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 pretty sure I squealed in excitement when I received this ARC. The first book in this series, LIFEL1K3, was mind-blowing, full of twists, and one of my most memorable reads last year.
In the first book, Lemon Fresh stole nearly every scene she was in, so I was thrilled she’s the primary POV for DEV1AT3. Fiercely loyal, a rollicking sense of humor, and such a kind heart – anyone would be lucky to count her as a friend. With her enthralling story, I ran through nearly every emotion out there. By the end of the book, she’s still surrounded by mystery, and I’m excited to see what happens next for her.
Cricket, my favorite logika, has a chance to live what he thought was his dream. Unfortunately, be careful what you wish for. Ezekiel finds an unlikely accomplice, learns some hard truths, and fights the good fight – but there are still surprises in store for him.
The world-building, a combination of Mad Max and Pacific Rim, continues to be magnificent, and some new, highly charismatic characters are introduced. Some readers may be disappointed Eve plays more of a minor role in this novel, but Lemon’s story is too big to be a sub plot, and needs to be told. When all is said and done, I think everything will weave together in the end.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.