Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff (non-spoiler review) // secrets and betrayal

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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 absolutely adore Jay Kristoff’s dark and gritty writing. The way he tells his story is so captivating. This is a book about hierarchy, oppression (madness too), love and family.

There are a lot of dark and heavy themes in this book though so beware of that.


I really enjoyed the plot. I will say that there were times when I’d kind of zone out but that didn’t happen often and there were so many awesome action scenes! There were a lot of amazing twists and turns that I really enjoyed too.

I loved seeing Eve on that journey of discovery and honestly it got so intense and emotional at times, which I’m so here for. Just so many secrets and betrayals and emotions woww


I loved the dynamics between the characters and I adored Eve and Lemon’s friendship! Yeah there’s a character called Lemon Fresh haha. I really loved her though, she was such a spunky ray of sunshine. Eve, out MC, is so strong willed and Ezekiel, the lifel1k3 was such an interesting character, + as soon as he was introduced the plot started picking up and from there it was a wild wild ride that I so thoroughly enjoyed.

A shorter, bullet point review can be found on my Goodreads here.


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Have you read Lifel1k3? What about Jay Kristoff’s other books? Is it on your TBR? Are your opinions the same as mine? Or are they totally different? Let me know!

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    1. Ah that sucks! There were some times for me when I wasn’t fully paying attention and I wasn’t in a slump haha. It was such a good book though and I’m excited for the sequel too!

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    1. Thank you! Totally understand that. Lifel1k3 is kind of a bend of the two book styles. Hope you do like it if you read it!


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