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Perception (Perception Trilogy #1)

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6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

This is a great book for all you Dystopian fans! I finished this

This is a great book for all you Dystopian fans! I finished this novel in one sitting, it’s a very quick read. With that said, I still connected with each character in the story. I’m definitely team Noah….lol! The world building was excellent! It made me question how fa...
This is a great book for all you Dystopian fans! I finished this novel in one sitting, it’s a very quick read. With that said, I still connected with each character in the story. I’m definitely team Noah….lol! The world building was excellent! It made me question how far will science and technology take us before we realize we have gone to far. I can’t wait for #2 in the series!

I had one issue with this book…THE COVER! The cover does not do this book justice. The series has the potential to be a bestseller.

I requested this title via NetGalley. When I saw the cover i didn’t click right away for the synopsis. Now, I’m soooo happy I did and that I got the chance to review it. To all those who judge a book based on the cover….lesson learned.


posted by keyreads on April 30, 2013

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1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

3.5/5 stars Welcome to the new age. On the outside Zoe Vanderve

3.5/5 stars

Welcome to the new age. On the outside Zoe Vanderveen has a perfect life: perfect looks, perfect house, perfect boyfriend. She is one of the privileged- she is a GAP (genetically altered person). She lives in Sol City, which is close to Los Angeles or the o...
3.5/5 stars

Welcome to the new age. On the outside Zoe Vanderveen has a perfect life: perfect looks, perfect house, perfect boyfriend. She is one of the privileged- she is a GAP (genetically altered person). She lives in Sol City, which is close to Los Angeles or the outside as they call it, where many 'Naturals' (non-GAP's) live. However, as perfect as Zoe's life is- she is starting to see the cracks in the perfection. Her brother and her boyfriend have been working long hours at the university science lab. When she confronts her boyfriend Jackson about it, he is evasive and acts as if he's just tired. When her brother Liam goes missing that's when Zoe's world is turned upside down. Why would he leave without telling her? Why can't the authorities track his chip implant? Why is everyone acting so nonchalant about his disappearance? And why is her boyfriend acting so strangely? All of these questions leave Zoe unsettled.

I liked that Zoe was so determined to find answers and find out the truth. She could have just accepted her brother's disappearance and grieved along with her parents, but instead she took action. She knew it wasn't like her brother to just disappear- at least not without telling her. And the mysterious note that she found in his room has to have some significance. After seeing her maid's son Noah Brody on TV actively protesting GAP's and their technology along with a person named Zach Dexter, she takes a chance that this Dexter boy might be related to the note in her brother's room that simply read: DEXTER. Zoe must leave her life of comfort and safety behind and venture outside, where GAP's are not well-received. After changing her appearance, she knows she must get into Noah's inner circle if she wants answers. However, try as she may to fool Noah, she can't and he ends up discovering she's really the girl his mom works for. Having no one else to turn to, Zoe entrusts Noah to help her find out what's happened to her brother.

I liked Noah's character too. Here is this girl, who he doesn't even really like because of who she is and who she has connections to, and he is endangering his own life to help her. As the two start spending more time with one another, they end up realizing they like each other, despite the fact that a GAP with a Natural would never work or be accepted. Being raised differently, they obviously have different beliefs- Noah is anti GAP and Zoe IS a GAP! She believes in the science and the research and he believes in faith and the natural order of things- watching them have a passionate discussion over their ideals is awesome. I'm glad Strauss didn't skirt around the fact that these two have very different ideals and come from two very different worlds. It really made their relationship more realistic and more intriguing.

I think Strauss did a really good job of unraveling the main storyline quite well. I had an idea of who was involved in Liam's disappearance, but other than that, I didn't predict quite a few of the other extenuating circumstances. The pacing went well and I was a bit surprised by a POV change more than halfway through the book, but I actually ended up liking that. It was cool to get into Noah's head, especially after what happens...

This is the first book in the series and while it doesn't end on a cliffhanger, it definitely leaves me ready to read what happens next!

*Received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review*

posted by LovinLosLibros on July 9, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    Great read!

    I really enjoyed this book. Excellent story and I purchased and read the second book already!Can't wait for this fall to continue reading when the third one is released!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Futuristic and Provoking!

    This book touches on science v. religion as well as ethics of science pursuits such as genetic altering and cybernetics. Very interesting, with a love story integrated. This has action as well as light romance so it will interest both boys and girls. The first few pages are a little slow, but it picks up quickly, so just get through the first 10 or so pages and you'll be hooked!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2013

    Great Book

    Keeps u on edge the whoke time. All good except the grammar errors. But when u read volition in the begining their relationship is not so well. Anyways great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

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  • Posted March 13, 2013

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    3.5 stars Reading the first few pages of Perception, I was a l


    3.5 stars

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    M.t.

    Is this book inapropiate? Because it looks like its a great book

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