Thursday, 7 November 2013

Perception (The Perception Trilogy #1) by Lee Strauss (Elle Strauss)

Perception (The Perception Trilogy, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.

Perception by Lee Strauss

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

Perception (The Perception Trilogy, #1)(Source: Downloaded for free from
Zoe is a GAP – genetically altered person, and lives in a city where only GAP’s are allowed to live.
Noah is a natural, and runs protests against the GAP’s and the privileges that they have.

When Zoe’s brother goes missing, Zoe tries to track him down, and ends up finding Noah. Noah agrees to help her, and together they find out exactly what her brother had gotten himself into.
What happened to Liam? What experiments was he doing? And will Zoe ever see him again?

This was an okay sci-fi story, but it seemed to take a long while for anything interesting to happen.

Zoe and Noah were both okay characters. I appreciated how Zoe was worried about her brother, and Noah seemed to have a lot of love and time for his mother.

The storyline was okay, but the pace was a little lacking. It felt like the story didn’t really get interesting until around the 70% mark, and while we did get some good revelations, the bits in-between were just a little dull for me.
There was some romance, which was okay, but nothing amazing, and it was a bit of a Romeo and Juliet story, as Noah and Zoe weren’t allowed to be together because he was a natural and she was a GAP.
The ending was okay, but it was very obvious that this was only the first book in the series, as very little was resolved by the end.
Overall; an okay YA sci-fi, but took a long time to really get interesting.
6.5 out of 10.


  1. If you feel like the book is long then that's a bad sign. you should get lost in it.

  2. Jennifer, I so agree with your thoughts. The book sounds like a good idea, but if I keep checking my watch something is missing.