Perception (Perception Trilogy #1) [NOOK Book]

Overview

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 ...

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Perception (Perception Trilogy #1)

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Overview

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 planned three book series.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044840867
  • Publisher: Elle Strauss
  • Publication date: 8/21/2012
  • Series: Perception
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 2,451
  • File size: 492 KB

Meet the Author

Lee Strauss writes science fiction and historical YA for mature YA and adult readers. She also writes light and fun stuff under the name Elle Strauss.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted April 30, 2013

    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 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.


    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2013

    By Momma on September 6, 2013 I really enjoyed this story! This

    By Momma on September 6, 2013
    I really enjoyed this story! This is a different brand of dystopian where half the world is literally perfect and the other half is in shambles. The premise of the story is slightly contrived, but I still really liked it. Zoe was the kind of spirited character that I like to read about and of course even though it could never be I really wanted to see her and Noah hook up.

    The intrigue was very well done having so many things in the story intertwined and unfortunately it’s painful where all paths lead in finding out where the evil is rooted. I’ll not give it away, but man is it sucky for some of the characters how things pan out.

    The technology was well thought out and well portrayed. I enjoyed the gadgetry and the way that parents could put restrictions on some of it. I also enjoy books that remind us of the freedoms we give up for convenience and technology.

    Imagine living in a world where you have to watch someone die for your principles when in fact if you compromise just a little they could live? What would you do?

    This is a great young adult book safe for most all ages! Which of course Momma loves! I recommend this book to anyone who likes high tech, dystopian YA!
    What does Momma Think?

    Perception: Perception Trilogy, Book 1 by Lee Strauss 4 cookies!

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2013

    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 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*

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2013

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    Evoking a very convincing not-too-distant future, Lee Strauss¿s

    Evoking a very convincing not-too-distant future, Lee Strauss’s novel Perception is set in a globally warmed, technologically advanced world where the genetically altered “haves” lord it over the “have-nots” who serve them. The novel offers a pleasing mix of science fiction, mystery and young adult romance. Rich beautiful Zoe follows the expected path of well-laid plans for education and career until her brother Liam’s disappearance changes everything. The perfect boyfriend proves less than wonderful. Distracted parents hide themselves away in secret conversations. And the servant’s son, a mere “natural,” becomes Zoe's only ally.

    The author’s imagined technology is consistently convincing and intriguing. Questions of faith, science and the space in between are thought-provoking, and the ethical considerations of gene manipulation are very nicely presented. An underlying mystery adds depth to fast action as Zoe tries to uncover one secret only to find herself embroiled in far more than she imagined. And the result is a novel of enjoyable surprises, well-drawn characters, and well-imagined future history, with plenty of action too.

    Disclosure: I received a free ecopy when the author was a guest on my blog.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    kool

    good book <3 cant wait for next one

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    Fun read

    Good start to the series and a fun premise. Worth your time and an easy read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2014

    I really enjoyed this book!!! I really liked the characters and

    I really enjoyed this book!!! I really liked the characters and how Zoe and Noah dealt with their differences. From the first page I couldn't put it down. I was sucked into Lee's world and didn't want to leave not even after the last page. I was left wanting to know what happens next for Zoe and Noah and excited to read the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2014

    Horible

    Horible

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2014

    Good read

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  • Posted November 7, 2013

    I stumbled upon Perception by Lee Strauss through BookBub. Admit

    I stumbled upon Perception by Lee Strauss through BookBub. Admittedly this is the first self-published book I've read. I'm not opposed to self-publishing, but I think if authors want to go that route, they need to spend extra time and effort with a developmental editor and a copy editor.

    That said, I enjoyed the book. I thought the plot was interesting, it had a good arc, the characters were 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.

    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 look forward to reading the rest of the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2013

    ?

    Is this book like the uglies series?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2013

    highly recommended

    couldn't put it down till I finished it

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

    Interesting

    An interesting read in Sy_Fi of how man will want to live longer but not always better. The characters were believable and the two cities was very imaginable. I found this to be a good read.

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  • Posted September 4, 2013

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    start to a fabulous series!

    Zoe is a GAP (genetically altered person). She lives a pampered life within the guarded walls of Sol City. She wants for nothing and never gets sick. She has a great boyfriend and her brother is her best friend. Zoe has always relied on science as a way of life and life is good.

    Noah is a natural, those that are beneath GAPs and live on the outside of the guarded walls. Sometimes he has to take over for his mom and clean up after Zoe and her family. Noah has always fallen back on his faith when life hit him square on...life is anything but good.

    When Zoe's brother, Liam, goes missing Zoe feels she cannot trust anyone...anyone but Noah. As they start on the journey to search for her brother, secrets start revealing themselves. Why are there hidden files on her scan chip? Who is Zoe really? And what secrets was Liam hiding from her?

    I will admit first off I am not a huge fan of Sci-Fi books. I am ok with some movies, but I guess I don’t have the imagination to read the books. Secondly I will say that this book was pretty good. I enjoyed it and only found myself confused by Sci-Fi talk about 3% of the time. Probably the only thing that got me, besides the small amount of sci-fi jargon is that it started off a little slow for me. But the story did pick up about a fourth of the way in and it was well paced thereafter.

    I did however like the mystery that went with the story. I always enjoy trying to figure stuff out before it gets revealed. Then I can pat myself on the back if I got it right or applaud the author for sneaking one by me. And Lee does just that. Excellent writing and a suspenseful story line had me reading and reading eager to see the outcome. Very happy with part 2 of the story which was Noah’s POV. I thought it was very well done and loved how it played out. Very sweet!

    Fans of Sci-Fi will really enjoy Perception. There is a little romance but it doesn’t over take the story. It was just right! Lee now has me hooked and interested in what happens next. I am looking forward to book 2 and what happens to Noah and Zoe.

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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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    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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