Book Review: Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff

Published in 2018 by Allen and Unwin

416 pages

Standalone or Series: Book 1 in the Lifelike Series. 

5 out of 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.


I’m not even sure where to begin but honestly, Mister Kristoff you have done it again! Talk about earth and soul shattering, this book easily tore my every fibre to shreds, before piecing it back together and destroying it! 

It’s well known that Jay is one of my all time favourite authors, and this book had long been one that I was both excited and curious about, the premise was exciting and intriguing and the content inside was easily the same, and so much more! 

Accurate; for the wait until book 2 is going to be full of speculation, I’m not going to give anything away here because I personally feel like EVERYONE ought to read this book, but ach I will say it was phenomenal every step of the way; and it kept my friend and I on the edge of our seat throughout! There was laughter, tears, shrieks, and I confess I tugged at my hair in anticipation and bewilderment too, desperately wondering what on earth could happen next! This book was filled with memorable characters too, Kaiser was such a precious creature, Cricket was filled with fierce loyalty and Lemon Fresh and Eve are friendship goals! 

Stronger together, together forever!” 

Happy Reading,

Brooklyn 📚


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