend LifeL1k3 to you!
This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
Lifelik3 is such a fast paced story that kept me totally engaged from the first page. The plot was so tight and never strayed off course and even threw in some of the most fantastic twists I never saw coming. What made this story incredibly special was the cast of characters. Eve is a wonderful main character but it's the side characters that really made this story pop for me. Lemon and Cricket are truly special and add a balanced sense of humor to a intense scene which was amazing.
The world building was great as well. It is pretty much set in a post apocalyptic world now full of androids and cyborgs. It's definitely a Rise of the Machines ordeal and I'm so here for it.
The one thing I really didn't like was the romance it would have been a lot worse were it not for it being worked into the plot. But I knew this going into this story since Jay himself said it was like Romeo and Juliet meets Mad Max. So just know that when going into this story.
All in all Lifelik3 was an amazing first book to Jay's new trilogy and I am so so excited to read book 2 when it is finally released next year!!
Gentle friends, I loved this. This was an absolute treat to read! Jay Kristoff’s writing and storytelling is so unique, but if you love it then you will love it with the sum of your being. This book was one of the best things I’ve ever read, and I instantly knew it would make my top books of 2018.
I recommend this with my whole heart for fans of Borderlands, Mad Max, and even Fallout, because that is this book's aesthetic. Yet, this book also is very reminiscent of one of my favorite Disney Animation movies, but to say which would be such a big spoiler, so I will refrain, but it was so amazing! I was constantly reminded of all these stories constantly, and I loved each and every moment. LIFEL1K3 is such a different book, that I can only compare it to these video games and movies, but I truly think it’s going to completely win over the YA world upon release.
The prologue to this book is one of the most heart-filled, heart-pounding, heart-breaking things I’ve ever read. I was instantly captivated and instantly immersed, and even though I was crying, a hand over my mouth, I could never stop reading. The start of every chapter tells more and more (in true Jay Kristoff style), and my heart continued to break and break, but I promise you; this story is so well crafted. I have no combination of words to even weave together to express how smart and seamlessly this is woven together.
“They used to call it Kalifornya, but now they called it Dregs.”
This story starts out in an alternate post-apocalyptic future of The United States. Robots in this world are the equivalent to slaves, and robots that look like humans (androids) are completely outlawed. Our main protagonist is battling in the WarDome, against robots, in a mech she has built herself from scavenging. She does these battles so that she can afford her grandfather’s medication, and in the opening of the book, she is in desperate need to win. So desperate that something happens to put an X on her back, and she and her friends are forced to flee, because the battles are broadcasted all over Dregs.
➽ Eve - A seventeen-year-old girl, who has been living with her grandpa in Tire Valley for two years now. Eve also only has one eye, and I loved that representation with my whole heart. Also, Eve soon realizes that the life she has always known, might not be the only life she has ever lived. So many secrets. So many twists. So many choices.
“Two lives, colliding like stars inside her mind. The life she knew—the life of Evie Carpenter. Domefighter. Top-tier botdoc. A skinny little scavvergirl eking out a living on the island of Dregs. And someone else. Another girl entirely.”
➽ Lemon - Eve’s best friend, who lives with her. Also, the funniest character I’ve read about in a really long time. I’m talking about full on, have to put the book down, giggles. Like, this book has the best banter I may have ever read, and all of the amazingness came from Lemon Fresh. One of my new all-time favorite characters. But I will say that Lemon does have a scene that bothered me, when she tried to take a peak at what was under a lifelike’s pants. It didn’t happen, but still, things like that are never cute, and her being a girl and him being a boy doesn’t make it okay. But besides this one thing, Lemon Fresh was truly the star of this book for me, and I want to be her when I grow up.
“I don’t care who’s after you. Where you’re from or where you’re going. It’s you, me, Crick and Kaiser. No matter what. Rule Number One in the Scrap, remember? Stronger together, together forever.”
➽ Cricket - AI that was made to protect Eve by her grandpa. And even though they are adorable, my only complaint is about this character. Cricket is with the girls when they find a lifelike, and when they find him, he is missing an arm since it was a really bad crash. Throughout the book Cricket calls Ezekiel “Stumpy” and “Braintrauma” and it just read really bad. It also kind of makes me not like Cricket as much as I’m sure many others will.
“If he wasn’t a real person, why does this hurt so badly?”
➽ Ezekiel - I loved Ezekiel, so much, instantly, right off the bat. He is the lifelike that Eve and Lemon find, when they are rushing home after the events that happened at the WarDome. lifelikes are outlawed everywhere, because they somehow broke the Three Laws that are hard-coded into every single robot.
“He gave us life, but he intended us to live it on our knees.”
And many of these lifelikes resided in a place called Babel. Growing up, you guys might have learned about the story of Tower of Babel as a lesson about why we speak so many different languages. Basically, after the Great Flood happened, a bunch of people came together and agreed to build a tower that would touch Heaven itself. God, realizing what they are attempting, scatters them all around the world and makes them all speak different languages, hence our world today. And the irony was not missed on how perfect of a title for a residence this is. And all the lifelike’s names are also super biblical.
The soul of this novel is about oppression, and the sick things we are willing to tell ourselves to justify it. How people will treat other living being differently, and unjustly, because they feel like they are higher on the social hierarchy. This book may be about humans vs robots, but I think it mirrors a lot of issues going on in today’s world, and I think a lot of people could take away many things from this book.
“Look outside that door, and you will see a world built on metal backs. Held together by metal hands.”
The heart of this novel is about love, and how we are always deserving of it, even if we are searching for it our entire lives. The romance in this was exceptionally done, and I was swooning so hard at so many different scenes. But this book doesn’t just focus on the romantic love between two people, but also the importance of love between friends. Eve and Lemon’s friendship is honestly goals. And this book is for sure a love letter to found families everywhere.
“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.”
And in true Jay Kristoff fashion, he ripped my heart out at the end of this book. I honestly am not sure how I’m going to be able to cope and deal with the wait for the next book. It will easily be one of my most anticipated releases of 2019, and I am so curious what direction the story is going to go. I also believe, with my whole heart, that the second book will be even better than LIFEL1K3. Even though this was a five star read, it was setting the stage for something that’s going to be such a masterpiece.
Overall, I loved this. I loved seeing Eve discover who she was, who she is, and who she wants to be. I loved the beautiful, lyrical writing. I loved the important themes and discussions that were expertly woven in. I loved laughing and crying and feeling everything in-between for the characters. I loved this world and traveling it alongside these characters. I even loved all the twists and turns. Also, to say that this has a cliffhanger ending is a understatement. But this was such a fun read, and I think there is so much that so many will love, too! I
“Your past doesn’t make calls on your future. It doesn’t matter who you were. Only who you are.”
Content/Trigger Warnings: murder, gore, violence, death, loss of a loved one, bullying, robotic animal cruelty, talk of suicide, talk of cancer, terminal illness, child abandonment, physical abuse, torture, bombings, and war themes.
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