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.
Some books just feel right: incredible writing, well-developed characters, intense storyline, and powerful lessons. If you have not picked up LifeL1k3 by Jay Kristoff, you are missing out on one of these books.
Incredible characters bring this book to life. Eve is sassy, intelligent, honest and fearless. She lives with her dying grandfather. Eve controls Miss Combobulation, a robot gladiator (built by none other than herself) at various competitions in the WarDome in order to earn credits for her grandpa’s medicine. In her latest contest, her need to win leads to the revealing of a secret making her and her family targets of several groups. Now on the run with her smattering of friends (Lemon Fresh, Kaiser, Cricket and Ezekiel), Eve will stop at nothing to save her family. Lemon Fresh is Eve’s best friend. She is sincere, feisty, clever and resourceful. Lemon is hilarious, a “girlie girl” with red hair. Lemon tells it like it is and is the friend that everyone needs in their lives.
Ezekiel is charismatic, intense, and very handsome, but can he be trusted? He is a lifelike (artificial human) and was found by Eve and Lemon on their way home from the blowout that occurred at the WarDome. Kaiser, a cyborg blitzhund and Cricket, a logica round out the list of friends. Both characters are as loyal as they come and I love both of them as they perfectly complete the niche of friends.
The world building is phenomenal. The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, a junkyard of sorts virtually forgotten by the corporate powers that run the government. This book is packed with action from beginning to end, plot twists, and an unforgiveable cliffhanger ending.
The writing is brilliant, touching, and sincere, and that doesn’t even include the creative word choice and powerful descriptions. I am swept away when reading Jay Kristoff’s words and feel like he spills out his heart and soul when he writes. This is by far my favorite YA read of the year thus far. My pre-ordered copy is to be delivered tomorrow, and I am so excited to read it a second time, book in hand and devouring every page.