Publication date: 9th May 2018
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
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.
I received an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.
I am going to keep this short and sweet because I do not want to drop any spoilers in this review.
Where do I even begin?! Firstly, the description on the front of the novel “It’s Romeo & Juliet meets Mad Max, Meets X-Men, with a little bit of Blade Runner cheering from the sidelines” – this could not be anymore spot on.
Lifel1k3 was EPIC! Filled with chaos, badass female characters, crazy powerful people, bad corporate organisations, robots, robot wars, romance and epic car chases through the desert.
This book was ACTIONED PACKED! I was hooked from the very first page. Only Jay Kristoff could do and pull off what occurs in this book.
The characters, oh the characters! Jay just knows how to write such incredible BAD ASS female characters. Eve is our main protagonist, but her sidekick/ street sister/ best friend Lemon Fresh is honestly the love of my life. I was instantly in love with these two characters and I just wanted to keep reading more and more of their interactions.
Eve’s life is turned upside down after a fight in the dome goes a little differently than normal and what occurs is broadcast live – leading powerful greedy corporations, a crazy hitman and the puritanical Brotherhood onto her. You’d think that would be bad enough – but let’s add in a ruined android as well as some crazy kill happy very similar androids that are quite ‘alive’ to the mix and you’ve got a party Kristoff style.
The events at the beginning of the novel kick off a crazy and wild ride, filled with death, truth bombs, real bombs, gun fights, mysterious creatures and some crazy means of transportation. It will bring Eve and her comrades into the arms of enemies they didn't kow they had. There's also a little bit of time for some love with a very handsome looking character. And it will also bring Eve face to face with secrets long since buried, buried secrets never lead to a happy ending – who she can trust will be questioned and who she is will be answered – Kristoff style of course, so be prepared for some major shocks.
Kristoff will leave you speechless as he throws curveballs at you left, right and centre. Whilst I did see some things coming, there were definitely times where I was like WTF just happened. The plot is fast paced – my eyes were glued to the pages and I don’t think I could have turned the pages faster even if I tried.
True to Kristoff style, he will make you fall in love, rip your heart out and leave you with a cliff-hanger so big you won’t be able to close your jaw – thanks Jay.
I can honestly say Lifel1k3 is crazy, epic, badassery and you will not regret a single moment reading this crazy new one of a kind novel. Gimme book two now, please and thank you.