Saturday, September 15, 2012

{Review} PERCEPTION by Lee Strauss


by Lee Strauss
Publication Date: September 12, 2012
Publisher: ESB Publishing
Format: Ebook

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.
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Perception is an absolute must-read novel! Lee Strauss introduces readers to a world so close to reality, but filled with far more advance technology, that it's slightly possible to forget that it's science-fiction. The story is split in two parts wherein the first, readers are inside the mind of main character Zoe Vanderveen.

Zoe is a young genetically altered person, or GAP, with a serious prejudice and ignorance of all things 'outside'. Outside is where the 'naturals', the ones who are not GAP, reside. When her brother Liam goes missing, Zoe has to put aside her prejudice and ask a natural, Noah, for help. With this great risk, Zoe learns more about the true condition of the world outside and changes her perspective of GAPs versus naturals. Noah and Zoe's interactions are fun and enlightening. The change in their attitudes toward each other are easily seen and it adds a nice touch of romance to the suspenseful novel.

Strauss has a talent of cocooning readers inside the story and keeping them on the edge of their seats. The world she's created is unique and full of surprises. Perception is the beginning to a trilogy that will spark interest in readers of all ages. With the escalating plot of Perception, one can be quite sure that the next installment in the series, Volition, will definitely be a treat!
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