Life l1k3

Jay Kristoff

Book - 2018

When Eve learns she can destory machines with her mind, she becomes a target for a group of puritanical fanatics, and with her new android best friend Ezekiel, faces cyborg assassins.

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Science fiction
New York : Alfred A. Knopf [2018]
First edition
Physical Description
402 pages ; 22 cm
Main Author
Jay Kristoff (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Pursued by a bounty hunter for exhibiting paranormal powers, Eve and her small band of friends—human, logika, and android—attempt to rescue the person she believes is her grandfather and stop a group of rebel androids from unlocking the secret to creating life in their own image. This action-packed thriller is set in a postapocalyptic North America where the laws of robotics no longer hold and artificial intelligence takes many forms, from a sentient garbage-collecting kraken to cuddly dogs whose only nonmetal body part is their brain. The stars of the show are the androids, built by Eve's father in the image of her siblings and named for the angels whose fall from grace they mimic. With plenty of fight scenes and tech talk, it's the print love child of movies Mad Max and Tank Girl and would pair well with them for a book-movie program. There is a lot to discuss about what makes beings "human," where the line between confidence and complacence exists, and how loss can unhinge even the strongest among us. Grades 8-11. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Two years ago, Eve's family was murdered, and she only barely survived, requiring cybernetic implants to restore her sight and memory. Now, she supports her ailing grandfather by piloting robot gladiators in the ruins of a devastated California, until everything goes wrong: she manifests a forbidden power to destroy technology with her mind, she rescues a "lifelike" robot, Ezekiel, during a salvage expedition, and the local gangs want her dead. On the run with her best friend, Lemon; a robotic protector, Cricket; and Ezekiel, Eve finds herself searching for the secrets of her past in a deadly postapocalyptic world, encountering everything from bioengineered kraken to an unstoppable murderous preacher. In one twist after another, Eve discovers that everything she knew may be a lie and the truth rests in whatever happened when her family died. Kristoff (the Illuminae Files, with Amie Kaufman) delivers a solid, fast-paced adventure in which well-drawn, resourceful characters struggle against the dangers of a vividly described world. The plot falters a bit due to the overuse of shocking revelations, but the stylized language and futuristic slang give the narrative voice extra zing. Ages 12–up. Agent: Josh Adams, Adams Literary. (May) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 9 Up—Eve is a 17-year-old girl living in a postapocalyptic world after a failed robot uprising. She spends her days working on fighting robots in an organized "robot wars" competition. The teen is on the run from gangsters and loan sharks while trying to care for her ailing grandfather. The memories of her past are murky; all she knows is that the robot uprising changed her life forever. After a particularly brutal robot war battle, Eve and her best friend Lemon Fresh discover a handsome android named Ezekiel in a pile of rubble. Ezekiel is a special android called a "LIFEL1K3" because they look exactly like humans. Much to their surprise, the android comes to life and starts to interact with them, despite the fact that androids have been outlawed since their unsuccessful attempt at taking over humankind. Ezekiel holds the truth to what really happened with the robot uprising and may hold the key to Eve's lost memories. Kristoff has crafted a fast-paced adventure full of energy and verve that will leave readers breathless. Fans of such popular sci-fi movies like Blade Runner and Mad Max: Fury Road will devour this series opener and will wait on the edge of their seats for the next installment. VERDICT A first purchase where fantasy titles thrive and for fans of Kristoff's "Illuminae Files."—Christopher Lassen, BookOps: The New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The co-author of the best-selling Illuminae Files presents the first entry in a new series introducing a girl whose family hardships and mysterious ability to destroy machines with her mind have caused her to be targeted by dangerous enemies, a situation that is further complicated by her fleeting memories of a handsome android. Simultaneous and eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When Eve learns she can destory machines with her mind, she becomes a target for a group of puritanical fanatics, and with her new android best friend Ezekiel, faces cyborg assassins.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

When Eve learns she can destroy machines with her mind, she becomes a target for a group of puritanical fanatics, and with her new android best friend Ezekiel, faces cyborg assassins.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

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.