RELEASED: May 29, 2018
PUBLISHER: Knopf Books for Young Readers
GENRE: YA Science-fiction
GOODREADS RATING: 4.04
TRIGGERS: Ableist remarks, child violence / death, violence, animal death, mention of suicide, cancer
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.
Ever since reading The Illuminae Files and the Nevernight Chronicles, I have this urge to read anything Jay Kristoff writes. I know, there’s Amie as well, but I’ll get to her books eventually! Now, knowing I was an absolute mess upon finishing Aurora Rising, I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into. So, let’s see?
Okay, so.. It’s been a while since I first wrote the “bad” part, before going to the “good” things and.. that isn’t a very good sign when it does happen. But – more on that later, obviously! Although not to worry, it isn’t that bad.
A bit over halfway through this book, I finally got grabbed the way I expected Lifel1k3 to grab me from the start. I could barely stop reading and needed to know how everything fit together, what would happen and.. more importantly.. what the hell did Jay have up his sleeve to break our hearts again? Have to admit, I’m not disappointed! He did it again. Adding twists and turns I never would’ve seen coming, adding in action-packed scenes that had me reading faster than I normally do. Yup, his writing and story-telling is definitely way up there. In the second part of the book that is..
Regarding his writing.. I have to say it definitely took some getting used to. Having read only Nevernight and Godsgrave of his solo work, I needed some time to get used to another side of Jay’s writing. It’s amazing how he can write so differently, yet still be amazing! I’m convinced the way he wrote Lifel1k3 fits so well with this story, just like the style in The Nevernight Chronicles fits those books perfectly.
As for the characters; there are some I didn’t really care about but that wasn’t the case with Lemon Fresh! I don’t know why, but I was intrigued by that sassy one from the start. Maybe because we don’t really know anything about her and it’s all kept so vague throughout the book? Whatever it was, I clicked with her. And Cricket. I absolutely loved Cricket.
Your past doesn’t make calls on your future. It doesn’t matter who you were. Only who you are.
I simply didn’t feel the story, people. I almost hate myself for having to say this, but it’s true. It took me almost two months to finish this book and, while that might be normal for some, it’s anything but for me. I liked Lemon Fresh, liked Cricket’s remarks but.. I really didn’t care all that much about Eve? Or Ezekiel? Not until the end of the book anyway.
My not clicking with the story, doesn’t change the fact I absolutely loved the way it’s written and loved the side characters. I have high hopes of liking Dev1at3 more!
Have you ever liked huge parts of a book, but not caring about it at the same time? Because that’s exactly what made writing this review so hard for me!
How did you rate that book? How do you feel about it now?