[BOOK REVIEW] LIFEL1K3 - Jay Kristoff


Title: LIFEL1K3

Author: Jay Kristoff

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: May 29th 2018

Pages: 398 pages

ISBN: 0525644598 (ISBN13: 9780525644590)

Format: Paperback

Start Date: June 6th 2018

Finish Date: June 16th 2018

(Beware of spoilers!!!!)


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.

LIFEL1K3 was about human-wanna-be which was an obsession of a doctor for (he thought) a better world. It was about how human beings can live side by side with the LIFEL1K3s but also can be the greatest enemy for them. It was also about how they were hard to be differentiate with human since they had the ability same as human even has compassion toward each other.

This book gave three parts to be read. First part was related to the flashback of the amnesia main girl character during her father was being kidnapped. Then came the second part was about this girl journey with her circles to get her kidnapped “grandfather”. And the third part was the climax, which was about how she fought with the LIFEL1K3s and found the truth of her life.

(Ratings are my subjective opinions and they are based on what I like and what I don’t like)*

World Building: 1 [star rating="1" max="1"] star

My favorite genres of book are Fantasy and Science Fiction book, especially when both of them are combined. The success of Sci-Fi and Fantasy book is in its world building which is different with the world we are living in. To me this book had the combination of Sci-Fi and Fantasy and it had a wonderful world building. This was new to me. The world building had something that I was really eager to see in a form of a spectacular movie. I imagined how those beautiful robots (LIFEL1K3s) could interact with human with human capability in a damaged world.

Plot: 0.5 [star rating="0.5" max="1"] star

The plot twist was something that I could not predict!!!!! Well, I read some reviews that they could, but me, I could not. But, in the other part he beginning plot was too slow. The climax was only at the part three of the book which almost 30% part at the end of it. Didn’t like previous Jay Kristoff’s book that I liked the most. Gemina was full of tense for me from the beginning of the book until the end. Actually, the beginning part of LIFEL1K3 was so tensed but then it got down and a bit smooth and slow for a long time, then it reached its climax and plot twist in part 3. Well, at least that plot twist was a mind-blowing TWIST!!!!! I hate you, but I like you!!

Character: 1 [star rating="1" max="1"] star

To be honest, I was not the fan of the main character – named Eve – at the very first pages of the book. To me she was so stubborn. I hate here character that easily angry over someone lying to her without thinking the reason why (don’t get me wrong, lying is always wrong). I was the fan of Lemon Fresh, the friend of Eve.

But lying was the main topic of this book. Those characters were too afraid to tell all their truth so they were all lied, then this catastrophe happened. But later on, I liked Eve strong character. I liked the romance of her with one of the LIFEL1K3 named Ezekiel. There were not much romance, so do not expect from them. Other characters were also great. They had their own strong part at the book and closely connected each other in the term of family.

Writing-style: 0.5 [star rating="0.5" max="1"] star

Jay’s writing style is always unique. It was Jay’s signature dialogues that I loved so much since reading Illuminae series. It was full of flowing anecdote and slank type of conversations without eliminate the true meaning of them. The used words were not too hard to read for them whose English was not their native language like me. But most of the conflict that was written was about mind conflict because it was full of flashback of the main character. I didn’t hate it though, but somehow it felt bored here and there for me who loved Fantasy books.

Author: 1 [star rating="1" max="1"] star

He was my favorite author. So nothing else I can say. I need to read another books of him.

"Stronger Together.
Together Forever."

"Your past doesn't make calls on your future. It doesn't matter who you were. Only who you are."

"This is not the end of me.
This is just one more enemy."

 I am definitely going to collect the hardback book version. I was reading this in paperback version because I found it in my local bookstore immediately after it released. So, I could not stand to buy and read that right away. And then after reading, I sold it out. Because I am going to replace with the hardback version later on :-D. 

I was very curious about the twist that happened in Coda. IT TORE MY HEART. I hope it will turn into something good not bad


Sandrine JB

Source of book cover and synopsis: Goodreads
NB: *For each category summarized that I like, I will give one star. If I don’t like it, I will give no star. If I half like it, I will give half star. The total ratings will be a summed-up of the stars.

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