DEV1AT3 (Lifel1k3 #2)
Written by Jay Kristoff
Published by Knopf books for young readers, June 25, 2019
My star rating – 4 stars
Lemon Fresh has seen better days.
After the climactic battle in Babel, she finds herself separated from Ezekiel and Cricket in the wastelands. Lemon’s abilities to manipulate electricity mark her as a deviate, and deadly corporate operatives are hunting her to use as a weapon in the war between BioMaas Incorporated and Daedelus Technologies. Instead, Lemon finds herself falling in with a group of fellow deviates—a band of teenagers with astonishing abilities, led by an enigmatic figure known as the Major, who may hold the secrets to Lemon’s past.
Meanwhile, Cricket finds himself in possession of the puritanical Brotherhood, a religious cult set for a head-on collision with the Major and his band. Searching for Lemon, Ezekiel finds a strange ally in an old enemy, and uncovers a plot that may see him reunited with his beloved Ana.
And inside Babel, a remade Eve hatches a plan to bring an end to the world. Find it on Goodreads
Though this review won’t contain spoilers for this book, it WILL contain spoilers for the first book in the series (Lifel1k3), SO – if you haven’t read it yet, stop reading this review immediately and go read Lifel1k3! No, seriously, this is a threat – go read it……….. *wink*
This one is a little hard for me to review because I’ve got some conflicting thoughts. Like, really conflicting! On one hand, this had everything I could have wanted from a sequel. Then, on the other hand, there was something that I really felt was missing. Let me start with the positives.
First off – my favourite character Lemon Fresh takes centre stage! I absolutely loved her in book one. She was supportive, bold, brave, fearless, determined, and so so feisty! I loved her humour and her side remark comments. She doesn’t have a verbal filter and says it like it is…… this girl has my heart! And to have her be front and centre was everything that I hoped for! She’s had a pretty tough upbringing, true cert. She had never had a family or people she could lean on until she found her best friend Eve and Eve’s grandfather Silas. But with Silas dead, and Eve leaving her after she found out she was a lifelike, Lemon has never been more alone. Separated from Ezekiel and Cricket, she finds a group of people who are just like her, and she’s finally able to ponder who she really is. This dynamic was wonderful! It was far more heartwarming and emotional than expected! We learn more about what it is to be a deviate, how they’re viewed by the rest of the world, and all the different powers that a deviate can have. We also continue on the “Lemon Fresh is special and important” train….. but still really unclear as to how THAT piece of information will play out in the long run!
It wasn’t only Lemon that was separated from the group. The two other main perspectives that we get are from Ezekiel and Cricket. With them all being apart from each other, having the different perspectives was perfect. Ezekiel is in quite the precarious position. He fell in love with Ana when he was created. He thought that Eve was Ana, and fell in love with her….. but turns out that Eve is a lifelike and Ana is in a coma of sorts and is being held in a secret place….. who does he really love then? Ana, or Eve? Are they truly the same person? Is HE the same “person” that he was when he fell for Ana? Is his love really worth fighting his siblings? SO much to consider!!!! And then there’s Cricket. In a war bots body he is forced to fight when he was only created to protect. Not to mention he’s bound by the 3 laws, and finds himself in a bit of a “bromance” with a young boy who scavenges him….. GAH!!! Little Cricket (but don’t call him little!) was such a feisty sweetheart and is now a robotic giant who needs to fight for entertainment…. priceless!!! See what I mean! So much happening, all in different places, and all while simultaneously on the same mission. The perspectives were just SO FREAKING GOOD!!!!
Now, onto the not so good. I kind of wanted more from Eve!!! I missed her thought process. In Lifel1k3 she thought that she was the missing Ana Monrova, and had the trauma of all of Ana’s memories, only to find out that she was actually a Lifelike who was created to replace Ana, who was in a coma-like state in hiding….. god that’s like a description of a crazy science fiction soap opera….. well, it kind of is! LOL! But, now that she knows she’s a lifelike and she’s making her own decisions, we didn’t get any of her perspective. What is she thinking siding with the other Lifelike’s? Does she not feel any regret leaving Lemon Fresh? Does she care for Ezekiel still? What about poor Cricket? Well folks, we don’t know. As much as I LOVED the perspectives of Lemon, Cricket, and Ezekiel, I really missed Eve’s thoughts. I know that this will come into play in book 3, and genius Kristoff will tie it all together in a story that will blow my mind, but I really missed Eve this time around. This book was so life changing for her and we didn’t get any insight from her side of things.
What I love most about this series is the strong emphasis on friendship and family. There’s a lot of crappy things happening in their lives. The world isn’t sunshine and rainbows, and you need to fight for everything you have. But if you have friends and family, you can make it through anything. Kristoff does such an amazing job showing the differences that friends and family can make in a persons life, and demonstrating just what a person is willing to do for them. It makes me want to hug everyone close and whisper that everything will be ok…..
But will it be ok?? I know that book 3 is going to be one hell of a roller coaster and I’m kind of glad that my heart will have time to prepare.
Until next time, happy reading!