Book Reviews, YA book reviews

Lifel1k3 (Lifel1k3 #1) by Jay Kristoff



My Rating ~ Five stars


RELEASED: 29 May 2018

Publisher: Knopf Books

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 402

Available here:  

Book Depository  |  Amazon Au |  Booktopia  |  Angus & Robertson


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.



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Eve and her best friend, Lemon Fresh, are living a rough life, trying to scrape together enough money to pay for Eve’s grandfather’s medication.  Eve is a bit of a master at fixing up robots and duels in giant robot wars to try and win some cash.  While out scouting for scrap to sell, they come across a half dead android, Ezekiel.  Taking him home, hoping he’ll fetch some money, sets off a chain of events that has Eve, Lemon and Ezekiel, together with Eve’s cyborg dog, Kaiser and robot protector, Cricket, running for their lives, while Eve tries to discover the truth of what really happened in her past.

This book.  Honestly. This. Book.  It was EVERYTHING.  I laughed, I cried and I got mad.  I read some of it through my fingers and silently pleaded with Mr Kristoff to leave my favourite characters alone.  One of the reasons I usually don’t read sci-fi type books is because I find myself not all that interested in robots.  THIS BOOK CHANGED ALL OF THAT.  I would have thrown myself in front of a speeding train for the cyborg dog, Kaiser, or for the witty, fretful little robot, Cricket.  I fell head over heels in love with Cricket in fact.  I could read his funny remarks and snarky humour ALL DAY.   Every one of the characters had such a fantastic personality and the twists and turns were incredible.  The whole story was action packed and parts of it gave me some Mad Max vibes!

I feel like I can’t say too much without revealing some of the twists, so I’ll just say I was left breathless by the end of this book and I need a time travel machine STAT to fast forward to the sequel release date!



Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff

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