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Genres: YA Dystopian Romance
Published by Listening Library
Released on June 30, 2020
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.
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About the Book
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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