Part of me wishes I could remember. The rest of me never wants to.
Published: May 29 2018
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 398 (Hardcover)
Warning. Danger. This thing wasn’t human. It might look it, sound it, feel it. It might be as beautiful as all the stars in the sky. Problem was, the smog was usually too thick to see the stars anymore. And there was something wrong here.
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.
I want to start off by saying this was one of my most anticipated releases of the Summer and was one of the books on my Summer Must-Reads post, and boy, it didn’t disappoint. I happen to find the subject of artificial intelligence very interesting, and so this book really piqued my interest from the moment I first heard the blurb. This was one big mix of bad ass, and I enjoyed this whole thrill ride from start to finish. The wait for the next book is going to be all kinds of excruciating.
This did start off a little slow for me, I’m not sure why, but after I got to part two I really started to blaze through it. It wasn’t because the start of the book was boring or anything, I think I started at a weird time and then you’re thrust into a world that is vastly different from ours and the slang and things make it hard to get sucked in until you figure a few things out. Once I did get accustomed to the ‘feel’ of the world, so to speak, it was full steam ahead from there.
There were a crazy amount of plot twists in this; imagine you read this whole book and you think you’re certain about some stuff and then all of a sudden it all gets turned upside down. Don’t let that scare you, though! It was such an absolute shock, but in such a good way! To me, nothing is better than a book that keeps well hidden secrets. One of my very favorite aspects of this book was the fact that I was kept guessing at every turn and was constantly surprised by new information.
I enjoyed all the characters in this, and if I’m being honest (which I always try to be when it comes to my reviews) I now have a total crush on a robot. Ezekiel was a dream boat, Lemon was hilarious, Eve was dynamic character and a great driving force for this book. The characters all played off one another perfectly and the over arching story unfolded in one perfectly paced journey. I only have one grievance with this book, and I can’t mention it here because spoilers, but damn you, Jay Kristoff.
Overall, this book was fantastic. It made me excited to read his other work, considering Nevernight has been on my TBR for over a year. I’m really looking forward to the next book and will be mentioning this to people asking for YA Fantasy recs.
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