Hey, everyone! Welcome to my stop as part of the Perception Book Tour, coordinated by AToMR Tours. The Perception series is going to be a four book series. I’ve read the first book, and my review is below! And don’t miss out on the tour-wide book giveaway at the bottom, along with a $200 GC giveaway from Lee Strauss!
Perception by Lee Strauss
Publisher: ESB Publishing
Release Date: September 12, 2012
Format: eBook, 234 pages
Source: AToMR Tours
Genres: Dystopia, Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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.
PERCEPTION is a (SF/mystery/romance) Young Adult novel that takes place in the not-too-distant future in a world changed by climate extremes, natural disasters and impending wars, and where scientific breakthroughs cause class divisions—both financially and philosophically. It explores the clash between faith and science and how differences can separate us as enemies or ally us together. And in some cases, even in the midst of betrayal and personal crisis, there’s room to fall in love.
I went into reading this expecting something totally different than what I got, but in a really good way! It took me a few pages to get into, but once I got to that point, there was no turning back. It grabbed my attention and I was in for a great ride!
First of all, the world that was described seemed pretty legitimate and realistic. Sometimes dystopians can get a little far-fetched, and that’s OK, but this society was basically ours with genetically altered people living in walled cities. The technology was advanced, but not far-fetched and described well enough that I could imagine it being right here in front of me.
Besides the world that they lived in, the main characters (Zoe and Noah) were easy to like and understand. They were written in just the right way that I wanted to be friends with them. I understood what made each of them who they are, and I could follow their ways of thinking to get them into and out of situations. The first part of the book is told from Zoe’s point-of-view, and then it switches to Noah at a very important place, which irritated me a little bit at first but then made perfect sense after I read a ways.
What I loved most is the way this story made me think. About science, our society, about what technology we could have and whether I’d like that or not. I was surprised at how much I felt about it. Even though I’ve read many dystopian novels with robots, androids, and even other types of genetically altered humans, none of them have made me think as much as this one did.
The only part that I didn’t like about the whole book was the ending. It seemed forced a little bit, like there needed to be a cut-off point until the next book in the series, and it didn’t really work for me. It definitely won’t stop me from reading the next book in the series, Volition, though! I’m excited to read it and the next two books, and believe that this will be an author for me to watch in the future!
As promised, I’ve got an entry form for you to win one of 10 copies of Perception. This international giveaway is coordinated by AToMR Tours and can be found tour-wide.a Rafflecopter giveaway
Thanks for stopping by and reading what I thought of the first book in the Perception series! Don’t miss out on other reviews and excerpts of both Perception and Volition, visit other blogs on the book tour here!