Another book that is a must, “The selfish Gene“, first published in 1976 and written by Richard Dawkins. It is a good perspective on the beginning of life on earth. The way to describe it as replicator machines that fight for resources is perfect.
Everyone knows the second law of thermodynamics, right? In a natural thermodynamic process, there is an increase in the sum of the entropies of the participating systems. This basically means that the state of “confusion” of a system will increase in time. It explains why your house is such a mess if you don’t do anything about it! And yet, out of this chaos, life emerged. Isn’t that amazing? Life is about information, structure, organization… Exactly the opposite of the second law of thermodynamics.
So these replicator machines were organizing materials and replicating themselves. They were saving information about their structure for the replication process. They didn’t care about the second law of thermodynamics.