Perception (The Perception series) by Lee Strauss

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Official Review: 1/5

Synopsis:

“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.

This is the first book in a series.”
My Review:

This book was irritating and forgettable. The heroine, Zoe Vanderveen, was shallow and naive to the point of stupidity, the parents and Zoe’s boyfriend were emotionless drones (spoiler) who didn’t seem to care that their son or friend respectively just disappeared and may be dead. Like the synopsis says, Zoe is a GAP, genetically altered person (so original!) and so is her family, boyfriend, friends, etc. And then her brother goes missing. That’s an interesting plot. The only non-realistic issue with this? No one seems to care besides Zoe. Zoe is the only one that reacts like an actual human being towards her brother vanishing. Which is fine. The issue was: Zoe is just short of a full-blown idiot and has the depth of an empty kiddy pool. Everyone is obviously keeping secrets from her, especially her boyfriend. Yet, Zoe continuously thinks something along the lines of: “If my boyfriend says he knows nothing then he doesn’t. He wouldn’t lie to me. I trust him so much.” The whole time I was screaming at her. It makes no sense to think that way when someone is blatantly lying to you. Then, when she meets Noah Brody (why do so many male characters in books have a name that ends in ‘y’?) she thinks something along the lines of: “How can someone be as gorgeous as Noah when he doesn’t even have blue eyes and blonde hair? (When she’s undercover) How can anyone find me attractive when I have brown eyes and brown hair? ” Excuse me? Have you not gone anywhere your whole life? Are you that sheltered? How insulting. And yes, this is another one of those stories where the girl is in a relationship but starts to love another man because of his looks.

Zoe is a spoiled rich girl who knows little to nothing about being undercover and is disrespectful towards people who don’t look like her or have the same cultures. If there was character development where Zoe goes from her original self to someone down to earth and actually attempts to understand the lives of other people, maybe I would have been able to bear it. But she didn’t. She stayed the same throughout the whole book and I was in pain.

I didn’t understand the romance. How could you (Noah) love someone who disregards the fact that your mother is dying and you want to be there for her because she (Zoe) needs you to help her? How can you love someone who doesn’t want to understand your culture or your situation with not being a GAP? How can you love someone so shallow? I don’t understand. Also, if my brother is missing, there is no room for romance whatsoever. Help me find my brother and after he’s home safe and sound maybe I can start thinking about romance. There was no connection between the two and it was a ridiculous romance.

While GAPs aren’t a new concept, this book could have been great if the characters weren’t lifeless and shallow. I’m thankful this book was free because I would have been disappointed if I had spent money on it.

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