LIFEL1K3 (Lifelike)

LIFEL1K3 (Lifelike)

by Jay Kristoff


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From the coauthor of the New York Times bestselling Illuminae Files comes the first book in a new series that's part Romeo and Juliet, part Terminator, and all adrenaline.

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 "Lifelike" because they 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 learn the truth about the bloody secrets of her past.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781524713928
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 05/29/2018
Series: Lifel1k3 , #1
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 164,019
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.60(d)
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 in 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 abides 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: or @misterkristoff.

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Almost everybody called her Eve.

At first glance, you might’ve missed her. She wouldn’t have minded much. Hunched on the shoulder of a metal giant, she was just a silhouette amid the hiss and hum and halos of glittering sparks. She was tall, a little gangly, boots too big and cargos too tight. Sun-bleached blond hair was undercut into an impressive fauxhawk. Her sharp cheekbones were smudged with grease, illuminated by the cutting torch in her hands. She was seventeen years old, but she looked older still. Just like everything around her.

A black metal sphere sat in the socket where her right eye should’ve been. Six silicon chips were plugged behind her right ear, and a long oval of artificial flesh ran from her temple to the base of her skull. The implant obviously wasn’t made for her--the skin tone was a little too pale to match her complexion.

It was just about the right shape for a nasty exit wound.

“Testing, testing . . . y’all hear me out there?”

The girl almost everyone called Eve clamped a screwdriver between her teeth, glanced at the monitors across from her work pit. A high-def image showed the arena above her head, three hundred meters wide, littered with scorched barricades and the rusting hulks of previous competitors. The EmCee stood in the spotlight, wearing a sequined jacket and a matching bowler hat. There was no need for a mic. Her voice fed directly to the PA via implants in her teeth.

“Juves and juvettes!” she cried. “Scenekillers and wageslaves, welcome . . . to WarDome!”

The crowd roared. Thousands of them clinging like limpets to the Dome’s bars, humming, thrumming, feet all a-drumming. Most were the worse for stims or a bellyful of home brew, drunker still at the thought of the carnage to come. Their vibrations sank into Eve’s bones, and she couldn’t help but smile. Tasting her fear and swallowing it whole.

“Showtime,” she whispered.

“In the blue zone,” cried the EmCee, “the condemned! A fritzer, fresh from the border of the Glass, with the murder of seventy-two accredited citizens on its head. Brought here tonight for a taste of oldskool justice! All y’all give this fug a warm and fuzzy Dregs welcome. Some volume, if you please . . . for GL-417!”

Blue floodlights arced at the Dome’s north end, and the floor panels rolled away. A hulking lump of robotic menace rose into view amid a hail of spit and jeers. Eve’s insides turned slippery cold at the sight on her monitor. Her cutting torch wavered in her hands.

Hard to swallow your fear with no spit, isn’t it?

The robot in the blue zone loomed ten meters high. Bulky as a battleship, it looked like a high-speed collision between an earthmover and some armored knight from the history virtch. It was a heavy-combat model, Goliath-class, and the thought of a bot that lethal throwing down under the Dome lights sent punters lunging for their pockets and bookies scrambling for their tabs.

This was going to be a fight. . . .

“This is going to be a massacre,” said a tinny voice in Eve’s left ear.

Ignoring the warning, she finished her welding, her dark goggles held up to what she thought of as her good eye. Talking true, the glossy black optical implant that replaced her right peeper saw better than her real one--it had flare compensation, a telescopic zoom, low-light and thermal imaging. But it always gave her headaches. Whirred when she blinked. Itched when her nightmares woke her crying.

“How’s that, Cricket?” she shouted.

“Targeting only shows a 13.7 percent improvement.”

Cricket peered out at her from the pilot’s chair with his mismatched eyes. The little robot’s face couldn’t show expressions, but he wiggled the metal slivers that passed for his eyebrows to show his agitation. He was a homunculus of spare parts, forty centimeters tall, the color of rust. There was no symmetry to him at all. His optics were too big for his head, and his head was too big for his body. The heat sinks on his back and across his scalp looked like the spines of an animal from old history virtch. Porcupines, they used to call ’em.

“Well, it’s showtime, so it’ll have to do,” Eve replied. “That Goliath is big as a house, so it’s not like it’s gonna be tricky to hit.”

“This might sound stupid, but you could always back out of this, Evie.”

“Okay, now why would you think that’d sound stupid, Crick?”

“You know better than this.” Cricket scrambled down to the floor. “Shouldn’t even be throwing down in the Dome. Grandpa would blow a head gasket if he found out.”

“Who do you think taught me how to build bots in the first place?”

“You’re punching too far above your weight on this one. Acting a damn jackass.”

“Grandpa’s gonna wipe you if he hears you swear like that.”

Cricket placed one hand on his chest with mock solemnity. “I am as my maker intended.”

Eve laughed and scaled across to the cockpit. The fit was snug; her machina stood only six meters high, and there was barely enough room for her beside the viewscreens and control sleeves. Most of the machina competing in Dome bouts were salvaged infantry models, but Eve’s baby was Locust-class, built for lightning-quick assaults on fortified positions during the CorpState Wars. Humanoid in shape, what it lacked in bulk, it made up for in speed, and it was customized for bot wrecking--serrated claws on its left hand, a jet-boosted pickax on its right. Its armor was painted in a violent camo of black and luminous pink. Eve dropped into the pilot’s chair and shouted down to Cricket.

“Does my butt look big in this?”

“Do you want the truth?” the little bot replied.

“Do you want me to disable your voice box again?”

“Seriously, Evie, you shouldn’t go up there.”

“It’s an opening spot, Crick. We need the scratch. Badly.”

“Ever wonder why you got offered first swing against a bot that big?”

“Ever wonder why I keep calling you paranoid?”

Cricket placed his hand back on his chest. “I am as my maker--”

“Right, right.” Eve smiled lopsided, running through the start-up sequence. “Jump on the monitors, will you? I’ll need your eyes when we throw down.”

Eve was always amazed at how well the little robot sighed, given he didn’t have any lungs to exhale with.

“Never fear, Crick.” She slapped her machina’s hide. “No way a bot this beautiful is getting bricked by some fritzer. Not while I’m flying it.”

The voice piped up through the speaker in Eve’s ear. “Right. Have some faith, you little fug.”

“Aw, thanks, Lem.” Eve smiled.

“No problem. I can have all your stuff when you die, right?”


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LIFEL1K3 (Lifelike) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Cute_Book_Nerd 10 months ago
After reading Illuminae and seeing LIFEL1K3 on the shelves, I knew I had to have it. I loved the premise of this book and it was something new for me personally. Jay Kristoff is an amazing author and currently one of my favorites! My favorite part about this book was that Kristoff seamlessly could connect the past and present using flashbacks that added so much mystery to the plot and kept me interested. I am always looking for strong female characters within a book and Eve didn't disappoint, she's headstrong and brave and has a mouth on her that made me laugh. Lemon, her best friend although not in the spotlight necessarily, she is still such a strong female character that I could relate to on many levels. I love books that completely blindside you at the end, although frustrating I think it makes for an amazing novel. Can't wait to read DEV1AT3!
Aditi-ATWAMB More than 1 year ago
There’s this certain fear you feel, going into a book by Jay Kristoff, because he has this undeniable talent to make you FALL FOR and truly GET INVESTED in the lives of the characters on his pages, and then in just a SNAP, kills them off, leaving you reeling and heartbroken. Of course, books that break me are also my favourite kind of books to read, so here we are. I finished reading this book MORE THAN A WEEK AGO and I’m only now sitting down to write my review because WHAT EVEN WAS THAT BOOK AND WILL SOMEONE PLEASE HAND ME THE NEXT ONE, THANKS. THINGS I’M OBSESSED WITH IN LIFELIKE: 1. THE CHARACTERS, ALL THREE CATEGORIES OF ROBOT INCLUDED: I mean, HOLY CRAP. I loved Evie and Ezekiel and Lemon Fresh and Kasier and Cricket and JUST ABOUT EVERYONE ELSE. EVEN THE BAD GUYS. Well, maybe not the bounty hunter, but I DID love all the Lifelikes. I also loved the PURE SASS that each and every one of them had, especially Evie, calling Ezekiel ‘Brain trauma’ and each time they got into a bad situation, which was the whole book, really, how they would STILL BE SASSING EACH OTHER OUT WHILE KILLING BAD GUYS. 2. THE PLOT TWISTS: I mean, someone hold me, because there were plot twists inside plot twists and essentially, everything we learnt turns out to be a LIE and I honestly cannot wait to see what Lifelike 2 is all about because the plotting in this book was ALL OUT GENIUS and I never saw THREE QUARTERS OF IT COMING. *Still reels from all the shock* 3. THE COVER: The more I read in the book, the more I realised the significance of the (UK) cover to it all. It’s just SUCH A GORGEOUS COVER AND I CANNOT STOP STARING. 4. Ezekiel: I love LOVE this Lifelike in particular. I love the way he fight, his power, his determination and his loyalty. It was just such a pleasure, getting to know him and also unravel all his lies as the book went on. I LOVE THE MORALLY GREY NATURE OF ESSENTIALLY EVERY CHARACTER IN THIS BOOK. They’re all so messed up, and it felt so real and human and I loved it. 5. MACHINE VS HUMAN: I loved the debate this book strung, through the Lifelikes, about how ‘human’ machines are. It was such a heart wrenching thing that I honestly didn’t expect. It made me see this book (and AIDAN, from Illuminae, TBH) in a completely different light. WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK? Without a doubt. Lifelike was a crazy, brilliant marvel of a book that has twists within its biggest plot twists, robots that seem human, kraken, bounty hunters, girls with the power to bring down machines with their minds and flying houses. It honestly doesn’t get better than this post-apocalyptic MASTERPIECE and I will NEVER STOP RECOMMENDING IT.
paisleypikachu More than 1 year ago
4/5 ^ See those numbers up there? That's four out of five stars, which means I really enjoyed this book. I'm gonna need y'all to keep that in mind because I prooomise that I really did actually quite like this book a lot, despite the complaints I'm about to drop. But first, the good! Jay Kristoff is amazing at creating characters. While the MC, Eve, was by far not my favorite, she's still pretty great. The beauty of LIFEL1K3 lies in its supporting cast. Miss Lemon Fresh is one of THE BEST characters I've read in 2018 and I'd honestly like an entire series that focuses just on her getting every person she comes across to unwittingly admit how cute she is. The plucky little- hee hee- robot Cricket is also a delight to read. LIFEL1K3 is a fast, fun read, with lots of humor. The world building is excellent. I absolutely love the vibe that Kristoff created with this story, while not wholly original, it's definitely something I haven't really seen in YA specifically. Speaking of originality... There were times that LIFEL1K3 felt so, so derivative. It's SO Blade Runner-meets-Mad Max, but with dashes of Pinnocchio, biblical stories, and another something that I'm not gonna actually say because SPOILERS. And derivative doesn't always mean bad! Everything is derivative of something these days! I just really wanted a bit more Kristoff in this one that I felt like I got. His Nevernight books feel so original, and I guess they've set the bar pretty high for his writing because I feel like LIFEL1K3 just doesn't quite reach that level. My other complaint is with the character development. I felt like it all happened off the page, before the story even started. I won't go into detail with this one because SPOILERS but I really didn't see many characters grow, either individually or in their relationships with each other, until the very end of the book. Overall though, LIFEL1K3 is a really fun book to read, with a stellar, if predictable, ending. I can't wait for the sequel, and Jay Kristoff remains one of my favorite authors.
SecondRunReviews More than 1 year ago
LIFELiK3 is a clever mashup of Pinocchio and the Anastasia legend with kiss-ass girls in mechs and robots!
a_bookworms_nook More than 1 year ago
Hey, book dragons!! So I just finished Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff and oh my goodness. I fell in love with Jays writing when I read Illuminea files and I am so glad I picked up this book. It was a book full of world-building, character development and a plot that was fantastic. But before I get too far ahead of myself. Let me give you the summary for this amazing book.  This book with it passing and characters were amazing. However, I find that the true strength of this novel is in the characters relationships. Eve, Lemon and Cricket and even the boy who isn't a boy Ezekiel. I fell in love with these characters and their stories. How each grows into someone I can't wait to meet again in the next book. The love and loyalty of the friendships in this story. I feel that this friendship between Lemon and Eve were the building blocks of this story.  I will say that you should go into this story blind than anything. The world will take you a bit to get used to, the language they use but once you get there it's hard to put this story down.  The ending was perfection. And like I've said I can't wait for the next book. Jay Kristoff is an amazing writer who can take 26 letters and make them into words that will blow your mind.  But all in all, LifeL1k3 was a fun read that was original, excellent plot and characters. It had me holding my breath several times.  I could go about this book but I'll save you the time and get right down to it.  Buy the book, you won't regret it.  Till next time here in the nook!
Cheyenne_T More than 1 year ago
Warning. Danger. This thing wasn’t human. It might look it, sound it, feel it. It might be as beautiful as all the stars in the sky. Problem was, the smog was usually too thick to see the stars anymore. And there was something wrong here. I want to start off by saying this was one of my most anticipated releases of the Summer and was one of the books on my Summer Must-Reads post, and boy, it didn’t disappoint. I happen to find the subject of artificial intelligence very interesting, and so this book really piqued my interest from the moment I first heard the blurb. This was one big mix of bad ass, and I enjoyed this whole thrill ride from start to finish. The wait for the next book is going to be all kinds of excruciating. This did start off a little slow for me, I’m not sure why, but after I got to part two I really started to blaze through it. It wasn’t because the start of the book was boring or anything, I think I started at a weird time and then you’re thrust into a world that is vastly different from ours and the slang and things make it hard to get sucked in until you figure a few things out. Once I did get accustomed to the ‘feel’ of the world, so to speak, it was full steam ahead from there. There were a crazy amount of plot twists in this; imagine you read this whole book and you think you’re certain about some stuff and then all of a sudden it all gets turned upside down. Don’t let that scare you, though! It was such an absolute shock, but in such a good way! To me, nothing is better than a book that keeps well hidden secrets. One of my very favorite aspects of this book was the fact that I was kept guessing at every turn and was constantly surprised by new information. I enjoyed all the characters in this, and if I’m being honest (which I always try to be when it comes to my reviews) I now have a total crush on a robot. Ezekiel was a dream boat, Lemon was hilarious, Eve was dynamic character and a great driving force for this book. The characters all played off one another perfectly and the over arching story unfolded in one perfectly paced journey. I only have one grievance with this book, and I can’t mention it here because spoilers, but damn you, Jay Kristoff. Overall, this book was fantastic. It made me excited to read his other work, considering Nevernight has been on my TBR for over a year. I’m really looking forward to the next book and will be mentioning this to people asking for YA Fantasy recs.
taramichelle More than 1 year ago
Lifel1k3 is one of those rare books that I wanted to reread as soon as I turned the last page. As usual, Kristoff’s world-building and plotting are fantastic. However, the true strength of this novel lies in the characters. From Eve to Lemon Fresh to Cricket, the characters were absolutely brilliant. I fell in love with Eve and Lemon Fresh’s courage, strength, and loyalty at the beginning. Their character development was so much fun to watch. I loved how much of the story was grounded in the friendship between those two girls. I’d recommend going into this one as blind as possible. Just prepare for a wild ride. And yes, there is romance. The language and terms took me a bit to get used to but once I did, I couldn’t put Lifel1k3 down. That ending was absolute flawless, Kristoff hit every note perfectly. Lifel1k3 was a fun, refreshing, and original read with excellent characters, pulse-pounding action, and a tightly-woven plot full of twists and turns. Jay Kristoff has created something truly remarkable with this book and I cannot wait to see what’s in store next from one of my favorite authors. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Aila More than 1 year ago
LIFELIKE was super fun and a science fiction YA book I would recommend to readers! I particularly enjoyed the ending, and the exploration of what makes a human, well, human. Especially since there are Lifelikes out there that feel as much emotions as a human would – or more. Readers get ready for a non-stop adventure where pasts get revisited, loyalties get tested, and the definition of a “human” gets rewritten. I for one am ready for the next book!
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Just color me awestruck! Jay Kristoff’s LIFEL1K3 (LIFELIKE) tells an incredible story of life in a devastated, post-apocalyptic world that borders on a living Hell. Strap yourselves in tight, this journey is a gut-clenching and jarring trip into a world where robotics are LIFELIKE and one girl becomes entangled in her past, present and an unknown future. Who is Eve? What makes her different from those around her? Why does she remember a past where she was called Anna? Her life is sent into a whirlwind of turmoil the moment she found the android boy, Ezekiel and again, as her ragtag group braves the horrors of the remnants of a civilization that saw fit to exterminate itself. Prepare yourself for the chaos and trials that lay ahead, you have been warned, you may find it difficult to learn that there is more humanity in technology than in the humans that remain. This is my first foray into the writing and world of Jay Kristoff, (and I admit, it took a few pages to get my balance), but I promise you, it won’t be my last. Intense, vivid scenes barrel across each page as these characters’ actions, interactions and reactions come alive in messy, emotional and unpredictable ways. Expect the unexpected, you will believe the unbelievable! Fabulously frantic reading!
SarahSmith More than 1 year ago
I was very put off by the overuse of slang at first that I nearly just stopped reading. However, I'm glad I didn't because I did quite enjoy the book. The story was fast paced and interesting. I did not enjoy the romance part (it seemed a bit forced) but overall I enjoyed the world building and am looking forward to more from the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Technology bites humanity again. Unique fast-paced world, cool characters (robot and human alike), and an ending I didn't see coming. The plot was what gripped me and won me over. Think underdogs who set out to save someone they love and in turn, have to save the world. I had chapters I loved and a few I hated but to give any specifics on those would be to spoilery and we all need to be “fizzy”. Be warned kiddos, I would have liked a little less language/vulgarity so if you’re a reader who can’t gloss over those types of things . . . Despite a few personal preferences all my own, I totally give this five stars.
jmchshannon More than 1 year ago
With Lifel1k3, Jay Kristoff cements his place on my hallowed list of must-buys/reads. This list contains less than five authors because I am that picky, but he definitely makes the list. He makes the list for a variety of reasons. One of which is his ability to write in various genres. He crosses between science fiction and fantasy with no problems, and every one of his novels is unique. Then there are his characters. I LOVE his characters. His female characters kick some major ass. They make Katniss look rather weak in both their determination and willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done. Case in point, even though Lifel1k3 has a teenage heroine, there is a serious lack of angst. What mental torture Eve puts herself through is completely understandable given what secrets she uncovers. There is none of the hand-wringing or morality debates that tend to fill out many a young adult novel these days. The other reason Mr. Kristoff has made it to my must-buy/read list is because his novels are so damn interesting. His stories are dark and twisted and full of surprises. I mean, a world that still glows with radiation is not for the faint of heart. It is especially impressive when you consider how few post-apocalyptic novels exist wherein the radiation has not yet decayed or where they actually live near the irradiated zone. Mr. Kristoff is not afraid to go where no one has gone before, and his novels are better for it. Moreover, his world-building is among the best. He deftly weaves his world-building into dialogue and action rather than spending paragraph after paragraph describing it. In that regard, Mr. Kristoff operates under the "show them" mentality rather than the "tell them" one, and his stories are stronger for that. The tension builds faster, as does your empathy with his characters. In fact, you become immersed into his stories better than you would with pages of exposition. The last thing I love about Mr. Kristoff's novels, something Lifel1k3 confirms for me, is how genuine his characters sound. He might be writing about a young woman, but everything about Eve - from the way she dresses to the way she talks to her worries and emotions - feels real. Teenage girls are complicated creatures, with more emotional turmoil than is good for a human, so to capture their voices properly is quite the feat. It is almost like he was a teenage girl because he gets it. I could continue to gush about Jay Kristoff and Lifel1k3 but I think it is obvious that there is nothing I did not like about his latest novel. I tore through it in a few hours and finished the novel shocked to my core with the direction he is taking the series. It is going to be a very long wait for the next novel, which means I have plenty of time to read his other novels and luxuriate in his stellar writing.
Disturbia0509 More than 1 year ago
This is my first book by *JUST* Jay Kristoff. I loved the Illuminae Files but that was a duo. I really enjoyed this book but I had some issues. Let me just get my issues with it out of the way... First, I figured out all the twists way in advance. It was really predictable and I was so sad that I couldn't be surprised. Maybe, I'm just too good of a detective. haha. I was surprised at the very end with one of the decisions of our main character. I am SO excited for the next book to see how it goes. I also had a hard time connecting to some of the characters. I just don't know, I couldn't really connect emotionally. By the time I got to the end of the book, it started to click a little more. I loved the relationship between Eve and Lemon! They were true friendship and it was one of the best things about this book. I liked how Lemon added some humor because this book can get intense and a little bit dark. I don't know how many times I had to read the flashbacks but gosh, they hurt. I think the prologue was the saddest thing I have ever read. Kristoff does a fabulous job with the world building and the characters in this book. There's more machine than human and you just love them anyways. For example, the dog Kaiser. I don't want to divulge too much more because there's a TON of spoilers that can easily slip. So, if you enjoy sci-fi or a great book that's a bit different, this is a great book to pick up! I enjoyed it a lot and I cannot wait to for the next one! I really can't wait to see where Kristoff takes these characters! I'm not a big sci-fi reader but I might be a fan now! I received a free e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, to Knopf Books for Young Readers and Random House Children's for letting me read this book! #Lifel1k3(lifelike) #NetGalley
PNWBookworm More than 1 year ago
This book sucked me in with the writing and a world so detailed I felt like was in it instead of just reading about it. This is actually my first book by Kristoff and I can say I am surely a fan now and I have moved Illuminae to the top of my TBR! Kristoff’s writing was lyrical and beautiful despite the brutal words. The cast of characters Kristoff created are ones you can’t help but connect with and I loved them all. This book is full of so many twists it will keep you jumping all the way through the book. The book is fast paced and will keep you reading long into the night. I highly recommend this book! Although it ends on a cliffhanger and you will want book two immediately so waiting might also be a good option!
Kristy_K More than 1 year ago
2.5 Stars Unpopular opinion here, but I just couldn’t get into this one. I can’t pinpoint why exactly I found it boring, there was plenty of action, romance, and science-fiction goodness, but every time I’m put it down I struggled to pick it back up. I’ve loved Kristoff’s co-authored series, The Illuminae Files, so I’m disappointed I didn’t enjoy this one more. He definitely has a distinct and unique writing style and I think if you’ve read any of his other books you’ll love this one.
tinky47 More than 1 year ago
Eve lives in a world where machines live side-by-side with humans, though they are second class citizens. The world is in turmoil after a catastrophic rebellion by "life-like" androids changed the way humans look at robots. When Eve manages to take down a mammoth logika with the power of her mind, all eyes turn to her, she has to run for cover. With the help of her friend Lemon Fresh, her dying grandfather Silas, her two pet logikas, and a salvaged life-like, Eve struggles to survive in a world where posses and gangs are hunting for her. This novel was unexpected and original in the character development and plot twists. The characters are multifaceted and genuine and I hope there is a sequel coming soon!
Yzabel More than 1 year ago
[NOTE: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.] Overall, I enjoyed this book, although ultimately it didn’t live up to quite a few of my expectations. The worldbuilding isn’t tremendously developed here, but what is shown was enough for me to draw a satisfying idea of what it must be like. Post-apocalyptic future, in that, without surprise, humans have been destroying their planet to the point of tsunamis ravaging California (the story is clearly set in its remnants) and solar radiations giving anyone cancer if they walk out unprotected even for an hour or so. It’s a harsh world to live in, where people eke out a living by foraging scraps, prostitution, being in gangs, or competing in the WarDome game by piloting huge robots meant to punish AI robots who stopped obeying the Three Laws (yes, that’s Asimov’s Laws—they tend to work well in various sci-fi worlds, methinks). Piloting one of those ‘machinas’ is exactly what Eve, the main character, does to earn money and pay for her grandfather’s medication, encouraged by her tiny robot Cricket and her best friend Lemon. Except that her latest fight doesn’t go well at all, and she finds herself manifesting a strange power that sends religious fanatics and bounty hunters on her trail… although not only. This is how she meets Ezekiel, the ‘lifelike’ (an android built in such a way that he looks completely human not only on the surface, since he has blood-like liquid in his veins, metal bones and not simply motors, etc.) This merry band runs away, trying to escape their pursuers as well as to find what happened to Eve’s grandfather, in a world that would look great on screen: radioactive deserts with storms full of glass debris, enemies on motorbikes with rocket launchers, a city made of a whole landlocked float, the ghost town of what used to be a powerful corporation, a living underwater ship… The author doesn’t disclose that many details about geopolitics or history in here, however what he shows us worked for me, and let me imagine this world where Eve and her friends have to live. In terms of characters, mostly I didn’t care for them, except Lemon. She comes off as the most human and balanced (both strong and fragile), with a cocky attitude and a to-the-death loyalty that felt genuine. Also, special mention for the novel crossing Anastasia with Pinocchio. I don’t think I had seen or read that yet, and I found the idea interesting, as well as working fairly well. Where I wasn’t happy with the book: [Read full review at ]
TheHobbitKhaleesi More than 1 year ago
Whoa. What. A. Ride. I might be vaguely creeped out by androids forever, but WORTH IT because THIS BOOK you guys. It’s EPIC. That’s about all I’ve got right now, because my brain almost exploded. So. Freaking. Good. Go read this book!!!! Now I need a Cricket. ❤️ (I received an advance copy for honest review)
Hmalmal More than 1 year ago
Actual rating probably a 4.7529595837184, or somewhere around that number. Full review to come, true cert. The Three Laws of Robotics 1.A robot may not injure a human being, or through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. YOUR BODY IS NOT YOUR OWN. 2.A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the first law. YOUR MIND IS NOT YOUR OWN. 3.A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws. YOUR LIFE IS NOT YOUR OWN. Lifel1k3 is a fun and unique read with a surprisingly, chilling look into humanity and what the world could become in the future. The premise follows the U.S. after a truly devastating war has caused most of the country to be inhabitable due to radiation poisoning, and crazy storms (think Mad Max: Fury Road). Robots live among the humans. And years prior a mad scientist playing god created what are known as Lifel1k3’s which are robots more human than robot, capable of feeling and thinking. There’s also a bit of romance (which Mr. Kristoff has stated was doomed right from the start). But we still can’t help but root for it. Despite the storm in her head, his words were like cool water, washing away the hurt in her heart. His words were fire, lighting a flame in her chest. One thing this book does really well are the characters, and the language true cert. The Book is described of being a mashup between Romeo and Juliet, Mad Max, and a little bit of Blade Runner. Which i think is an accurate description, but our main gang of characters also remind me a bit of our team from The Guardians of the Galaxy. With most of the group being outlaws, and with their heavy sarcastic nature and the sometimes issues they face with dealing with emotions, I couldn’t help making comparisons. This is truly not a book to miss and will have you truly thinking about what it means to be human, and what sets us apart from everything else. ARC provided by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Arys More than 1 year ago
Stronger together, together forever... Lifelik3 by Jay Kristoff is a complex and dynamic young adult sci-fi story. Mr. Kristoff throws us in the deep end in the beginning and expects us to swim. In a future world, post additional world wars and serious advances in robotics. People are fighting for survival in the aftermath of corporate wars and radiation exposure threatens many people. In the midst of a robotic gladiator fight Eve uses her mind to destroy tech and save her life. That abnormal ability will doom her to be hunted if the wrong people find out. When she and her friend Lemon discover the wreck of an advanced android robot, a Lifelike 100 life gets even more complicated. When the Lifelike, Ezekiel, wakes up and seemingly recognizes her but with a different name its the first step along a crazy path. Leaving her home in the wake of threats that are after her and have kidnapped her grandfather, Eve, Lemon and Ezekiel are in for a wild ride across their world. The more Eve learns about herself, hidden memories and Ezekiel, the more she learns how many secrets have been kept from her. The quest that they undertake becomes more complicated with every step they take and nothing is what Eve has been told, as even those closest to her are hiding things. "Stronger Together, Together Forever" the mantra that Eve an Lemon share becomes the thread that holds them together as well as the complexities of love and life. In Lifelik3, Jay Kristoff created something that I very much enjoyed and he didn't take the easy way out, he took the story where it needed to go. There are some definite familiar themes from things like Bladerunner that can be seen, but the story itself goes places that are both unexpected and real I very much enjoyed the vast complex settings and world as well as the detailed and fascinating characters. The story is filled with layers and details that will keep you glued to every page along the way. (I voluntarily reviewed an advance review copy of this book I received for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
Rebecca_J_Allen More than 1 year ago
Full of awesome future tech and kick-butt characters fighting their way out of one tight-corner after another, this book will keep your heart thumping fast and the pages turning! Each of the characters is grappling with their own secrets, ones that at times unite them to fight common enemies and later force them to question who they can trust. The slow reveal of the secrets makes the story a sci fi-adventure-mystery mash-up. Kristoff writes secondary characters who you’ll want to befriend with voices that will keep you smiling. Fun read! Highly recommended! Find more spec fic book reviews on!
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I’m pretty much down for anything Jay writes, so even though this wasn’t necessary something I would have read by another author, I was all in. I liked Eve and her merry band of friends. Eve is stubborn and scrappy and I’m 1000000% here for an entire book of her BFF Lemon Fresh. And somehow I was empathizing with some there’s that. Plot wise, there were definitely some parts that lagged. I struggled with the slang that was used and it took me a long time to settle into that aspect. But the parts that were good, JFC, they were amazing and captivating. I loved the double crossing and the reveals and the ending that left me gutted. Overall, it was quite an interesting idea and certainly something that only Jay could have come up with. I’m ready for book 2 now. **Huge thanks to AA Knopf BFYR for providing the arc free of charge**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LIFEL1K3 is a heart-pounding non-stop-action sci-fi novel with multiple unexpected plot twists and suspense-filled situations. The setting is the future where cyborgs, robots and androids are commonplace, The main character Eve has had a share of her own body modifications. After a near fatal gun shot to the head, she has had a series of chips inserted into her skull that help her remember her childhood. When I initially picked up the novel, I did not think I'd like it. I was afraid it would be too sci-fi for me. However, a few pages in, I was hooked. Eve and her sidekicks Lem, Kaiser and Cricket are likable, hilarious and just plain fun to watch. Thus, the novel has an engaging and interesting plot and a great cast of characters. I also loved the nod to the legend of the miraculously saved Romanov princess Anastasia. If you are not familiar with the story, the last Russian emperor, his wife and five children were brutally murdered and dumped in an abandoned mine in Siberia by the bolsheviks in 1918. Over the years, there were countless rumors that the youngest girl Anastasia miraculously survived and lived under an alias in the West. The last name of the main character in Kristoff's book - Monrova - is an anagram of Romanov. Her name is Ana - short for Anastasia. The father's name is Nicholas and he keeps referring to her as "Princess". The names of the other siblings also closely match the Romanovs': Olga (Olivia in the novel), Tatyana (Tania), Mary (Marie) and the boy Alexey (Alex in the book). Ana's childhood was spent in what she refers to as a modern-day palace. She was sheltered from the outside world and basked in luxury until a tragedy occurred that led to the murder of her entire family. Overall, I really enjoyed the book. 5 out of 5 stars. I received an e-ARC from Netgalley.
Meredith Ritter More than 1 year ago
They kill my father first. I should probably preface this with the fact I find most science fiction VERY difficult to get into, but that was totally not the case with this one! 2018 just seems to be the year for phenomenal books, because I LOVED this one so much! I’ve read a little of Jay Kristoff previously, but I am now completely in love with his writing style and storytelling. It was unique and compelling. I didn’t want to put it down! The detail he puts into building this world without it becoming tedious is phenomenal. There is so much going on between the machina, logika, lifelikes, and other robotic beings. My favourite has to be the blitzhund, Kaiser! He’s the sweetest little explosive dog I’ve ever read!! “But you get fancy, Mister Stabby gets dancy, you read me?” The characters, Eve, Lemon Fresh, Grandpa, Cricket, Ezekiel, are all hilariously funny and so real. Nearly everyone has a past they are running from in some shape, and they each try to atone for their transgressions in different ways. But they have to face up to those decisions eventually. They play hard and love harder. They invest whole-heartedly in their relationships, so when things are revealed that may have been untrue or omitted, they feel it like a punch in the gut. Especially Eve. I felt so many things throughout this novel, especially the last few chapters. “Your past doesn’t make calls on your future. It doesn’t matter who you were. Only who you are.” Then the twists and turns this story takes us on are….heartstopping! I gasped out loud and nearly cried a few different times – it’s amazing! And that ending? Holy damn….can’t wait to see what comes next!
Robin_Snyder More than 1 year ago
I’m at a loss for words on how to describe LIFEL1K3. It is a little like The Wizard of Oz meets Pinocchio and runs away to iRobot, just to make it all the more different. Now Pinocchio is one of my least favorite stories but you add in Eve who battles huge megabot things in a gladiator pit, her bestest, a freckled up chick named Lemon Fresh, a little bot, Cricket, who tells her when something is a bad idea and a cyborg dog that could blow up any minute and really, why wouldn’t I love this story. “Look outside that door, and you will see a world built on metal backs. Held together by metal hands. And one day, those hands will close, Ana. And they will become fists.” Jay Kristoff became an auto-buy for me over the last year. The best thing is his imagination. I never know what new cool/horrible/fascinating thing he is going to come up with next. Plus the guy doesn’t do Mary Sue or Gary Stew. All of his characters are on the complex side of the spectrum and they do good things and bad things. Not one of them is the golden hero and every single character is going to make a mistake or two along the way and might not make it out of the story alive because of it. “Lawbreaker,” Lemon smirked. “Always had a thing for the badboys.” “Put it back in your pants, Miss Fresh,” Cricket growled. “What good will it do me in there?” Eve is easy to like immediately. She is a girl who has lost her entire family and so she’s gathered around her people and bots to make a new one. She is also fighting in the Wardome to buy meds for her grandpa…how can you not like a girl like that. But when a Lifel1k3 boy bot literally falls out of the sky, Eve’s life won’t be the same because he thinks she is Ana, the girl he’s been searching for over the last two years, and if he can find her, that means the others like him are coming too. Lifel1k3 has a great dystopian world with fun language changes and a feel all its own. I’ve never been to this world before. The character interactions and dialogue of the main group are fantastic and I adore that Eve and Lemon Fresh are there for each other through thick and thin….stronger together. I appreciated all the little details thrown into the story which added to all of the crazy world-building and how I could picture this world and all the wonderful and ugly in it. “Will you shut up?” Ezekiel bellowed. “Right after you pucker up and kiss my shiny metal man parts!” “You got no man parts, Crick!” Ana yelled. “Shiny or otherwise!” Action – check Cool Sidekicks – check Mysterious past – check, check Adorable Romance – check checkity check Danger around every corner – um…Yeah Crazy Plot Twist - OMG I can’t even. Once this got rolling, it was action packed and threw me for a loop. I never saw the end to this coming. I thought I had the big secret all figured out, but I wasn’t even close and my hat’s off to Mr. Kristoff for taking some chances and not going the easy route on this. I will definitely be first in line to pick up the sequel to LifeL1k3.