LIFEL1K3 (Lifelike #1) by Jay Kristoff – ★★★★★

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Today is release day! I was honored to receive a digital ARC from Random House and Netgalley for this highly anticipated book. I wanted this so bad because Jay Kristoff is one of my favorite authors and I’m a huge, unapologetic fangirl.

I loved the Lotus Wars and Nevernight Chronicle trilogies and have really enjoyed the Illuminae Files. And now this. Let me tell you, it delivers. I even pre-ordered a physical copy so I can read it again. And again.

The setting is a sort of wasteland – literally – where the United States is run by corporations and basically forgot about certain sections of land and just use them as trash sites! The main character lives on an island that was once part of California and now has streets named after the type of junk that lines them (tires, toasters, etc.).

There are robots, mechanicas, bot fights, organic waste vessels that patrol the black (polluted) seas. It’s got “deviants,” people who mutated by the environment and have unusual abilities that a race-purity-type group wants to eradicate. It’s got assassins! It’s a story about friendship and love, but it’s written by Jay Kristoff, so don’t expect too many niceties. I love the world he created and highly recommend this!

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