Saturday, June 22, 2013

Review: Perception by Elle Strauss

Release Date: September 12, 2012
Publisher: ESB Publishing
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Goodreads | Website | Twitter
Eternal Life is To Die For.

Seventeen year old Zoe Vanderveen is a GAP—a genetically altered person. She lives in the security of a walled city on prime water-front property along-side other equally beautiful people with extended life spans.
Her brother Liam is missing.
Noah Brody is a natural who lives on the outside. He leads protests against the GAPs and detests the widening chasm they’ve created between those who have and those who don’t. He doesn’t like girls like Zoe and he has good reason not to like her specifically.
Zoe’s carefree life takes a traumatic turn. She’s in trouble and it turns out that Noah, the last guy on earth she should trust, is the only one who can help her.

The basis of this world is that we have learned how to genetically alter ourselves. So now everyone has the potential to be totally hot and live for a couple hundred years, as long as they can afford it. 

I would say this was a middle-of-the-road kind of book for me. It was entertaining enough while I was reading it, but I'm not sure I'll continue with the series. I can't really pinpoint why, other than the concept just didn't intrigue me enough....or something.
God. I'm a terrible reviewer!
Oh well, you get what you pay for, people.

Zoe is a typical spoiled little rich girl. She's not evil, just unaware that other people live in her world, so to speak. Her parents are distant, but she has a close relationship with her brother, Liam. Or she thinks they're close, anyway. One day Liam just disappears, and it seems to Zoe that no one is looking very hard to find him. Distraught, she takes it upon herself to discover just what happened to her brother. She manages to find out that he was working on a secret project with her boyfriend and one other researcher outside the city. Unfortunately, she needs help in order to maneuver safely outside the protected inner city that she and the other GAPs grew up in. She needs a natural to help her, but the only natural she knows is her housekeeper's son, Noah. Not only does he dislike her snooty family, but apparently he's a leader in the anti-GAP movement. The only thing she's got going in her favor is that he needs money to help his family pay bills....and that's one thing she's got plenty of.

What starts out as a business transaction slowly turns into friendship, and then into something more. As they spend time together trying to uncover the truth, it becomes hard to control the way they feel about each other. The sparks begin to fly, and finally they give in and admit their feelings.
*sigh* Nothing quite compares to Forbidden Love. 
Conspiracy theories, death threats, and shocking revelations be damned! Together they decide that nothing is going to come between them. 

And then something super-duper shocking comes between them!
But I'm not going to tell you what it is.
Or whether or not they end up together.
*shrugs* Hey, I told you I was a crappy reviewer when I started writing this thing.

After thinking about it, I'd say this was a decent book. Not awesome, but certainly not boring. I would definitely read something else by this author again.


Anne Pel said...

The book looks promising and I loveeee dystopian stories! So thanks for the great review (YES your review is actually quite good) ;), this book's gonna be on my to-read list!


I think you'll like it!

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