- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (23 July 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0008301360
- ISBN-13: 978-0008301361
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 281 g
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
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LIFEL1K3 Paperback – 23 Jul 2018
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‘Fierce friendships, brutal heartbreak, and the question of what makes us who we are–in the midst of a seriously awesome and terrifying post-apocalyptic world–make LIFEL1K3 your next favorite book. Trust me’
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‘I'd like to live in the vivid and raw world of LIFEL1K3, if only I wasn't certain it would kill me. Jay Kristoff delivers an utterly unique and entirely brilliant story with his signature punch-to-the-gut writing that will leave you bruised but longing for more’
Beth Revis, NYT bestselling author of STAR WARS: REBEL RISING and the Across the Universe trilogy
About the Author
Jay is 6'7 and has approximately 13380 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world's laziest Jack Russell.
He does not believe in happy endings.
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This gives you a bit of a feel for the type of world building that is going on in the back ground of this story, it is truly epic as Kristoff weaves this tale of a young girl, Eve, and her friends, Lemon Fresh, Eve’s BFF, and sidekick in all things, Cricket a mouthy little robot (but don’t ever call him little, or he will bust a circuit to break the 3 laws to end you), as well as her loyal cyborg dog Kaiser, there is also her grumpy old sick grandfather who they live with. They live in an apocalyptic world (did you get that from all the previous references??), in which bombs have been dropped and California has been separated along the San Andreas fault, making it now an island, the ‘sea’ in between, not really an ocean, but a glassed bit of sand with a radioactive bit of sludge on top that not many are willing to cross (unless desperate).
They survive by putting together bits of robots to make their own to fight in ‘The Dome’ for what passes for money. In the future, there are 3 types of robots, Machina, Logikas, and Automatas. All are supposedly controlled by Asimov’s 3 laws (and Kristoff has this beautiful addendum to the laws that really makes you think)
Before you have even reached a couple of chapters into the story, you have had an entire world thrown up around you, and you have been dropped into this futuristic robotic world with such depth, that you really wonder where the story is going, how can the Author build this wonderful place any deeper. And then we are introduced to Lifelikes, the 4th evolution of Robots, and you realise that all of the stuff we have just read is like a prologue and give it a couple of chapters, and you will forget it even happened.
When Eve and the crew come across ‘Ezekiel’ a Lifelike – which is a robot that has been created to perfectly resemble a human, but with such beauty that they would make a super-model look bad, strength to outdo most Machina, agility to put even the finest ballerinas to shame, and speed beyond the visual range, these are the perfect epitome of robotics and human hybrid. They too, must follow the 3 laws.
I don’t want to give too much of the story away from this point, but we quickly learn that Eve has a very different past than we first believe, and the man who is posing as her grumpy old grand-father is not her grand-father at all.
The story becomes very quickly involved, far deeper than you could think possible.
This is a fantastic story full of exceptional characters, incredible machines and technology, and some raw, gritty and powerful emotions. The story just keeps moving forward at a pace that you just don’t realise is happening until you are three quarters of the way through the book and going ‘WOW’ at what has happened so far, and it doesn’t slow down.
Eve’s character is incredibly powerful, as is the character of Ezekiel and the Lifelikes. The message that underlines this book, about how we treat others, even Robot AI, is a very powerful message, and whilst we haven’t reached that point quite yet in our technology, the growing gap in our economic society, between the rich and poor, makes the message just as powerful as the upper class forget the rights of those that they consider beneath them.
This book is brilliant on so many levels, that it is worth the read regardless of what you enjoy, any sub-genre of Sci-Fi, but also several other genre’s as well.
Kristoff has created a book that will be remember for a long time once word spreads, and will it will be nominated for awards throughout the year. Get in early before it does, and before the movie gets made.
Without giving too much away, a young girl finds herself witness to thr brutal murder of her family, and finds herself trapped in a new world where she battles armoured tech in public fights to earn money that funds her grand father’s medication. But just like in all good tales, love soon comes storming in to upset the plans of all good men (and women) and the certain young lady who witnessed her family’s destruction at the start doesnt know where to turn (or look) for the love she feels for the young man blocking her vision.
But great tales have twists and turns stronger and heavier than the world’s mightiest rivers and this book has them in abundance. You will have trouble believing your eyes as you try to follow the plot, but one baddie appears only to be replaced with another and soon enough, fighting for money is replaced with fighting for one’s life in the streets. Its a good thing our heroine (victim) has good friends to rely on, as she will need them in order to see through the book’s finale. And what a finale it is. Sure to leave you breathless, and certainly impatient for book two, it wasnt until the very final chapter that you might predict how this opening volume will turn out. And yet its literally the book’s final sentence where the author’s true genius comes to the fore with a plot twist so shocking and strong and brilliant it will give you whiplash. And that is no exaggeration.
At this book’s 75% mark i was happy to give it 4/5 stars and i was keen to start something else. In a two hour session this afternoon, i sat enthralled and totally entertained by this amazing book written for the adults of tomorrow. So it is clearly worth full marks and the book is also clearly worthy of formal industry recognition. A great surprise, a great story, written by a great author. Truly Great stuff.
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