Author: Jay Kristoff
Pub. Date: May 29, 2018
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
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.
How does one properly review such a bad ass book from an even more bad ass author? The struggle is oh so real, folks. This was a whirlwind of a scifi thriller that tugged at my MadMax feels.
You already know the short recap so I won’t attempt another one, as I would fail miserably at trying to do justice.
Eve is such a relateable character that I couldn’t get enough of her. She was doing what she needed to do to get by with no apologizes for how she lived her life. She was a damn good robot fighter in a time and place when most females would cower away, she stood tall. She really was trying to do the best with the hand that life gave her, which was not a great hand at all. She is able to keep trucking with her bestest friends by her side – Lemon Fresh and Cricket. (If the names alone don’t make you want to read this story even more, I might not be able to help you. You might need help.) Lemon’s character was also so much fun to read. I wanted to be friends with her in real life. Her snark was stuff dreams are made of. I was constantly laughing at her quips! Cricket was just all around amazing. Makes me wish I had a small robot to talk sense into me. And speaking of wishing, I want a blitzhound STAT. Once you read the book – you’ll get what I’m talking about.
Writing reviews with no spoilers is TOUGH. I want to go into more detail about I can’t! Just know the world building was a-freaking-mazing and the pacing was stellar. I felt the story was over too quickly but that is simply because I was so engrossed that I couldn’t put the book down. Nah, I didn’t want to put the book down (that’s more like the truth). I could not get enough of these characters, this world, this story. It is going to feel like eternity for the next book in the series. But know that I’m already camped out at the front of the line for book 2.
I hope you are excited about this book and have it on your TBR! Once you read it – of if you have already read it – come back and let me know your thoughts. I need someone to fangirl with.
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About Jay Kristoff
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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