Book Review: Lif3lik3 by Jay Kristoff

About the book:

Lif3lik3 by Jay Kristoff, published May 29th, 2018 by Knopf Books. Recommended reading age is 13+


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.


Once you get over the made up slang and words, this is a pretty good book; Jay Kristoff is really good at making up new words and slang for his other books so I don’t know why I was surprised. I was ready to give up on the book right up until Ezekiel showed up. He really set the ball rolling. Once he woke up, secrets were being revealed left and right, people were dying, and lives were changing. I love him.

Eve is a really interesting character. She goes through a few identity crisis’, but who doesn’t in a Jay Kristoff book? I felt really bad for her when she found out what had happened to her while she was in the Kraken’s “garbage” stomach. She is a feisty character, and I love her relationship with Lemon.

Lemon Fresh is who I wish I was in another life. Spunky, sassy, and sexy. Sad backstory, secrets, and smart, she has a lot of fire in her. (Yes, I did only try to find ways to describe her with the letter S. I don’t know why, I just did.) I don’t like how she kept that secret from Eve, but I do understand why she did. I know she kept trying to tell her, which is why I was upset with Eve for “disowning” her. This isn’t only Lemon’s fault. I loved Lemon’s witty one liners, commentary, and feelings towards her friends. She is a great character and I can’t wait to see her grow in D3viat3 (Deviate).

There isn’t a lot to say about Cricket, but he was pretty awesome. Kind of overbearing when it came to Eve, but it was nice that he respected her wishes (if it didn’t come from his programming to obey her). It was sad that he wasn’t allowed to tell her the truth, but he was programmed to do so, so it isn’t exactly his fault. I loved his commentary as well, he was pretty funny. Jay Kristoff is really good at writing really sarcastic characters and I think that might be a big reason why I love his books so much.

Ezekiel is a bottomless pit of backstory, and I really hope we can learn some more about him and his “siblings” in the next book. I find him fascinating, although that secret he kept from Eve wasn’t cool and I completely understand why Eve forbade him from coming with her to rescue her Grandpa. It just feels like he took advantage of Eve while she didn’t know what had happened because he knew she wouldn’t forgive him. If you know someone would say no if they knew the whole truth, so you don’t tell the whole truth, maybe you don’t deserve to be with theme?!? ugh but I really liked his character. That’s another thing Jay Kristoff is good at, is making you feel so conflicted and toying with your emotions.

One thing I didn’t like about this book was the descriptions of people and places in this book. I just found it very difficult to envision what things looked like. You know how when you can’t pronounce a word, you just kinda make up your own scramble of sounds whenever that word comes up? That’s kind of how it felt when I had to picture what things looked like in this book. Especially with characters. I had no idea how I should have been picturing Eve (especially her hair!) or Cricket (How tall was he? What did he resemble?) I honestly couldn’t tell you what I thought Lemon or Zeke looked like. I guess maybe I accidentally skipped over the character descriptor in my rush to find out what was happening, but if I don’t know a single thing about them or the places they went to, that can’t solely be on me.

My favorite part was when they carjacked that car and drove through the glass storm desert place. That was a really cool sequence of events, and it made everyone look like badasses. 10/10 would read again. My heart was racing, and when the guy following them somehow caught up with them, I felt like I had stopped breathing. Another great scene was when Eve is being held hostage so that Gabe could bypass the computer locks, and rebuild his girlfriend. Everything that was revealed was insane! What a cliffhanger.

My overall rating: 4/5 stars


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