I have been a fan of Jay Kristoff ever since I read his The Illuminae Files series – which he co-wrote with Amie Kaufman – and once again, he successfully created another beautifully written masterpiece. Overall, I loved reading the book and enjoyed every minute reading it. However, I do not like the cover of the book, the font was too simple and the background of the cover was plain.

“Romeo And Juliet meets Mad Max meets X-Men meets Blade Runner.”

Set in a post-apocalyptic future where robots and human-like robots – lifelikes – co-exist, Eve, the main protagonist lives with her grandfather and battles with robots to provide medication for his sickness. As her mech broke down and while trying to save herself, she discovered her supernatural ability – to control things with her mind. Her act was aired publicly and she was later hunted by the Brotherhood, an organization which kills people just like her.

While running away from the Brotherhood, Eve along with her best friend, Lemon Fresh and little robot, Cricket discovered an exceptionally beautiful male lifelike from a plane crash. They took him home for his parts but the lifelike – Ezekiel woke up from his deep sleep and turned out to know things about Eve and her grandfather that Eve did not know.

Eve, Ezekiel, Lemon and Cricket began their journey to discover Eve’s real identity while escaping from the hunters trailing behind them.

“Your past doesn’t make calls on your future. It doesn’t matter who you were. Only who you are.”

The characters were well developed and each of them were unique and easily distinguishable due to their distinct personalities. Eve was a strong, independent and smart girl who would do anything for the people she loves but confused by who she really is whereas Ezekiel was protective and loving yet he was not afraid to destroy anything that came in their way. Funny and supportive Lemon and faithful Cricket also added life to the book.

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

The book revolves around love – romantic love, family love and friendly love. The romance between Eve and Ezekiel, based on Romeo and Juliet, was beautiful and adorable. We got to see how their relationship developed throughout the book and delve into their tragic past. I especially adored the family love between Eve and her siblings – even though they are lifelikes among them. They were united and understood each other very well, where once, Eve swore to keep a secret for her lifelike siblings to save their lives.

There were multiple plot twists throughout the book and I did not see some any of them coming. The book also had some references to Pinocchio and Anastasia – classical stories of our childhood. I enjoyed reading the book and it kept me hooked until the very end. The ending suggested there will be a sequel and I am eager to read the next book.

I would recommend Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff to those who enjoy reading the genres of science fiction, dystopia or classical literature retellings.

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