Blog Tour Early Review | LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff


Oh my goodness, did I freak out when I saw that Rockstar Book Tours was organzing a review tour for Jay Kristoff’s new release LifeL1K3!

I never thought I’d be selected as a tour stop in a million years, but I was and now I can’t wait to share how much I loved this book!

Thank you so much to Rockstar Book Tours for organizing this blog tour, and for granting me this small wish by allowing me to take part!

You guys are awesome!

LifeL1k3LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff
Lifelike #1

YA Science Fiction
Knopf Books for Young Readers
May 29, 2018

About the Book: On a floating junkyard beneath a radiation sky, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap.

Eve isn’t looking for secrets—she’s too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she’s just spent six months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, and the only thing keeping her Grandpa from the grave was the fistful of credits she just lost to the bookies. To top it off, she’s discovered she can destroy electronics with the power of her mind, and the puritanical Brotherhood are building a coffin her size. If she’s ever had a worse day, Eve can’t remember it.

But when Eve discovers the ruins of an android boy named Ezekiel in the scrap pile she calls home, her entire world comes crashing down. With her best friend Lemon Fresh and her robotic conscience, Cricket, in tow, she and Ezekiel will trek across deserts of irradiated glass, infiltrate towering megacities and scour the graveyard of humanity’s greatest folly to save the ones Eve loves, and learn the dark secrets of her past.

Even if those secrets were better off staying buried.

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LifeL1K3 really put me through the ringer!  It was a highly emotional read.  I was up and down, loving and hating these characters in equal measure.  Actually, it was mostly just Eve.  Still, it’s not even a criticism because in this instance my feelings were all over the place because the story was so freaking good.  I cared about Eve.  I also cared about Zeke, Lemon and Cricket.  I loved every single one of them, and so when they struggled I struggled with them.  That was the source of my pain.

Frankly I didn’t expect to enjoy LifeL1K3 as much as I did.  Sci-Fi can be hard for me, because I’ve never been a scientific person.  Admitting this bruises my self-esteem, but when things get too science-y I space out.  So, for the first few chapters of LifeL1K3 I was worried.  I wasn’t sure I was really connecting to the heroine and her problems.  Thankfully I was eventually sucked in so easily I can’t pinpoint exactly when it happened.  I just found at some point my breath was coming faster and I was fidgeting in my seat, so full of anxiety for these people.  Because whether they’re a LifeLike, Android, or Logika, they’re all people and I loved them.

I have so much to say, so much to discuss, but to go there on this type of review platform would be cruel to future readers.  LifeL1K3 is the kind of book that would be a travesty to spoil.  There are so many twists and turns!  Jay Kristoff wrote some of them to be obvious, but I promise you will still be sideswiped by stuff you never saw coming!  It’ll shock you all the way up to the end, and what a freaking ending!  I’m seriously dying inside, because how in the hell am I going to wait for a sequel that doesn’t even have a name yet!  This is the downside of getting to review an ARC, because my wait time is LONGER!  And how will I ever survive it??!

I fell into the story Jay Kristoff was telling unconsciously, but I will be consciously waiting however long it takes to fall into whatever he writes next.  I’m eager to be broken by this author again.

Rating: 5-feathers

Thank you to Knopf Books and Rockstar Book Tours for providing a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author


Jay Kristoff is a #1 international, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of science fiction and fantasy. He grew up in the second most isolated capital city on earth and fled at his earliest convenience, although he’s been known to trek back for weddings of the particularly nice and funerals of the particularly wealthy. Being the holder of an Arts degree, he has no education to speak of.

His LOTUS WAR trilogy was critically acclaimed in Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, nominated for the David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards and won the 2014 Aurealis Award. Jay’s new series, the SciFi thriller THE ILLUMINAE FILES, was co-authored with Amie Kaufman. Book 1, ILLUMINAE, became a New York Times and international bestseller, was named among the Kirkus, Amazon and YALSA Best Books of 2015, became a finalist for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award and won the 2016 Aurealis Award and an ABIA Book of the Year award. ILLUMINAE is currently slated to be published in thirty five countries, and film rights have been acquired by Brad Pitt and Plan B Entertainment.

Jay’s new fantasy series, THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE, commenced in 2016. The novel was an international bestseller, won the Aurealis award and earned Kristoff his second Gemmell nomination. Part 2, GODSGRAVE, was published in 2017, and won the series its second Aurealis award. A new YA series, LIFEL1K3 has also been acquired by Knopf/Random House Kids, and commences publication in early 2018. A new series with Amie Kaufman, THE ANDROMEDA CYCLE, begins in 2019 with Knopf/Random House Kids. Jay is as surprised about all this as you are. He is represented by Josh Adams at Adams Literary.

Jay is 6’7 and has approximately 12,000 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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So MANY Giveaways!


Finished Copy Giveaway!
3 winners will receive a finished copy of LIFEL1K3, US Only.
Click the image below to enter!Give


Jay Kristoff’s Pre-Order Giveaway!

The LIFEL1K# pre-order is now live for folks in the US! To get your sticky booky hands on a full color map of the Yousay by the amazing Virginia Allyn and four brill LIFEL1K3 bookmarks with illustrations by the incredibly talented Mona May, all you need to is:

  1. Pre order LIFEL1K3 (Amazon/Barnes&Noble/Indiebound/Powells/Book Depository/ it doesn’t matter from where, just get a receipt)
  2. Head to and search for “Lifel1k3”. Or better yet, just click HERE.
  3. Enter your details and upload your receipt.
  4. 4. Profit.


Aussie & New Zealand Only Giveaway!

Take a SELFIE with a copy of LIFEL1K3 and SHARE IT using #LIFEL1K3comp for your chance to win tickets for you and a friend to go to any concert of your choice!

 Entry is open to Australian and New Zealand residents only.
Terms and Conditions apply.
Ends 09/05/2018.

Follow the Tour

Week One:
5/14/2018- Mary Had a Little Book Blog
5/15/2018- Fiction Fare
5/16/2018- Birdie Bookworm
5/17/2018- Novel Heartbeat
5/18/2018- Bookish In Bed

Week Two:
5/21/2018- Portrait of a Book
5/22/2018- Confessions of a YA Reader
5/23/2018- Emily Reads Everything
5/24/2018- Zach’s YA Reviews
5/25/2018- The Bookish Libra

Week Three:
5/28/2018- Feed Your Fiction Addiction
5/29/2018- Diary of an Avid Reader
5/30/2018- Here’s to Happy Endings
5/31/2018- Book-Keeping
6/1/2018- Nerdophiles

Week Four:
6/4/2018- Smada’s Book Smack
6/5/2018- Novel Novice
6/6/2018- The Book Nut
6/7/2018- Book Briefs
6/8/2018- A Gingerly Review

About Birdie

Don’t look for her in any bar, club, crazy raging party, or anywhere there may be a large gathering of strangers. She’s more likely to be found tucked into the corner of the couch watching one of her favorite shows, or preferably under a comforter with her current novel.

7 Responses

  1. Beware Of The Reader

    Why are these giveaways US only??? That’s too bad especially after having read your and Shanah’s review! Fantastic job Wendy 😉


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