DEV1AT3 (Deviate)

DEV1AT3 (Deviate)

by Jay Kristoff

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Overview

From bestselling author Jay Kristoff comes the second installment in the LIFEL1K3 trilogy--hailed by Marie Lu as "a breathless, action-packed exploration of what humanity really means."

In the wake of a climactic battle in the ruined city of Babel, two former best friends suddenly find themselves on opposite sides of the same quest. Eve is torn between the memories of the girl she was, and the synthetic she's discovered herself to be. Together with her lifelike "siblings," Eve sets out to find the real Ana Monrova, whose DNA is the key to building an army of lifelikes. Meanwhile, Eve's best friend, Lemon, is coming to terms with a power that she has long denied--and that others want to harness as a weapon. When she meets a strange boy named Grimm, he offers to lead her out of the horror-ridden landscape and to an enclave of other abnorms like herself. There, Lemon quickly finds a sense of belonging--and perhaps even love--among the other genetic deviates. But all is not what it seems, and with enemies and friends, heroes and villains wearing interchangeable faces, Lemon, too, will join the race to locate Ana Monrova before her former best friend can get to her.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781524713966
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 06/25/2019
Series: LIFEL1K3 Series , #2
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 39,466
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.60(d)
Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jay Kristoff is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of THE LOTUS WAR, THE ILLUMINAE FILES, and THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE. He is the winner of two Aurealis Awards and an ABIA, was a nominee for the David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards, has been named multiple times to the Kirkus and Amazon Best Teen Books lists, and is published in over twenty-five countries, most of which he has never visited. He is as surprised about all of this as you are. He is 6'7" and has approximately 13,030 days to live. He resides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife and the world's laziest Jack Russell. He does not believe in happy endings. Follow Jay: jaykristoff.com or @misterkristoff.

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 “Are these people defective?”
 
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.

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DEV1AT3 (Deviate) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Kibbyra 16 days ago
I always find it difficult to review books written by Jay Kristoff. I’m either too stressed out and/or mad over a tense cliffhanger or I’m just annoyed by how darn well this man can write. With DEV1AT3, I find that I am stressed out, mad, AND annoyed, because dear lord was this book a wild ride through Kristoff’s fever dream of a world. It should come as no surprise that DEV1AT3 is filled with plot twists that will snap your neck without a second thought. It’s hard to talk about the story because so much can be spoiler-y. I think some may find the plot a little chaotic, but even when I questioned where the story was going certain places, I trusted Kristoff to have a purpose. We meander a bit around the desert, but holy heck is it a fun journey. Kristoff writes characters in such a way that coming to care for them is immediate and the characters in the LIFEL1K3 books are no different. I am desperate for book 3 because, in typical Kristoff fashion, the ending leaves you hanging for dear life on the edge of the tallest cliff ever
FadedPages 22 days ago
5/5 stars 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. Synopsis 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. Characters 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 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!
Rebecca_J_Allen 23 days ago
I’m picky about the sequels I read but thought the 1st book in the LIFEL1K3 series was as imaginative as it was action-packed. It pulled me in for another 448-page romp through post-apocalyptic cities and barren desert with Jay Kristoff and his characters. I wasn’t disappointed. Science fiction fans will appreciate Kristoff’s reinterpretation of Asimov’s 3 Law’s of Robotics, which he uses to underpin the conflict in this series. His characters include machines made to serve humans, humans—all sorts, including deviates with special abilities, and machines made to be better than humans. While LIFEL1K3 was primarily told from a human point-of-view, DEV1AT3 gives more time to the viewpoints of the machines. This allows Kristoff to explore more deeply their thoughts and choices, and the prejudice each faces at the hands of others. The correlation between this prejudice against the “other” in Kristoff’s dystopia and that in the world around us boils under the story’s surface. At the surface level, I love Kristoff’s characters. Whether human or machine, they come alive with voice and personality. The world he builds is larger-than-life and the story’s action is out-sized enough to fill that world. Growing conflict and quick pacing make the story a page-turner. What did I not like about this book? That because I read an advanced reader copy, the wait for book 3 will be really, really long. Highly recommended! I received an advanced reader copy of DEV1AT3 in exchange for an honest review. At TheWingedPen.com we have dozens of reviews of middle-grade, and young-adult books. Check out our reviews at: thewingedpen.com/category/books/ or just click on Book Recommendations on our home page where you can search by category!
SkyeWright 23 days ago
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher I was able to read this book in exchange for an honest review. *** Deviate picks up right where Lifelike ended and the hits keep coming. Eve, Lemon, Cricket, and Ezekiel are all separated from one another now and some are in better positions than others (or are they?) Cricket is looking for his human companions, specifically Lemon, but has found himself in a load of trouble with his new body. Lemon is looking for Cricket and Ezekiel and might have found a safe place for Deviates like her and new allies. Ezekiel is looking for Lemon but seems to get distracted by looking for Eve, and has picked up a questionable companion. And Eve is looking for... Ana? Yep, that seems to be the case, along with some unusual companions who are most definitely not on the side of good. This book, like the previous one, moves pretty fast. There is a lot going on and now that they’re all separated the chapters jump back and forth between them all, which worked for me, helped keep the book moving. Lemon is still a delight, Cricket has some interesting growth, Ezekiel is still a bit bland to me, and I’m still questioning Eve’s motives. There is being lied to and being angry and there is being lied to and becoming a mass murderer. One of them isn’t justified but I’ll let you figure out which is which. I feel like Jay Kristoff has it out for his readers and their feels, and he wants to destroy both. It’s both really great and really awful. Send help, I’m an emotional wreck after that ending,
Bookyogi 24 days ago
4.5 stars! Mr. Kristoff why do you do this? Is no one safe from your sinister plots? Are we all subject to jumping at the slightest misstep and guard against becoming too close to your characters? Lemon Fresh, you are a wonder, amazing and scrappy and fierce. Cricket, you are a 71 ton cinnamon roll. Ezekiel, your loyalty is admirable. Grimm, you are a love. Diesel, you are a fine addition to this motley crew. Eve, I am not talking to you.
taramichelle 24 days ago
DEV1at3 was a fantastic sequel to LIFEL1K3 that vastly expanded the world and set the stage for an explosive finale. There was still plenty of Kristoff's trademark humor and entertaining action sequences. While I wasn't a huge fan of splitting up the major characters at first, I ended up loving where all of their personal journeys led them. DEV1at3 is really Lemon Fresh's story and it was so fun to watch her come into her own. Plus Ezekiel and Preacher are my new favorite duo. I also loved seeing how Eve changed over the course of the story and am so intrigued to see how Kristoff is going to wrap everything up. I also enjoyed learning more about the different factions and the major companies. I'm so excited for the finale in this trilogy! I'm always amazed at how Kristoff can balance plot, character development, and humor so well. DEV1at3 was such an entertaining book, I devoured it in just a few hours. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
taramichelle 24 days ago
DEV1at3 was a fantastic sequel to LIFEL1K3 that vastly expanded the world and set the stage for an explosive finale. There was still plenty of Kristoff's trademark humor and entertaining action sequences. While I wasn't a huge fan of splitting up the major characters at first, I ended up loving where all of their personal journeys led them. DEV1at3 is really Lemon Fresh's story and it was so fun to watch her come into her own. Plus Ezekiel and Preacher are my new favorite duo. I also loved seeing how Eve changed over the course of the story and am so intrigued to see how Kristoff is going to wrap everything up. I also enjoyed learning more about the different factions and the major companies. I'm so excited for the finale in this trilogy! I'm always amazed at how Kristoff can balance plot, character development, and humor so well. DEV1at3 was such an entertaining book, I devoured it in just a few hours. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
taramichelle 24 days ago
DEV1at3 was a fantastic sequel to LIFEL1K3 that vastly expanded the world and set the stage for an explosive finale. There was still plenty of Kristoff's trademark humor and entertaining action sequences. While I wasn't a huge fan of splitting up the major characters at first, I ended up loving where all of their personal journeys led them. DEV1at3 is really Lemon Fresh's story and it was so fun to watch her come into her own. Plus Ezekiel and Preacher are my new favorite duo. I also loved seeing how Eve changed over the course of the story and am so intrigued to see how Kristoff is going to wrap everything up. I also enjoyed learning more about the different factions and the major companies. I'm so excited for the finale in this trilogy! I'm always amazed at how Kristoff can balance plot, character development, and humor so well. DEV1at3 was such an entertaining book, I devoured it in just a few hours. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
taramichelle 24 days ago
DEV1at3 was a fantastic sequel to LIFEL1K3 that vastly expanded the world and set the stage for an explosive finale. There was still plenty of Kristoff's trademark humor and entertaining action sequences. While I wasn't a huge fan of splitting up the major characters at first, I ended up loving where all of their personal journeys led them. DEV1at3 is really Lemon Fresh's story and it was so fun to watch her come into her own. Plus Ezekiel and Preacher are my new favorite duo. I also loved seeing how Eve changed over the course of the story and am so intrigued to see how Kristoff is going to wrap everything up. I also enjoyed learning more about the different factions and the major companies. I'm so excited for the finale in this trilogy! I'm always amazed at how Kristoff can balance plot, character development, and humor so well. DEV1at3 was such an entertaining book, I devoured it in just a few hours. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
thegeekishbrunette 25 days ago
Usually I would put a little synopsis in my review but since this is book two I will refrain so that if you haven't read Lifelike, it won't spoil it for you. Let me tell you about this book. It was crazy! Plot twists came out of nowhere and literally ripped me a part! The beginning is great as it reintroduces the reader to the characters once again and goes over what happened to them during book one. You don't see this often but it's always awesome to have a refresher. When it comes to this series, you can expect that the writing style will always be unique with the choice of words the author uses which adds a touch of pizzazz and makes the characters pop. Lemon Fresh is a good example of this and is literally my number one! The main characters are all pretty much struggling with their identity/feelings in some way. This is always nice to see and makes it easier to connect with the them on a deeper level. Caring for the ones you love is hard when obstacles are thrown in your way whether you are a robot or human. Lemon Fresh has a lot going on and I was here for her story! She is at the top of favorite characters because she is fierce and loyal. I just want to squeeze her but I know she wouldn't like that, ha. I hope everything works out for her because right now I am not okay with how this book ended. Overall, I enjoyed this book and the heartbreak that came with it. I will be impatiently waiting for book three and trying to cope with my feelings. If you haven't read this series yet, get on it! Jay Kristoff never disappoints. earc provided by publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.
Karen_Benson 26 days ago
Oh Jay Kristoff, you make me want to thump your head after that ending! How am I going to wait another year to find out what happens to my girl, LemonFresh, and Cricket, and the new friends they’ve made?? Grrrrr... Lifel1k3, book 1, was touted as “Romeo & Juliet meets Mad Max meets X-Men, with a little bit of Blade Runner cheering from the sidelines" Dev1at3 was all of the above times 3!! It felt way more Mad Max and X-Men and to top it off, sidekick Lemon starred in this book! Her and Cricket were my favorites from book 1, so to have book 2 feature both characters as the main POVs, I enjoyed it even more! And then both Lemon and Cricket meet new friends and I adored them all just as much! Well... most of them. In Deviate, the story picks up a few hours after Lifelike ends with Lemon, Ezekiel, and Cricket leaving Evie (per her request). Not long after, the 3 get separated, and each go on to have their own action packed crazy adventures. In the meantime, every so often, we’d get snippets of Eve’s story. I can’t wait to see how the series ends! Kristoff is kind of scaring me as he doesn’t seem to feel bad at all about going to the dark side. I’m already worried about how some of my favorite characters will fare in book 3. Overall though, this book is just pure fun!! *Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Children's/Knopf Books for the advance copy!*
book_junkee 26 days ago
As soon as I found out this was a book with Lemon Fresh, I was all over it. Then the first page was a glossary slash refresher of all of the characters and I couldn’t stop grinning. I loved Lemon so much. I was thrilled to get so much time in her head. She’s snarky and maybe a little prickly, but really the softest of marshmallows. There are a few new characters, but I’m going to leave that super vague. Same for what’s going on with the old characters. Plot wise, it starts with a bang and doesn’t let go. It’s filled with robot battles and explosions and killer bees and rifts opening in the sky and so many other things that could be spoilery. My main complaint is that I never really felt settled into the story. There are so many pieces and so many directions and it was a bit much for me. Overall, it’s one heck of a roller coaster and as usual the ending makes me want book 3 right now. **Huge thanks Knopf BFYR for providing the arc free of charge**
tpolen 26 days ago
I'm pretty sure I squealed in excitement when I received this ARC. The first book in this series, LIFEL1K3, was mind-blowing, full of twists, and one of my most memorable reads last year. In the first book, Lemon Fresh stole nearly every scene she was in, so I was thrilled she's the primary POV for DEV1AT3. Fiercely loyal, a rollicking sense of humor, and such a kind heart - anyone would be lucky to count her as a friend. With her enthralling story, I ran through nearly every emotion out there. By the end of the book, she's still surrounded by mystery, and I'm excited to see what happens next for her. Cricket, my favorite logika, has a chance to live what he thought was his dream. Unfortunately, be careful what you wish for. Ezekiel finds an unlikely accomplice, learns some hard truths, and fights the good fight - but there are still surprises in store for him. The world-building continues to be magnificent, and some new, highly charismatic characters are introduced. Some readers may be disappointed Eve plays more of a minor role in this novel, but Lemon's story is too big to be a sub plot, and needs to be told. When all is said and done, I think everything will weave together in the end. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.