LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff
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.
It took me a little while to really get into this book, but once I connected with the characters, I was hooked and didn’t want to put it down. I’m always a bit slow with sci fi and fantasy, so this wasn’t surprising to me. The story actually starts off pretty exciting.
There is so much to love about this book and there are twists that I can’t giveaway.
Eve lives with her grandpa, Silas. Her whole family was killed by the lifelikes that her dad created. Lifelikes are artificial humans that look so much like a person that you probably wouldn’t know they weren’t. Eve really doesn’t remember much about her life previous to the past two years. She was shot and almost died, but Silas implanted her with a memory chip. There are still a lot of blanks. She starts remembering things, but she is called Ana in the memories, but that is not her name…
Lemon Fresh is Eve’s best friend and my favorite person in the book. She is snarky and sarcastic, but super loyal. She and Eve are so close and stick together through everything.
“Stronger together, together forever.”
There are different types of robots including Eve’s dog, Kaiser, and her protector, Cricket. They live in the Dregs, which used to be Kalifornya before the last great war. The war destroyed so much of the land.
Eve and her crew find a lifelike and bring it back. They thought he was dead, but when he came to, he started calling Eve Ana and knew her very well. Eve started to remember some of her past life, including falling in love with Zeke, this lifelike. He was everything to her before her family was killed. But she still has trouble trusting him.
Another lifelike shows up and takes Silas. Eve and Lemon decide that they need to go rescue him and they both find out secrets about each other.
As usual, Jay likes to totally break his readers. There are deaths and betrayals, plus some pretty big twists that I can’t share. All I can say is that it ended in a way that makes me want book two right now.
I gave this book 5 stars. Thank you to netgalley for giving me the chance to read it early. I also pre-ordered a finished copy and I’m looking forward to adding it to my collection.