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Publisher's Summary

From the coauthor of the New York Times best-selling Illuminae Files comes the first book in a new series that's part Romeo and Juliet, part Terminator, and all adrenaline.

On an island junkyard beneath a sky that glows with radiation, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap. Seventeen-year-old Eve isn't looking for trouble - she's too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she spent months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, she's on the local gangster's wanted list, and the only thing keeping her grandpa alive is the money she just lost to the bookies. Worst of all, she's discovered she can somehow destroy machines with the power of her mind, and a bunch of puritanical fanatics are building a coffin her size because of it. If she's ever had a worse day, Eve can't remember it. The problem is, Eve has had a worse day - one that lingers in her nightmares and the cybernetic implant where her memories used to be. Her discovery of a handsome android named Ezekiel - called a "Lifelike" because they resemble humans - will bring her world crashing down and make her question whether her entire life is a lie.

With her best friend Lemon Fresh and her robotic sidekick Cricket in tow, Eve will trek across deserts of glass, battle unkillable bots, and infiltrate towering megacities to save the ones she loves...and learn the truth about the bloody secrets of her past.

©2018 Jay Kristoff (P)2018 Listening Library

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Intriguing, funny & unexpected

Jay Kristoff ascended to my to 5 with Nevernight and he keeps getting better. Lifelike takes strands of stories we’ve heard before about robots, androids, humans, apocalypse and survival and deftly weaves something new.
I look forward to and dread what comes next.

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An amazing book must read

I don’t do The Who review and rating I’m very picky about what I read/ listen to I listen to books 10-13 hrs a day at work and this book was amazing it had twists and a immersive story...... and the ending oh the ending!!! Talk about a shocking plot twist!!!! For once a book had a ending I didn’t expect awesome book 10/10 if you like fantasy post apocalyptic etc... this is a book for you!!! Amazing I loved it

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Post-apocalyptic with a twist (or three)

I loved Stormdancer so I was eager to give this one a try. It didn't disappoint! Kristoff has a knack for writing strong female heroines without making them cliche'. There is a hint of romance but Eve is her own character with her own goals, friends, and flaws that don't revolve around that, yet she never feels like a stereotype. The religious undertones added a lot of depth to the story and it's characters, I'm also a sucker for an ending with one twist I see coming and several that blindside me. Bonus points all around. Add that to a post-apocalyptic setting with flavors of Firefly and Johnny Mnemonic and you have a recipe for one heck of a ride.
The narrator did a great job of giving each character their own tone and cadence, I think her performance lent a lot to the story. Overall I very much enjoyed Lifelik3 and I hope there's a sequel or two in the works!

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I love this book jfc

this book fucked me up in such a good way every time it's so good

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Jay Kristoff at his finest!

a compelling story, interesting characters that keep you guessing, great world building, can't wait for book two!

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Fantastic

Erin Spencer does an amazing job with this fantastic book. Both the story and the performance keep you enthralled and wanting to continue reading/listening to see what is going to happen. Plus the characters are loveable and you cannot help but cheer them on throughout the story.

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A protagonist too hard to like and moral dilemmas I wasn't engaged by

I truly adore other material by Jay Kristoff, but I simply could not bring myself to like Eve or the story. An entirely ungrateful wretch wallowing in self-pity and loathing. And the world such that it is comes across as a parody or caricature of a post-apocalyptic world. No spoilers here, but the conclusion was incredibly unsatisfying after I fought through hoping for a payoff to balance the score.

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a must-read of 2018

this was not originally on my list for 2018 but after finding out about it I knew I needed to listen to it instantly. this is a top 10 for sure not just story but also for an e-reader. I look forward to what book to has the offer next year