Author: Jay Kristoff
Publication Date: June 29, 2019
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction/Dystopia
Publisher: Knopf Book for Young Readers
SYNOPSIS: 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 falling in with a group of fellow deviates—a band of teenagers with astonishing abilities, led by an enigmatic figure known as the Major, who may hold the secrets to Lemon’s past. Meanwhile, Cricket finds himself in possession of the puritanical Brotherhood, a religious cult set for a head-on collision with the Major and his band. Searching for Lemon, Ezekiel finds a strange ally in an old enemy, and uncovers a plot that may see him reunited with his beloved Ana. And inside Babel, a remade Eve hatches a plan to bring an end to the world.
I’m not going to lie, I had no idea what DEV1AT3 was about. It took me almost a quarter of the book to even realize this one followed Lemon Fresh instead of Eve. I tend to not read the synopsis for a book, which can sometimes turn into an issue BUT I read LIFEL1K3 when it came out so I knew what this one was about, I was just surprised we switch over to Lemon Fresh. I finished this almost 4 days ago and I still don’t really know how I feel about it. Maybe because I’m still reeling from the masterpiece that is Darkdawn, also by Kristoff.
LIFEL1K3 and DEV1AT3 are both very character driven books. So if you love books driven by cranky but lovable robots and strong determined women then I suggest reading this book. The plot is also a big draw in though, DEV1AT3 is most comparable to Mad Max or X-Men. This story takes place in what is essentially a post apocalyptic world full of robots and humans that have special abilities.
I did really enjoy the turn this story took by focusing more on Lemon Fresh and less on Eve. It was nice to follow Lemon for a while and get inside her head for a little bit. I’ve come to realize how strong and independent she truly is. I also really liked this book because we got chapters from Cricket and Ezekial which gave me a better appreciation for them. Kristoff has a way of creating these incredible characters we can’t help but fall in love with.
Just like my review of Darkdawn yesterday I don’t want to give too much away about the plot of DEV1AT3 though since this is the second book in a series. A lot of things happened in the first book that I don’t want to spoil, so go read LIFEL1K3! I think I’ve pinpointed one of the reasons I gave LIFEL1K3 5 stars but DEV1AT3 only 4 stars is because LIFEL1K3 had a little something extra going for it. Everything was new and fresh and there were quite a few astronomical reveals that DEV1AT3 just didn’t have for me.