Join in on an adventure with androids and exciting technology in Jay Kristoff’s LIFEL1K3!
Imagine living in a world with lifelike androids that gets crazy when you discover terrible secrets from your past. That’s what it’s like being Eve from LIFEL1K3 by Nevernight author Jay Kristoff. Everything is uncertain for Eve, who can wreck machines with her mind. This, of course, racks up a lot of disagreements and people want to see Eve dead.
Now, the cover for the anticipated sci-fi adventure is here. The cover tagline, “Your life is not your own,” is already formidable by itself. Who knows what will happen? We’ll just have to wait and see what that means, won’t we? But we’re definitely intrigued!
Check out the cover of LIFEL1K3 below and read the thrilling prologue below!
They kill my father first.
Shiny boots ring on the stairs as they march into our cell, four of them all in a pretty row. Blank faces and perfect skin, matte-gray pistols in red, red hands. A beautiful man with golden hair says they’re here to execute us. No explanations. No apologies.
Father turns towards us, and the terror in his eyes breaks my heart to splinters. I open my mouth to speak to him but I don’t know what I’ll say.
The bullets catch him in his back and bloody flowers bloom at his chest. My sisters scream as the muzzles flash and the shadows dance, and the noise is so loud I’m afraid I’ll never hear anything again. Mother reaches towards father’s body as if to catch his fall, and the shot that kisses her temple paints my face with red. The taste of salt and copper rolls hand in hand with milk-white smoke. And everything is still.
“Better to rule in hell,” the beautiful man smiles, “than serve in heaven.”
The words hang in the air among the song of distant explosions, the hymn of broken machines. A woman with flat grey eyes touches the beautiful man’s hand, and though they don’t speak at all, all four turn and leave the room.
My brother crawls to Father’s body and my sisters are still screaming. My tongue sticks to my teeth and mother’s blood is warm on my lips and I can think of nothing, process nothing but how cruel they were to give us this moment—this fragile sliver of time in which to pray it’s over. To wonder if anything of loyalty or compassion remains inside those shells we filled to brimming. To hope perhaps they won’t murder children.
But the screaming finally stills and the smoke slowly clears.
And again, we hear shiny boots upon the stairs.
You can read the synopsis taken from Goodreads to know more about LIFEL1K3:
On an island junkyard beneath a sky that glows with radiation, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap.
Seventeen-year-old Eve isn’t looking for trouble–she’s too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she spent months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, she’s on the local gangster’s wanted list, and the only thing keeping her grandpa alive is the money she just lost to the bookies. Worst of all, she’s discovered she can somehow destroy machines with the power of her mind, and a bunch of puritanical fanatics are building a coffin her size because of it.
If she’s ever had a worse day, Eve can’t remember it. The problem is, Eve has had a worse day–one that lingers in her nightmares and the cybernetic implant where her memories used to be. Her discovery of a handsome android named Ezekiel–called a “Lifelike” because they resemble humans–will bring her world crashing down and make her question whether her entire life is a lie.
With her best friend Lemon Fresh and her robotic sidekick Cricket in tow, Eve will trek across deserts of glass, battle unkillable bots, and infiltrate towering megacities to save the ones she loves… and learn the truth about the bloody secrets of her past.
LIFEL1K3 hits bookshelves on May 29, 2018. You can pre-order a copy via Amazon.
Until January 30th, you can also enter win great prizes from Jay Kristoff just by spreading word about the cover! Get the details on the author’s website.