DEV1AT3

DEV1AT3

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 fal...

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Title:DEV1AT3
Author:Jay Kristoff
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Edition Language:English

DEV1AT3 Reviews

  • Sh3lly

    RELEASE DAY!

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    Release date: June 25, 2019 by Knopf Books For Young Readers.

    Reading the blurb at Goodreads will spoil you for book one, and we’re still a bit over two weeks out from release day, so I have to be careful about revealing too much.

    If you haven’t started this series yet, the setting is a post-apocalyptic garbage dump, environmentally ruined America run by corporations. Most organic beings outside of humans are genetically-engi

    RELEASE DAY!

    Review also found at:

    Release date: June 25, 2019 by Knopf Books For Young Readers.

    Reading the blurb at Goodreads will spoil you for book one, and we’re still a bit over two weeks out from release day, so I have to be careful about revealing too much.

    If you haven’t started this series yet, the setting is a post-apocalyptic garbage dump, environmentally ruined America run by corporations. Most organic beings outside of humans are genetically-engineered, or altered with cyborg implants.

    Robots and artificial intelligence play a pretty big role. There have been random human mutations – people suddenly getting weird abilities due to, who knows, maybe radiation or other funk in the atmosphere, etc.

    Lemon Fresh plays a MUCH bigger role here. Cricket and Ezekiel are back. Eve is back, only much more stabby. There are new characters, surprises, gut punches, crazy religious shenanigans.

    I LOVED it! Those who loved book one, you should be satisfied with this. Those who haven’t started, read book one, and then this releases June 25th!

    Thank you Netgalley and publisher for providing a digital eARC to read and review. I adored it

  • Phrynne

    Amazing! Great characters, entertaining dialogue, terrific story and action, action, action. What more could anyone ask for!

    Poor Ezekiel - I cannot imagine what the future holds for him. Poor Fix - the less said about that the better. There were sad moments and fun moments and lot of people and non people dying not very nice deaths. The battles are hugely exciting and the author's imagination knows no bounds. Those hive ladies were just incredible.

    And the totally abrupt ending means we are left

    Amazing! Great characters, entertaining dialogue, terrific story and action, action, action. What more could anyone ask for!

    Poor Ezekiel - I cannot imagine what the future holds for him. Poor Fix - the less said about that the better. There were sad moments and fun moments and lot of people and non people dying not very nice deaths. The battles are hugely exciting and the author's imagination knows no bounds. Those hive ladies were just incredible.

    And the totally abrupt ending means we are left hanging for the next book. Soon please Mr. Kristoff!

  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔

    Rating ~3.5

    That ending...wtf though

    Safe to say this book was not what I was expecting. There was a complete shift in focus, where the first book was primarily all about Eve. This book was predominately all about Lemon.

    Our favorite sidekick got a promoted to newbie heroine status. In this installment, we learn that Lemon has known about her special abilities for quite sometime. She has chosen to keep her special ability hidden from everyone, even her best friend. But as always with

    Rating ~3.5

    That ending...wtf though

    Safe to say this book was not what I was expecting. There was a complete shift in focus, where the first book was primarily all about Eve. This book was predominately all about Lemon.

    Our favorite sidekick got a promoted to newbie heroine status. In this installment, we learn that Lemon has known about her special abilities for quite sometime. She has chosen to keep her special ability hidden from everyone, even her best friend. But as always with secrets, they never stay hidden and it isn't long before a number of enemies are after our dear Lemon Fresh. Fortunately, she finds allies in her fellow deviates.

    Cute little bot got an upgrade at the end of the last book and now in this one he's forced to fill the role of his new robot body. Finally becoming the battle bot he always used to claim he wanted to be.

    A new addition to the cast, like Lemon he is a deviate.

    Emotionally, he is a mess. Torn between his feelings for Ana, the girl who taught him love and what it meant to be alive (this point by the way is so greatly overused and referenced it started to grate), and Eve the girl he was falling for despite her differences to the Ana he remembered.

    At the end of the first book, we knew our girl had big plans ahead. But rather than following our girl on a slow descent into darkness we're forced to witness her essentially do a 180 and go all-in on the Lifelike mission. All of sudden she wants to help her siblings bring about the end of humanity. And honestly, this was the most disappointing aspect of the book for me. It was too rather sudden and quite forced. Previously, before she thought she was Ana, she was just Eve and she was just a normal girl just trying to survive. Just because all her memories of being Ana were false doesn't mean everything about the life she lived as Eve was.

    *More detailed review to come*

  • BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)

    I absolutely love this post apocalyptic, robotic world! If you aren't reading this series - you should be! Kristoff does an amazing job of making you feel like you have been pulled in to his world.

    I absolutely love this post apocalyptic, robotic world! If you aren't reading this series - you should be! Kristoff does an amazing job of making you feel like you have been pulled in to his world.

    Plus the main characters are like friends you enjoy spending time with and can't wait to see again.

    See - there's A LOT going on here! Trust me when I tell you - this is not a fluffy YA series and you don't want to miss it!

  • Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer

    I really enjoyed Lemon Fresh in LifeL1k3. She was a breath of fresh air and I really hurt for her and Ezekial at the end of the first book. So I was dying to check out the sequel where our side kick takes center stage...

    I think the title Dev1at3 totally suits Lemon's story and goes with the LifeL1k3 moniker quite well. I don't hate the cover design. I think in person it would probably be quite stunning in an understated sort of way. I

    I really enjoyed Lemon Fresh in LifeL1k3. She was a breath of fresh air and I really hurt for her and Ezekial at the end of the first book. So I was dying to check out the sequel where our side kick takes center stage...

    I think the title Dev1at3 totally suits Lemon's story and goes with the LifeL1k3 moniker quite well. I don't hate the cover design. I think in person it would probably be quite stunning in an understated sort of way. I wish it matched LifeL1k3's cover a bit more. They use the same honeycomb shape but side by side they don't feel like they're from the same series if it wasn't for the names.

    For Dev1at3 we pull away from Eve's POV and only follow her in certain climatic moments. And our favorite BFF takes center stage! We pick up where we left off in LifeL1k3... Lemon Fresh, Ezekiel and Cricket are estranged from their girl, Eve. Now they've got to figure out what to do... and circumstances happen that they are separated. I know this is vague but if you want more the premise reveals way more. Suffice to say these three stay close to one another but take their own journey through the wastes. Never fear though this isn't the last we've seen of the lifel1k3s either.

    I read a lot of Jay Kristoff and I have to say one reason is the man knows how to plot. He keeps the pace swift, the characters fun and the plot twisty and moving forward. TBH I'm not always shocked by his twists, and there is a moment in Dev1at3 that felt quite contrived to me, but it was complicated, it was tense and I enjoyed the heck out of it! There are nailings, explosions, chases, rockets, mech battles, shootouts and self harm!! And the villains made me cry and wail in despair for my precious characters that deserve all the love instead of all the abandonment and manipulation they received.

    When I started Dev1at3 I totally jumped on all the POVs! I LOVED it. I wasn't bored or loving one of them over the other. It felt really natural how Lemon came to be parted from Cricket and Ezekiel. Even the bond that forms between her and her captor felt spot on to me. There is a moment for Ezekiel too that made my heart feel crushed for him. We all knew it was coming but you can't help but feel for a machine that has gone through such a soul changing journey.

    Lemon Fresh, Ezekiel and Cricket meet new characters and I universally loved them all! Each one allies with different characters and I was really taken with our little group of Deviates that Lemon meets. Major struck me right away as a powerful figure and I loved how he figured in everything. And Cricket makes a couple of friends that were dynamite!! My absolute favorite, is a robot that totally steals the spotlight due to his bromance with straight-laced Cricket. And even Ezekiel makes the decision to take on another in his chase, brave, stupid and makes total sense. All of this new blood totally enlivened Dev1at3 for me and made the wild ride worth reading.

    Jay Kristoff knows how to rev our engines. He doesn't like for everyone to survive their encounters in his books and Dev1at3 is no different. Sometimes this means skewing events so certain things happen that aren't natural. There was a moment like this and it really irritated me, but it was just a moment. The ending doesn't disappoint but sets us up for the final installment without making Dev1at3 any less of a powerful part of the story.

    -Lemon Fresh!

    I would not be surprised if you said she was your favorite character. And she is the protagonist and goes on a soul searing journey that will break your heart.

    -Cricket's Bromance!

    It doesn't happen right away but he meets the right robot and a connection is made... It totally changes his life and leads to tough choices for our battle bot.

    -Deviates vs. The Brotherhood!

    This is a war I didn't even know I wanted. We explore some key players and then get to be on the sidelines as tensions explode between them.

    -Ezekiel's Realization!

    Such a good lifelike... you really want him to find happiness. But Eve is so mad! And something has got to break...

    -Oh no, its a missile!!

    The finale is incredible and fun and outrageous. I totally loved it and this is the only hint I'm going to give you but yeah, you can't skip this middle book!!

    Dev1at3 is a great sequel to LifeL1k3... in fact, dare I say its better!! Lemon Fresh takes center stage along with our lovelorn Ezekiel and our straight-laced Cricket and takes us on a wild ride to meet more of the denizens involved in the war of the wastes! “Sometimes you don't know you've crossed the line till you're on the other side.”And now I'm ready for the final book of the LifeL1k3 series!! Bring it on!!

    ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Authenticity

    ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Writing Style

    ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Plot & Pacing

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ World Building

    A- Cover & Title grade

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  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    On sale now! Review first posted on

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    In a brutal, blasted country called the Yousay (USA, of course), hostile androids contend against regular humans and superpowered mutants against a backdrop of robot death matches, in a dystopian Mad Max type of world. DEV1AT3 is the sequel to

    , which should be read first. Obligatory warning: This review ― not to mention a helpful four-page glossary that author Jay Kristoff provides at the very beginning of DEV1AT3 ― contains a few m

    On sale now! Review first posted on

    :

    In a brutal, blasted country called the Yousay (USA, of course), hostile androids contend against regular humans and superpowered mutants against a backdrop of robot death matches, in a dystopian Mad Max type of world. DEV1AT3 is the sequel to

    , which should be read first. Obligatory warning: This review ― not to mention a helpful four-page glossary that author Jay Kristoff provides at the very beginning of DEV1AT3 ― contains a few major spoilers for LIFEL1K3. (Those spoilers are also in the blurb for this book. So.)

    Eve has spent her entire life thinking she was human, until discovering at the end of LIFEL1K3 that she’s an extremely realistic android, called a Lifelike, indistinguishable from humans except for their extreme strength, speed and self-healing powers. Deeply bitter about all the lies she’s been told, Eve has joined five of the six remaining Lifelikes in the search for Ana Monrovia, the daughter of their founder who was injured and hidden away in suspended animation. Ana is the key to unlocking some old Monrovia technology, including the information needed create more Lifelikes and a nanovirus that erases the Three Laws (protect yourself, obey humans and, most importantly, don’t kill humans) from a robot’s core code. The Lifelikes already have this Libertas virus, but are intent on obtaining it and spreading it to all of robotdom.

    Meanwhile, Eve’s former best friend, human fifteen-year-old Lemon Fresh, has been hiding a “deviate” mental superpower all her life: the ability to overload electronics and burn them out. Lemon and the one remaining Lifelike who is friendly to humans, Ezekiel, are on the run, hiding from the agents of two powerful feuding megacorporations searching for the person who has this power and can turn the tide of the war between them. Lemon gets separated from Ezekiel and winds up with a group of humans who may just be her type of people. But the megacorps’ agents are still hunting for her, along with the ruthless members of a religious cult whose goal is to kill all mutants or deviates, like Lemon. Ezekiel is trying to beat Eve’s group to find Ana, in the company of a companion who will be a surprise (possibly welcome; but maybe not) to readers of LIFEL1K3. Ezekiel is hoping that Eve still has a conscience about killing people, but is that hope a vain one?

    DEV1AT3 amps up the suspense from LIFEL1K3, and benefits from a more coherent plot. The characters are both colorful and memorable, and the stakes are high: humanity itself is at risk. There are a couple of robot deathmatches to liven up the plot along the way, starring Cricket, Eve’s formerly small robot companion whose brain has been put into a 77-ton WarBot. It’s a previously longed-for but uncomfortable change for Cricket, as he finds himself at the mercy of others’ agendas. Another entertaining character is Solomon, a humorously cynical robot who’s figured out a way to finesse the Three Laws and gain for himself some more personal freedom.

    The theme of love and loyalty for friends and found family is strong here, particularly in Lemon. Her loyalty to friends (even the robotic ones) is laudable, even though it leads her to make some highly questionable decisions. Another character whose actions I sometimes found difficult to believe was Eve. Her character transplant lends itself well to the plot of DEV1AT3, and is perhaps even necessary to drive the plot, but didn’t entirely ring true to me.

    Anti-religious views seem to bubble under the surface of DEV1AT3. Traditionally religious characters are inevitably fanatical or twisted or both, and when a new friend shares a copy of Charles Darwin’s

    with Lemon, she reacts with a spiritual fervor to its message, tears in her eyes and all. It’s the Good Book for deviates!

    Other than these quibbles, I enjoyed DEV1AT3 a lot. There are some great plot twists that truly caught me by surprise, and it kept me engaged from beginning to end. I’d recommend this LIFELIKE trilogy to readers who enjoy dystopian YA science fiction. I’m definitely planning to read the next and final book in this series.

    Content notes: Lots of dystopian and sometimes disturbing violence (like

    ).

    I received a hardback copy from the publisher, not to mention a NetGalley ebook. Thanks!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • jessica

    im a simple person - i see anything with jay kristoffs name and i read it. no questions asked. mainly because i always know what im going to get when i open one of his books.

    true to his storytelling genius, the pacing in this is on point, the method at revealing information/world building is clever, the characters have great depth to them, the plot line is never lacking, and dont even get me started on that ending. i really, really enjoyed this.

    i also appreciate that this sequel shifts directi

    im a simple person - i see anything with jay kristoffs name and i read it. no questions asked. mainly because i always know what im going to get when i open one of his books.

    true to his storytelling genius, the pacing in this is on point, the method at revealing information/world building is clever, the characters have great depth to them, the plot line is never lacking, and dont even get me started on that ending. i really, really enjoyed this.

    i also appreciate that this sequel shifts direction from the first book and focuses on a different character. although i would have much rather read about ezekiel (i hope the third book focuses on him), the focus on lemon fresh is a nice change of pace and adds more to the series as a whole.

    im really excited to see where this story continues to go and i highly suggest anyone who has read

    to pick this up ASAP.

  • Ishmeen

    Only halfway through 2018 and this is already my most anticipated novel of 2019 - that is IF it comes out in 2019 which I’m not even sure of 😭 y’all I NEED THIS SO BAD??!!

    Can someone get me a time travel machine pls.

  • Hamad

    And now it has a cover (a little pink would look good on the shelf I guess??!)

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    I need this book more than food and water and air.

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