Author: Jay Kristoff
Series Status: 1st book in the Lifel1k3 duology
# of pages: 402
My rating: 3.5/5 stars
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.
Before I started this book I genuinely thought I was going to love it and be adding it to my favorites shelf but post read I was sadly a little disappointed. That doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it because this book has some laughs and such an interesting idea but I think perhaps I overhyped it for myself.
Starting with the Eve, Lemon, and Cricket who are a trio that makes for tons of laughs and were characters that make it hard to not immediately connect with. They had such a presence that is probably what made me want to keep reading more and more.
Then there is the idea for this story itself which is what had me most excited going in. I was really excited to see Kristoff’s perspective on androids in everyday life (and some other stuff that I will refrain from talking about because spoilers duh); however, I felt as though the actual execution of his idea was a little lost to me. While the world was there it wasn’t really there, I didn’t get any connection to this world and while he added some cool elements to it overall not much is explained and we don’t really see much depth to certain stuff that is explained.
That along with the fact that I felt like the plot and pacing was all over the place. The whole story felt like random events that shouldn’t have had any connection to each other but were just strung along for some action in the book. While I enjoyed reading them in the moment as soon as an action packed scene was done it seemed completely forgotten about.
Overall I enjoyed the characters and idea but the execution left more to be desired and I am hopeful that book two will dive deeper into this world and explain some more.