Author: Lee Strauss
Release date: September 2012
Age Group: Young Adult
Event organized by: AToMR Tours
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From the author—
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
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.
Reading the first few pages of Perception, I was a little alarmed, thinking I’d somehow fallen into a surfer girl world where I didn’t want to be. Within moments, though, I was hooked and that quick grab of my attention rarely happens except when the story is really, really good. I’m happy to say it happened this time.
There are some flaws and some aspects of Ms. Strauss’s writing that I’m not crazy about; in particular, the action moves along a little too serendipitously. By that, I mean that things seem to fall into place too easily and, although there’s tension, Zoe and Noah find the answers and get themselves out of situations without much effort. Still, the author has created a story that is engaging and held my interest until the end. Even though I usually had no real concern about their wellbeing, I still wanted to know what would happen next.
Worldbuilding is a strength here. There are things the reader doesn’t know yet but the basic premise is clearly laid out and, in my opinion, is very different from so many other dystopians that revolve around an oppressive society in which the few control the lives of the many. In Perception, though, there are two distinctive societies living side by side. The GAPs are certainly highly privileged but the Naturals are not exactly downtrodden. Really, the essence here is the dichotomy that arises when appearance takes precedence over other attributes. We all know that jobs often go to the person who’s more physically appealing even if the other person is more qualified. Ms. Strauss makes the reader take that a little further and see what can happen when “perception” is all-important.
I like Zoe and Noah a lot and, although I think some of the secondary characters are thinly developed and the ending of this book is a bit too abrupt, I’m looking forward to reading Volition to see where life takes these brave and intelligent teens next.
Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, March 2013.
VOLITION is the exciting continuation of Noah and Zoe’s story from PERCEPTION.
What doesn’t kill you …
Zoe Vanderveen is on the run with
her captor turned rescuer, Noah Brody.
They’re in love.
Or at least that’s what he tells her. Her memories have returned but her
feelings are dreamlike—thin and fleeting. Her heart can’t be trusted. Just look at
what happened with Taylor Blake.
Senator Vanderveen’s new team of cyborg agents are in hot pursuit, and a reward for
their capture is broadcast nationwide. Record breaking cold and snow hinder their escape.
Someone dies helping them.
And their fight for survival has only begun.
About the author
Lee Strauss writes historical and science fiction/romance for upper YA and adult readers. She also writes light and fun stuff under the name Elle Strauss. To find out more about Lee and her books check out her facebook page. Follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/elle_strauss To find out about new releases sign up for her newsletter at www.ellestraussbooks.com
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