Review: Truel1f3 by Jay Kristoff

Posted October 11, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Audio Delight, Reviews / 14 Comments

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Truel1f3 by Jay Kristoff
Narrated by Erin Spencer

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Series: Lifel1k3 #3
Genres: YA Dystopian Romance
Published by Listening Library
Released on June 30, 2020
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

A deadly nuclear missile launch toward a city, a dastardly double-cross, and everyone in peril was right where Dev1at3 left off and set things up for the final leg of the trilogy.  I could not wait to get to the last book in this gritty, intense dystopian adventure.


Truel1f3 is the third and final book in a trilogy that is a continuing story and is not a good place to jump in.

Lemon is left back at Miss O’s while her deviate friends rush to save a town from a nuclear missile that a crazy man set in motion, Cricket has been forced to serve the religiously fanatical Brotherhood who hate and kill all deviant humans, and Ezekiel was forced to take on Preacher the mercenary as his partner when he hunts for Lemon and Cricket while trying to stop the wholesale slaughter of Evie and the other Lifelikes.  City Hive has taken Lemon and their rival corporation has their hands on a couple lifelikes.  Both are gearing for war even while the lifelikes plan to annihilate every human off the face of the battered world that is left after WWIV nuked the life out of it.  Only a rag tag group of deviants, a warbot, and a rogue lifelike stand up against it all.

In Truel1f3, all that has been building as secrets and powerful agendas are revealed are coming to a head.  The action and suspense has been tight all along, but now the trouble is on a grander scale and the fate of the world is on the line.  I loved seeing a few different characters grow and come into their own, but none more than Lemon Fresh.  She went from a scavenger in the wastes to the most pivotal person of all.  She holds true to what she believes even when giving in would be the easy path.  Ezekiel is another who faces the worst and doesn’t let it knock him out of the game.  Cricket must discover who he is and what is important, but none have to figure out this more than Eve.

The world of this series is dark and desperate.  Humanity is hanging on by their fingernails after misuse of the planet and multiple wars have left them in a played out world.  I found the various factions represented to be fascinating and well developed.  City Hive was the most extreme and curious of all.  Loved this infusion of a sci-fi element beyond what the Lifelikes and other robotics and artificial intelligence add.

The relationships and interplay between characters was central.  Whether it was friends like Lemon and her deviant friends, love interests, allies, or enemies, there was good development and pacing that allowed each to be known.  In the end, connecting and finding commonality- finding family- is what might save the day.

My only niggle was feeling that a certain character was accepted and forgiven too easily, but then again, this says more about the people doing the forgiving and it fit their characters to let it go and look to the future.

I listened to this book/series and thought Erin Spencer’s narration work was brilliant.  She had a large cast of diverse characters to give vocal identity to that weren’t even all human.  She did great on the tone of the book, descriptions, and pacing whether it was action or a time of reflection.  Her work enhanced my emotional connection with the story and I saw it all in my mind so well.

All in all, this book ended the series strongly and the action was big as were the way the lead characters stepped up.  Those who enjoy gritty, intense dystopian-set stories should definitely give this book a go and particularly in audio.

My thanks to Listening Library for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges Met

New Release #147
Audio #77

About the Book

TrueL1F3 by Jay Kristoff


Best friends have become enemies. Lovers have become strangers. And deciding whose side you’re on could be the difference between life and death. For Eve and Lemon, discovering the truth about themselves – and each other – was too much for their friendship to take. But with the country on the brink of a new world war – this time between the BioMaas swarm at CityHive and Daedalus’ army at Megopolis – loyalties will be pushed to the brink, unlikely alliances will form, and with them, betrayals. But the threat doesn’t stop there, because the lifelikes are determined to access the program that will set every robot free, a task requiring both Eve and Ana, the girl she was created to replace. In the end, violent clashes and heartbreaking choices reveal the true heroes…and they may not be who you think they are.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

This is a series that I really want to read. I might have to go with the audio since it sounds like that was really well done. Great review!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Yes, you must do the series, Carole! 🙂

Mary Kirkland
1 year ago

This sounds really good. I don’t think I’ve read a dystopian book yet but this sounds great. Thanks for the great review.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

I thought I didn’t like YA until I tried a YA dystopian for the first time and discovered that I really loved the genre. 🙂 I think you’d enjoy this series, Mary.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

Hehe..yes apparently I cannot forgive as easily!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Ha, yes, I felt like an awful person, but that seemed like a fast forgiveness. I hold grudges a bit longer for murder. 🙂

Anne - Books of My Heart

I definitely want to read this series. I thought I would start the first book with COYER but it didn’t work out for me to fit in my schedule.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

LOL, I have good-intentioned plans for COYER like that. 🙂

1 year ago

Glad to hear you enjoyed how the series ended! If I do decide to pick up the series I’ll go the audio route being you enjoyed her performance so much. 🙂

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Rachel

Yes, the narrator made these even better. I read books one and two as re-reads before this one and heard the narrator’s voice for the different characters. 🙂

1 year ago

Think I’ll go the audio route with this too. But gotta start with book 1. Thanks for review.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  vvb

I second that motion. 🙂

Carole Rae
1 year ago

Mhmmmm I hate when characters are forgiven too easily…

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Ha, yeah, that was how I was feeling. 🙂