Hello fellow book nerds!
I finally made it to the end of the LIFEL1K3 series and it was definitely an adventure.
It’s crazy how I felt about the first book to the last one, but let’s explore this final book in this trilogy.
While most of my reviews are spoiler free, there will be a spoiler in this review. There will be a warning for those who do not want the ending spoiled for you so please be sure to skip that portion!
NOTE: If you did not read LIFEL1K3 or DEV1AT3, there will be spoilers.
You can read my reviews on the first two books here:
4 out of 5 stars
Taken from Goodreads
Best friends have become enemies. Lovers have become strangers. And deciding whose side you’re on could be the difference between life and death. For Eve and Lemon, discovering the truth about themselves–and each other–was too much for their friendship to take. But with the country on the brink of a new world war–this time between the BioMaas swarm at CityHive and Daedalus’s army at Megopolis, loyalties will be pushed to the brink, unlikely alliances will form and with them, betrayals. But the threat doesn’t stop there, because the lifelikes are determined to access the program that will set every robot free, a task requiring both Eve and Ana, the girl she was created to replace. In the end, violent clashes and heartbreaking choices reveal the true heroes . . . and they may not be who you think they are.
There are so many things that I loved about this book. Pretty much anything to do with Lemon Fresh. While I loved her character in this first book, she really is the rising star throughout this whole series. Our characters are starting to come back together after that explosive (yes, pun intended) ending. The story again had such a great pace and I kept wanting to know what happened next. While I could have predicted a lot in the first book, the more the story continued to progress, the more I was being surprised by twists and turns. This whole story was unique and such a great twist on the apocalyptic genre, with a little bit of retelling in there as well. The biggest threat the characters face now is the release of the Libertas.
While I did enjoy the story and the setting, I really don’t think this book would have been as good if it wasn’t for the characters. This is definitely a character driven story and it’s obvious with how it is written. Lemon Fresh is seriously amazing and I love her so much. From the beginning where she believed she was just the sidekick to taking over this entire series – she definitely deserves everything. I love her growth and development, especially with her skills. I am also glad we got more of Cricket and Ezekiel’s point of view as well. It was nice to have them in the past book so I’m happy it was kept. And there was less of Eve. I honestly could not stand her character, and it did not improve with the series. It drove me a little crazy that part of what Lemon was doing was for Eve, same for Ezekiel, but they deserved so much better than her. I had a lot of issues with Eve’s character. But overall, it followed Lemon and if she didn’t win you over by the end of this series, I’m sorry. Because her character was such a delight and she made this whole series.
If you do not want the ending spoiled, please skip this section! There will be a note of where the spoiler ends.
I honestly hate that Eve got a “happy ending”. At the end of the book all go back home where they met up with Eve. She’s looking for a better body for Cricket which really makes me mad. She has no right to Cricket and honestly, no right to be with Lemon or Zeke or any of them. She never made a resolve and her character never had any redemption. But I wouldn’t have been happy with any redemption. Eve was such a whiny character the whole way through. Every time she said she never was able to make a decision by herself was such a lie. While her identity was “hidden” with Grandpa, he gave her a life. When she found out she was a lifelike, she immediately went bad? And everything she did was against the group. No. She is a bad person and did not deserve this ending and I’m honestly so angry that she did. This is what truly brought the star rating down from 5 to 4 for me.
NOTE: The narration does not affect my review of the book
Do you like audiobooks? Then do this whole series in audio. Seriously, it is done so well and I absolutely am now obsessed with Erin Spencer.