To fellow readers,
“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 ‘Likelike’ because they so closely 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 finally learn the truth about the bloody secrets of her past.”
I’ve been writing and rewriting this review for the past week because I haven’t been able to fully explain how devastatingly beautiful this post apocalyptic princess warrior young adult novel is. The only nonspoilery comment I can make, is on the incredible writing style. The use of words that he manipulates into sentences that bloom into gorgeous poetry, easily conveys the atmosphere of the book. The only other style of writing I can compare it to is Cassandra Clare, author of The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices and The Dark Artifices, due to her whimsical words.
Interesting themes were scattered throughout LIFEL1K3 including:
• What makes us human? How do we define humanity?
• Can we control what we create? What are out moral responsibilities to our creations?
• What are the effects of humans playing God?
Another wonderful part was the characters. I find that it’s rare for me to like ALL of the main characters in a book, so reading about Eve, Ezekiel, Lemon Fresh and Cricket was brilliant. Also, totally not being bias because of her red hair or anything but Lemon was definitely my favourite. Nevertheless, here are my thoughts on LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff and be warned, there will be full spoilers ahead.
I take back what I said in my last review (They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera) about never wanting to throw a book across the room more. I reread the last page twice, closed the book and then, miraculously, it was on the other side of the room. But before I do start, I’d like to make note that each chapter up until half way, would begin with Eve’s nightmare recounts and one person killed by a Lifelike. It wasn’t until after her implant had been bashed up a tad and Ezekiel finally decided to tell the truth, that you were meant to connect the dots on, “oh so they were all murdered by the Lifelikes who had been moulded after each family members own personality.” Which, truth be told, was very unsettling but also perplexing as I went back to each chapter and reread those little moments in a new intriguing light.
During the middleish part of the book Ezekiel, Eve, Lemon and Cricket were trapped inside the Kracken with those freaky people, one of them mentioned how they didn’t want Eve, only Lemon, as she was “polluted” and “unnatural.” I assumed that it was due to her bionic eye but then with the whole Eve, Lifelike, Ana battle at the end with crazy Gabriel, it just exploded in my mind how talented Kristoff is in his writing.
There are two points that made me all the more flabbergasted at the end, both being foreshadowing. Firstly, Eve not being the one with powers but Lemon Fresh. After that whole paragraph where Eve pulled apart all of the scenes where “she had used her powers” in dangerous situations, it all made sense. Eve realising how every time, they had activated AFTER Lemon Fresh noticed the happenings and when she was unconscious during the battle with the Preacher while in The Glass. It was mind boggling. *waves hands excitedly through the air* Secondly, EVE BEING A LIFELIKE FOR ANA AFTER THE MASSIVE EXPLOSION (you know the one I’m talking about in the book). Throughout the whole book you were positioned to think and feel a certain way towards the “heros” and “villains” but then BAM PLOT TWIST EVERYTHING IS FLIPPED ON ITS HEAD! I think my mind broke at the point, so I took a ‘holy shoot’ moment to comprehend what the actual heck was going on and then returned to the best madness ever.
Fun Fact: I read this 400 page amazingness in two days during finals. It was that good.
I am now going to read another of Jay Kristoff’s books, Obsidio with Amie Kaufman, the final book in the Illuminae Files trilogy to mask my pain for one set of characters to another.
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