Perception by Lee Strauss

Perception by Lee Strauss

4 out of 5 stars

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.

My Review
I enjoyed the book. The plot was interesting, it had a good arc, the characters are well developed and I like where the story went. Perception is set in the not-too-distant future when genetically altered persons (GAPs) have a social and economic advantage over naturals.

Zoe and her older brother, Liam are GAPs. When Liam goes missing, she is hellbent on finding him, even if it means working with Noah, not just a natural, but the hired help, and with a chip bigger than the state of California on his shoulder against GAPs. Against all odds, Zoe finds herself falling for Noah as their lives take dangerous twists and turns.

The plot was interesting and some unique twists as far as dystopian/future books go. Not much was predictable except maybe the romantic angle, but it wasn’t a problem for me. I liked the setup and the world building is well developed.

Zoe is difficult to like at first. She’s self-centered and narcissistic, but that makes watching her evolve that much more fun. Noah is prejudiced but with good reason. But he also gets his own character arc. In fact the story is told from both points of view. Zoe’s is probably the first two thirds of the book and Noah’s is the last third.  The author does a good job of distinguishing between the two voices.

Bottom Line
Perception is the first book in a trilogy, and while I really liked the story, I think there are some issues with the pacing and there were more typos than I would like to see. I realize that many typos make it into traditionally published books, as well, but I almost think that self-published authors need to be even more diligent for that reason.

Those issues didn’t stop me from enjoying the book and giving it four out of five stars. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good teen adventure story with a romantic subplot. It won’t disappoint. And I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

Title: Perception
Author: Lee Strauss
Publisher: ESB Publishing
Pages: 310
Category: Teen and Young Adult, Dystopian
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
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