Summary from GoodReads:
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.
I read this for my bookclub at Mysterious Galaxy. Jay Kristoff wrote a phenomenal book. In Lifelike, I thought the characters were believable and I could feel a connection with them. The dialogue between Eve, Ezekiel, Lemon Fresh, and Cricket drove the dark, desolate tale. The book is set in the future where robots fight to their death (when they go rogue) and where religious fanatics run the world. These religious fanatics remind me of the fringes of all our major religions in our world. The fear that these fictional antagonists truly is real and felt by Eve and her companions on the run from them. Eve goes through some changes when major revelations occur in the novel. The anger that she exhibits in the aftermath isn’t misplaced, but rather life like. The future isn’t bright in this novel, but Jay Kristoff truly has a way of making it seem more tolerable.