Your past doesn’t make calls on your future
I was so hyped when I heard about this book, but when I finally got my hands on it was very disappointing. I didn’t feel pulled into the story or enjoying it.
Book Review: Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff
Title & Author: Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff
Genre: Science=Fiction, Romance
Release date: May 29 2018
Publisher: Knopf Books
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 give Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff three out of five hearts which hurts my heart. I would have liked to enjoy it more, but I really can’t give it more than just these hearts. The story wasn’t memorable and it never really pulled me in. I hated having to get started whenever I had to put it down.
The prologue was good, it was emotional and it hooked me. But straight after that, if dropped me as if Jay didn’t care. And it didn’t get better for me.
I didn’t care for the characters, which made me sad. Because if there had at least been one, it would have always been better, but I really didn’t care. The characters were completely different from each other, so it is not that they were too similar.
The story works with Isaac Asimov’s three laws of robotics, but Jay has put his own spin on things. It made for a compelling story, but it felt very similar to a short story I once came up with and dropped because I thought it hit too many cliches. And that was also something Lifel1k3 did in my eyes.
Overall I think that maybe if there weren’t so many cliches touched on and some more likeable characters it would have been a much better read. It was an okay story by Jay Kristoff, just disappointing since I thought Jay was a much better writer than this.
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