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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  6,016 ratings  ·  1,838 reviews
A thrilling new series from Jay Kristoff, internationally best-selling author of The Nevernight Chronicle and The Illuminae Files.

It’s just another day on the Scrap: lose the last of your credits at the WarDome, dodge the gangs and religious fanatics, discover you can destroy electronics with your mind, stumble upon the deadliest robot ever built…

When Eve finds the ruins o
Kindle Edition, 418 pages
Published June 26th 2018 by HarperVoyager (first published May 29th 2018)
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Mar 15, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
A quick FAQ:

That blurb doesn’t say much. Can you tell us a little more about the book?

Indeed. In the wake of an uprising in a post-apocalyptic USA, the robotic populace have been reduced to slaves, and androids (robots who look like humans) have been outlawed. LIFEL1K3 is about a girl named Eve and her best friend Lemon, who find a ruined android in a scrap heap – an almost-boy named Ezekiel, who knows the truth behind the robotic revolt. Shenanigans ensue.

It features (in no particular order) Gi

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

“Metal or meat. Blood or current. Everyone deserves a choice.”

Gentle friends, I loved this. This was an absolute treat to read! Jay Kristoff’s writing and storytelling is so unique, but if you love it then you will love it with the sum of your being. This book was one of the best things I’ve ever read, and I instantly knew it would make my top books of 2018.

I recommend this with my whole heart for fans of Borderlan
Elise (TheBookishActress)
It is with a heavy heart that I announce that I just don't give one singular fuck about this.

I fully admit that this is a fun read and quite fast-paced. But let’s be real here:
➽ I am not invested in any of the characters,
➽ the romance is straight-up boring, instalovey that lacks enough character development to remain believable
➽ the dude is – dare I say it, kind of creepy?
➽ the whole random-new-slang thing is so Jay Kristoff but it is getting on my nerves
➽ it’s trying to be funny
➽ I love th
My socks are knocked off and across the room.

The moment I finished this book, I stared at it for a minute. Or fifteen.

I can’t believe this worked for me. First of all, I have a love/hate relationship with Jay Kristoff. Illuminae was fine, but Nevernight – for me anyway – was catastrophic. I could not stand his pretentious and complex writing style.

Second of all, I read very few science fiction books. When done well, as is the case here, they work fine, but most of the time the jargon confuses me
Chelsea Humphrey
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Melanie
I've been sitting here for days trying to determine the best way to review this book; it was so incredible that I'm finding it hard to put into words just how much I loved Eve and her merry band of misfits' story. I'm terrified that I won't do it justice, that I'll keep writing and gushing and raving and STILL won't capture the special qualities this trilogy's debut has to offer. I also know that the majority of my following isn't into young adult science fiction, but this book was so much more ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
UPDATE: $1.99 Kindle US 6/11/19

Well I plan on rereading this before the next book (hopefully)

But here is some of my art from the book. I have since framed the bookmarks too but am too lazy to go and take another picture 🙄

Happy Reading!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Anyone who’s been following my blog for a while probably already knows this was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, so it’s no surprise that I loved every second of it, but just saying “I knew it!” wouldn’t make a very good review, so strap yourselves in and let me tell you why I loved LIFEL1K3 so much—and why you need a copy or three of it in your life.

“Look outside that door, and you will see a world built on metal backs. Held together by metal hands. And one day, those hands wil
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
trying to cope with the devastating pushback of ‘darkdawn’ by putting as much jay kristoff as i can into my life. and i read this in nearly one sitting, so i guess you can tell how desperate i am. lol.

but it also helps that this is epitome of what a good dystopian sci-fi should be. the pacing was on point, the method at revealing background information/history was clever, the characters had great depth to them, the plot line was never lacking, and dont even get me started on that ending. i reall
BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)
"Your body is not your own. Your mind is not your own. Your life is not your own."

You know that satisfied, giddy feeling you get when you enjoy an unexpected treat and it was even better than you anticipated it would be? That's how I'm feeling about this post-apocalyptic YA novel with both grit and heart . It's quite simply put - a gem of a book.

I found myself swept up in Kristoff's imaginative future world where robots and poverty are abound. It felt gloomy, desperate and strange. Yet, this
Delirious Disquisitions
You should read this if you like: Mad-Max Fury Road, post-apocalyptic worlds, badass heroines, strong female friendships, plot twists, insane action, dystopia, lifelike androids.

I always think of Jay Kristoff as this old storyteller standing on the streets peddling stories and dreams. I imagine he gets you addicted to his stories till you return daily to get your fix. But just as you near the story’s finale he stabs you in the heart, sucker punches you in the face, and runs away cackling. And y
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, 2018-reads
This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book prescription

Actual Rating: 3.5-3.75 stars (tbh I don't know how to rate this!)

Your father gave me life. But you were the one who made me live.

🌟 It says on the cover of this book that it is a mix of Romeo and Juliet, Mad-max, X-Men and blade runner. That may sound cool but also too much? Jay is a creative author, we have already established that from the Illuminae files, so I was not so happy with this mixture, I wanted new things,
Update: $1.99 on US Kindle right now! June 26, 2019.)

Re-read May 20, 2019 in prep for DEV1AT3 eARC! YUSS. I am blessed. Still just as good and devouralicious. Lemon Fresh and Cricket for the win.

I really felt the Pinocchio vibes much more this time. I love.

Ends on a cliffhanger that I totally forgot. I have no idea what's going to happen.

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I am honored to have received a digital ARC from Random House and Netgalley to
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
3.5 stars (more if you love YA SF with a good side of romance). On sale now! Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:

Jay Kristoff’s YA post-apocalyptic novel LIFEL1K3 stars seventeen-year-old Eve as its tough, fauxhawk-sporting protagonist. Eve is a gifted mechanic who lives with her grandfather, her only relative, in a post-apocalyptic island version of “Kalifornya” called the Dregs. She has a cybernetic eye and a memory drive (“Memdrive”) implanted in the side of her head, with silicon chips
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-books
For the first few pages, I was not sure about this one. It plunged straight in to poverty, strange robotic machines, fighting, dirt and gloom. It actually kept on in much the same theme for the whole book, but by then I was swept up in Kristoff's imaginative world and in love with his characters.

LIFEL1K3 is set in a futuristic world at a time when robots are the norm and scientists have achieved the perfect android, a Lifelike. The story follows Eve as she attempts to find out who she really is
may ❀

the next time someone asks me what my accomplishments are im going to respond, "i survived lifelike by jay kristoff"

literally dont know how to function oml

RTC after i discuss with my buddy readers IF THEY EVER FINISH

4.5 stars (rating is tentative)


if it wasn't well known from before, i'm kinda trash for anything jay kristoff writes
even though he ruined my life with his bloody cliffhangers

Buddy read with the babes, ms. awaad & my mc partner in crime
Bentley ★
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This was the first full novel I've read by Jay Kristoff, and it certainly will not be my last.

I knew I liked the style he brought to Illuminae, Gemina and Obsidio, and I've been meaning to give his solo work a try, so when an advanced copy of Lifelike landed in my hands this weekend, I set aside everything I was doing just so I could dedicate myself to this. Which is probably a good thing, as it turns out this is a story that demands your
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

Can I just say that wow I was not expecting to be so shook by this book. I have read books by Jay Kristoff before and they were bloody amazing but somehow he still managed to surprise me. Actually surprise would be an under-statement; I prefer the term ‘shaken to the core’. I. was. so. unprepared.
Lifel1k3? More like Lifeless because I could feel my soul drifting away in those last few pages.

I absolutely
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff is the first book in the new Lifelike series, a bit of a young adult science fiction fantasy set in a dystopian environment. The blurb compares this to a bit of Romeo and Juliet mixed with Terminator. The author himself mentions Bladerunner and Mad Max. What you really have here is one heck of a creative mash up that certainly held it’s own and distinguished a personality all for itself.

The story revolves mainly around seventeen year old Eve who lives in a world filled w
Robin (Bridge Four)
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This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart


I’m at a loss for words on how to describe LIFEL1K3.  It is a little like The Wizard of Oz meets Pinocchio and runs away to iRobot, just to make it all the more different.  Now Pinocchio is one of my least favorite stories but you add in Eve who battles huge megabot things in a gladiator pit, her bestest, a freckled up chick named Lemon Fresh, a little bot, Cricket, who tells her when something is a bad idea and a cyborg dog tha
amy ☂︎
Jan 19, 2018 marked it as owned-tbr  ·  review of another edition
the cover isn't my favorite but jay kristoff created mia corvere so he can do whatever the hell he wants tbh
✨Brithanie Faith✨
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
5/5 "You can call me Daddy" stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (God, I love Lemon! And-yes that's an actual quote from the book!)


Favorite Quotes:

"...There's nothing quite the same as sitting with a real book in your hands. Breathing in the ink and feeling all those wonderful lives beneath your fingertips. In between the pages, I'm an emperor. An adventurer. A warrior and a wanderer. In between the pages I'm not myself- and more myself than in any other place on earth."

"Your past doesn't make calls on your future. It
Elise (On The Bookshelves)
Posted on The Nerd Daily

“They used to call it Kalifornya, but now they called it Dregs.”

When a book is literally described as “Romeo & Juliet meets Mad Max meets X-Men, with a little bit of Blade Runner cheering from the sidelines”, you can be a little hesitant as to what you can expect. Either it’s a huge oversell by the publishing company, or somehow the author has a genius mind to be able to pull all those elements together to make it work. After reading this book, it seems Australian aut
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, romance, sci-fi, arc
I received an ARC via Netgalley for a fair review.

In a futuristic world where AI has become so much apart of our lives they are practically family Eve finds herself fleeing her home after it's broadcasted that she is a deviant, and can stop machinas with just a thought.

With the help of her bestest, Lemon Fresh, her AI companion, Cricket, and the unlikely android that she just met she starts to uncover more about her past that has remained hidden from her in more ways than she realizes.

The Story
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
I've been wanting to read a Jay Kristoff book for ages. AGES! I was so sure that I was going to adore LIFELIK3--but I didn't. The writing was incredibly irritating, the characters were bland, and the story had too much drama. This book's basically Lauren Kate's Fallen with robots.

1. WRITING: My biggest problem with the book was the writing. The book uses a lot of slang/weird-ass jargon from a supposed future America, which I quickly grew tired of. It was hard for me to connect to, and was just o
second time read and review.

sdjfldsjfldajflkdjfsaljlfd - is how I felt while listening to this book. Which by the way, was really freaking good. Lifel1k3 was a wild roller coaster ride and I loved every second of it. This was a book that I definitely needed to reread. It doesn't hurt that the second one came out and after this ending, I'm pretty much pumped up for it.

Eve/Ana is still freaking amazing in my eyes. Even though I was a teeny tiny bit confused in the beginning, because the coffee did
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔

So I've been a fan of Kristoff's ever since I read Nevernight. And thank you to publishers for again providing me with a copy to read and review before publication.

Honestly, almost the whole time I was reading this book, I thought it was going to be three-star read at most. Because everything seemed pretty standard and by the books. But then the last 25% or so came along and just changed the game. And I, for one, am
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

I am going to keep this short and sweet because I do not want to drop any spoilers in this review.

Where do I even begin?! Firstly, the description on the front of the novel “It’s Romeo & Juliet meets Mad Max, Meets X-Men, with a little bit of Blade Runner cheering from the sidelines” – this could not be anymore spot on.

Lifel1k3 was EPIC! Filled with chaos, badass female char
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When the ash rose up to choke me, it was thoughts of you that helped me breathe.
When the night seemed never ending, it was dreams of you that helped me sleep.

Set in a post-apocalyptic America where natural disasters caused destruction on top of war fought by the corporations for control of what was left of the country, robots are basically slaves who do our bidding. Androids (lifelikes) have been outlawed resulting in the end of the third corporation, while the other two corporations continue
And to think, I could have loved this book! Reading slumps are the worst!

I've been a fan of Jay Kristoff for a quite some time now. Before he co-wrote the thrill ride that was Illuminae, he had written a steampunk sci-fi fantasy series names The Lotus Wars, set in feudal Japan, filled with magical creatures, deadly machines, and some pretty epic swordfights.

Basically, what I'm saying is that I've known from the very start that I was going to end up reading whatever Jay Kristoff wrote and that I
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Jay Kristoff is the #1 international, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE, THE ILLUMINAE FILES and THE LOTUS WAR. He is the winner of six Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, has over half a million books in print and is published in over thirty five countries, most of which he has never visited. He is as surprised about all of this as you are. He is 6’7 and has approx ...more

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“Your past doesn't make calls on your future. It doesn't matter who you were. Only who you are.” 25 likes
“Breathing in the ink and feeling all those wonderful lives beneath you fingertips. In between the pages, I'm an emperor. An adventurer. A warrior and a wanderer. In between pages I'm not myself-and more myself than in any other place on earth.” 23 likes
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