Review: “DEV1AT3” by Jay Kristoff

Not as enjoyable as the first one, as I found myself zoning out while listening to the audiobook. I’m not sure if this is because I started this book immediately after finishing the first one and didn’t give myself enough time to process things.

This may contain spoilers for LIFEL1K3. Read at your own risk.

Title: DEV1AT3 (Lifelike #2)
Author: Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release date: June 25, 2019
Genre: Young adult, sci-fi, dystopian
Length: 419 pages (U.S. hardcover)
Synopsis: (via Goodreads) “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.”

Here we mostly follow Lemon Fresh, who has been separated from Evie, Ezekiel, and Cricket and is being hunted down because she is a deviate. She eventually finds herself with a handful of other deviates, including an older man named Major, who is able to “see” the future in his dreams. What I enjoyed most about this part of the book is Lemon finally felt like she belonged, especially since deviates are supposedly bad and all of them need to be destroyed, according to the Brotherhood. I liked these new friendships Lemon developed as well. I often forgot she’s only 15, and despite what she’s been through (and as we see as this book progresses), she’s still impressionable. The connection she shared with the Major immediately made me raise my eyebrows anyway because I continued to ask myself, “Why?” Well, the answer to my own question hurt because… Damn. Just when you think you know what’s what, the carpet is pulled right out from under you. I despise the way adults use impressionable teenagers who don’t know anything better for their own advantage.

It really wasn’t until this book that I noticed that the two major corporations, BioMaas Inc. and Daedalus Technologies are rivals, but I’ve yet to comprehend this rivalry fully. I’m unsure if it has anything to do with Ana’s father and his creations of the Lifelikes. Which also brings me to Eve. After the events of the last book and coming to terms with who Evie is as a person (before the big revelation), I’m having a hard time coming to grips with what Eve’s plan is and why she took this dark twist. Okay, yes, she has been lied to almost her entire life but… I don’t know. It doesn’t seem like her at all, and we see a bit of her “old self” when she’s so near to her goal. I really don’t know what Ezekiel hopes to achieve by chasing after her either, nor do I understand him teaming up and actually being nice to a certain character from the previous book. How did Ezekiel not think it would end the way it did?

As for Cricket, I think I may just like him even more than I did in the first book, especially since he’s supposed to be this large and in charge fighter bot who happens to land in the Brotherhood’s hands. The revelations there alone made me gasp, especially when we understand the overarching connection as well. I think Cricket even begin to care about one of Brotherhood members, which threw him for a bit of a loop, too. I like how Cricket became “rebellious”, too, with the help of another logica. Really twisting those commands around!

Just one book left, and I’m interested to see how it’ll all come to an end.

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You can purchase this book from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Book Depository (Australian edition), or with your local Indie at IndieBound.

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