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Title: Perception (The Perception Trilogy #1)
Author: Lee Strauss
Summary: 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 little and big differences can brand 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.
All of this sounds quite intriguing, but the novel itself failed to deliver what you most likely want. The characters were very plain, and I could not connect with Zoe or any of the characters. She is intolerant of people and cultures that don't fit the supposedly superior "blonde hair blue eyes" theme; at one point she mentions how surprised she is that people still find her attractive when she has brown hair and brown eyes. I'm going to be honest none of the characters really had much depth. Liam disappears, and no one grieves like one normally would, they are like robots, as they have or show no emotion, and they don't really do anything to help the situation or comfort their daughter. Zoe grieves for about 30 seconds before deciding to find out what happened to her brother. Jackson had a major hand in Liam's fate, and his revelation is a 1 minute conversation with Zoe. No shock, no raw emotion, no depression, nothing! There were a lot of chapter endings that seemed very abrupt. There was not much sense of an emotional impact or rising tension.
To conclude, the book is perfectly fine if you want something to kill time with, but if you are planning on sitting down with something to eat and spend a whole day at, Perception is just not the book.
Sci Fi, Mystery, Romance, Realistic,