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.
I enjoyed reading this book so much! It did take me a little while to get into it, to learn about the world and the characters that inhabited it, but once I did, the pages just flew! On a scale of The Lotus War to the Godsgrave Chronicles, it's really close to the Godsgrave Chronicles in terms of just slightly less violence and profanity. So it won't be for everyone, but for those it's for, it's excellent!
So this book was really dark. Like, the world was basically ruined, and on the junkyard island that Eve lives on, it has streets named for the types of junk that line it, like refrigerators. But there was some interesting tech, like the Lifelikes.
So I loved how the story was told, we got the now, but we also got some flashbacks to a pretty horrendous situation. And we know that it's important, it's in the book after all. But then we learn how it connects, and man, is it a punch in the gut!
Eve and Lemon were really close. I really enjoyed their relationship, as well as with the group at large, like Cricket and Ezekiel. They were really amazing characters in a pretty horrible situation. Between the overly-religious fanatics to a crazy bounty hunter to the other Lifelikes, they had a lot of deal with!
Those last few chapters, there was hit after hit. From multiple hidden secrets that could be seen as betrayals from Ezekiel and Lemon, to all the revelations at the Tower of Babel, and all the violence and circumstances dictated certain actions. But that ending was kinda a pure cliffhanger, of what's going to happen next?
I loved this book, and the wait for the next book is going to be just the worst!
Author: Jay Kristoff
Series: Lifelike #1
Read: May 30th, 2018
Reason Why: I love his writing, and it sounded amazing! Plus it's a 2018 Dystopia Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Published: May 29th 2018