by Lee Strauss


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781927547403
Publisher: Esb Publishing
Publication date: 03/29/2015
Series: Perception Trilogy , #1
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Lee Strauss writes romantic mixed genres set in the past, present and future for YA and adult readers. She also writes light and fun stuff as Elle Strauss. She divides her time between BC, Canada and Dresden, Germany, and enjoys drinking coffee and eating chocolate in both places.

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Perception 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
keyreads More than 1 year ago
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.
MommaSaysRead More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too bad. This seems like a well written book with decent characters (the female teenagers are most real in that they are shallow and rather dumb). However, when Noah tells Zoe that science does not have all the answers but if you have "faith" everything gets better, I have to drop the book from my reading list as such nosense is impossible to take if you have a brain and an education. A book best for tea party children (and their parents)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read #1 & #2 & would be reading #3 if I didn't feel it was soooo important to say thanks to the author & recommend. I am in my 50's & still think them a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Doesn't have anything to grab you right off the bat, but once you get to the storyline, it will have you hooked.
THHernandez More than 1 year ago
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.
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
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*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good start to the series and a fun premise. Worth your time and an easy read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought the story line was intriguing and the characters were engaging.
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Genetics are here.... This adventure considers pros, cons and profits Bingaux
mandamorgan More than 1 year ago
Very interesting storyline. Brings up all sorts of thoughts about what is right and moral. I enjoyed the relationship between Zoe and Noah. A good read.
MontzieW More than 1 year ago
Perception (The Perception Trilogy #1) by Lee Strauss is an intriguing teen/young adult sci-fi novel that is fast paced and action packed. It has a mysteries, murders, touch of romance, great sci-fi and so much more. I really liked this one. Great job! A genetically enhanced girl needs help from non-enhanced boy to help find her brother. What they find I would never have guessed! Wow, lots of surprises in this book! Great job!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Devil is in the details as they say. In this case, TOO much detail for me. Too much detail, too little action. I got bored and gave up. But the writing was very good, it just needed to be sped up, for me anyway, so I could see others liking it, assuming it got to where it was going. DMB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and edited Another take on a Zardoz style split society. I will collect the other two books in this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Characters are likeable. Story is intriguing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting story! we enjoyed!
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abetdes More than 1 year ago
want to read next book in serial
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had never heard of the author but i am glad i happened upon this book. I read it in one evening. The characters are so genuine & their struggles real (for science fiction). I plan on reading everything he has written.
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The book was great! There a few ideas that were used from the book called Cinder. Cinder was published on jan. 3 2012 and this book was published on august 21, 2012. The characters are likeable. Get the book becuase it is really good.
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