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.
I must admit that for the first 50 pages of Lifel1k3, I found the story somewhat confusing because of the fictional language it contains.
However, I am very glad that I persisted with it as it quickly turned into an action-packed thrilling adventure story set in a post-apocalyptic world.
The action sequences reminded me of a Matthew Reilly novel, but Lifel1k3 also includes a tragic love story, questions of the future of our world, the limits of how far science can or should go, and the unforeseen consequences that can follow.
The characters were wonderful, and it has an amazing twist at the end that will have readers hanging out for the next instalment in what is to be a trilogy.
A great read for all teenagers who love sci-fi and those that don’t probably will when they finish this!
Reviewed by Rob