Dev1at3, or how a difficult situation becomes even worse?

Dev1at3 by Jay Kristoff
Series:
Lifel1k3 #2
Format: 
Hardback
Pages: 448
Published 
by Penguin Random House
Top 3 Genres: 
Science fiction, Young Adult, Robots
My rating: 
Set it on fire/If you have nothing else to read/you need to read it/Run and buy it.
Source: 
Finished copy provided by Penguin Random House Canada
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Hey guys! Do you remember how much I LOVED Lifel1k3. I was crazy about this book and its story! So when I had the chance to discover Dev1at3, let me tell you, I jumped on it! And if in the first book of this trilogy our heroes face pretty bad stuff, it does not get better in this second one. But as a (little bit sadistic) reader, it is a delight to read 😉

In the wake of a climactic battle in the ruined city of Babel, two former best friends suddenly find themselves on opposite sides of the same quest. Eve is torn between the memories of the girl she was, and the synthetic she’s discovered herself to be. Together with her lifelike « siblings, » Eve sets out to find the real Ana Monrova, whose DNA is the key to building an army of lifelikes. Meanwhile, Eve’s best friend, Lemon, is coming to terms with a power that she has long denied–and that others want to harness as a weapon. When she meets a strange boy named Grimm, he offers to lead her out of the horror-ridden landscape and to an enclave of other abnorms like herself. There, Lemon quickly finds a sense of belonging–and perhaps even love–among the other genetic deviates. But all is not what it seems, and with enemies and friends, heroes and villains wearing interchangeable faces, Lemon, too, will join the race to locate Ana Monrova before her former best friend can get to her.

A little change of perspective

In the first book, we mostly followed Evie and her story. And it was incredible! But things change a bit in this one and now Lemon Fresh is taking the lead, for our great pleasure. Worry not! We are still getting updates from Evie and even Ezekiel, as all of them follow different yet strangely parallel paths. But Lemon is really the main focus here. I already liked her, and in this book, I learned to love her: her struggle to stay strong when she is 15-16 and has to face so many losses and violence, her undying hope to belong somewhere and the experimenting on her powers! Between BioMaas hunters, crazy religious fanatics and unexpected encounters, Lemon’s life is far from boring. And so is our reading 😉

« She hoped they’d all be okay. That one day, somehow, they’d all find their happy ending. She knew it was silly to hope. But in the end, it was all she had. »

As for Evie and Ezekiel, their path is full of blood. It is not pretty. One is struggling with her new life and the revelations about herself. The other is trying to keep on his promises but the world is standing in his way! I really liked the dynamic of Zeke’s character in this book, as well as the dubious friendship he builds with a character we already met in book one!

Oh! And how could I forget Cricket. Poor Cricket, another one on the wrong side of the barrier (but then, none of the characters in this book are living a happy life!). He finds himself separated from everybody he loves, and at the mercy of humans who don’t really have any considerations for robots. It is such a good addition to have chapters from the perspective of this very special logika, on what he thinks of humans… and of himself!

« He also knew there were truths bigger than the ones he was programmed with. Yes, he knew there was the letter of the Law, the spirit of the law, and all the gray in between. But even after all he’d learned, all he’d suffered, he knew sometimes there was simple black and white too. »

The only « negative » thing for me in this book is that I was not as surprised as I usually am with Kristoff. I saw the plot twists coming. While Lifel1k3 blew my mind to pieces, Dev1at3 was not as – this revelation will land you on your ass-, even if I still enjoyed all the action happening (and there is a lot!)

Politics and pollution

I thought that this book was addressing more serious issues than the first one, in terms of politics and environmental issues. We are really put facing all the wrong humankind did to the planet, in terms of pollution and war. And it’s scary. What is even scarier? That it could be true and happen to us sooner than we think. It is not a world that far from our own… and a little push could bring us there, to this barely liveable planet where oceans of plastic and cities of garbage are all that is left.
We also learn more about the Brotherhood, what they do to Dev1at3 and how they came to be. How religion can be used as a weapon, and how humans are always scared of what is different and looking for someone to blame.
And finally, we keep diving into the fight between BioMaas and Dedalus technology, these two huge corporations ruling the world.. and that I think will be important players in book 3!

In a few words

Robots, badass ladies and dark future: it is all still there for our greatest pleasure! The Lifelike series is a scifi success for me and deserve all the recognition and love! Please treat yourself and read it 😉

See you for a cup,

Elise

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