Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Blog Tour and Review: Perception by Lee Strauss

Welcome to my stop on the Perception tour by AToMR Tours!

I will be reviewing Perception and there is a giveaway.

Review for Perception

Published: September 12, 2012 by ESB Publishing
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia, YA
Format: ebook

Goodreads Summary
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.

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Explores Our Obsession With Immortality

This book delves into what we are willing to do to live forever and the thoughts on science vs. religion. It explores a lot of deep areas and really gets the brain flowing.

What Strauss has done is set up a very interesting world where GAPs like Zoey Vanderveen are genetically altered human beings paying thousands for the procedure and adding on to their life span in the process.

The Good

First, she has separated her world into two classes: the GAPs and the Normals. Basically this is upper class vs. lower class. Next, she has separated the world even further for those that Science is a religion where they believe it is the most important thing there is and others that have Faith in a higher power that they can't see. With these separations, and two people in the book embodying these aspects, I am firmly on the side of Noah...and believe me when I say that he warmed me over. Good thing he warms Zoey over as well.

Zoey begins an investigation into her missing brother and ends up needing Noah the Normal to help her out. I appreciate her fervor to find out more and to not ever give up throughout her search for answers. She has to leave her comfort zone and I respect her for having the gumption to go through with it.

I also greatly enjoyed Strauss' future view of the world. The com rings that allow them to contact each other and the pods and personal pods they ride in. I also think the chip embedded in their wrists as a form of payment and holding their files is great...as well as Noah's explanation of why he would never get one.

The book also had to switch points of view at about 75% in. This switch is fantastically done, and I was greatly impressed with being inside Noah's head. There are generally two main characters in a book, and I always want to know what each are thinking and gain a little more information about the way that they tick. The transition in this book didn't necessarily have to be done, but it did make what was going on more interesting and was a joy to read.

The Bad

I will admit to not liking Zoey Vanderveen very much at all, and can say with assurance that at the beginning of the book I would not have wanted to be her friend if we met by chance. She actually notes a few times in the first 30% of the book that she can't fathom brown-eyed brunettes being attractive. Since I happen to be a brown-eyed brunette, I know this rubbed me the wrong way. She also notes often how pretty she is and how much guys like the way that she looks. Thankfully, because of this, it makes me appreciate her learning and growing and accepting other forms of beauty throughout the book.

The Romance

Zoey has a boyfriend in the beginning of the story...a GAP like her. I never really felt a connection between the two, but I think the romance had fizzled some by the time the book started. Noah calls one of Zoey's friends 'The Cheater' too and the book makes references to the fact that Jackson wasn't faithful to her.

Now Noah and Zoey eventually grow into a nice pair. They are polar opposites in the beginning, and throughout the story Zoey opens her eyes more and learns to accept things that were not acceptable to her before. They have a nice slow burn and I really enjoyed watching the two of them grow to care for each other. I have learned from Pride and Prejudice that I greatly enjoy watching two people 'get over themselves' and just allow themselves to love.


Although the beginning was sketchy with me because I didn't like Zoey very much, the story was well-told and the world created very interesting. I love the plot of what was going on, the realness of what we would do to gain immortality, and the growth of Zoey's open-mindedness. The ending was fantastic...leaving me wanting to jump into Volition as soon as I can.

Author Lee Strauss

Lee Strauss writes historical and science fiction/romance for upper YA and adult readers. She also writes light and fun stuff under the name Elle Strauss. Lee is married with four children and divides her time between British Columbia, Canada, and Dresden, Germany.To find out more about Lee and her books check out her facebook page, and follow her on twitter. To find out about new releases sign up for her newsletter at www.ellestraussbooks.com.

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  1. Great review, I'm very intrigued about Perception now. It'll have to be added to my TBR pile :)

  2. Thank you- So glad to hear it :D I really appreciate you stopping by!

  3. Wow, what a tough subject to tackle. It does sound pretty good. Awesome review as always.

  4. Thanks so much for featuring and for your awesome review!

  5. Fantastic review, Jaclyn! I think this is a book I'll pick up for myself and my oldest daughter since we both love books like the Hunger Games and the Maze Runner series. AND I'm really intrigued by your P&P reference! ;)

  6. The concept of immortality the way it's here sounds really interesting. I always want to know what everyone thinks, I like it when we see things from different perspectives.

  7. Great review. Glad you enjoyed it!

  8. Strauss did a great job with diving deep and making you think and still keeping it a good YA read. Thank you :)

  9. My pleasure :D Thank you so much for stopping by to check it out!

  10. Thank you so much :D Wonderful! Maybe because I've been watching The Lizzie Bennett Diaries so much, but these two definitely remind me of them, but opposite. I feel like Zoey has a little Darcy in her.

  11. Me too! I really like seeing different view points of everything and new takes on a subject. Thank you so much for stopping by :D

  12. Thank you :D I really appreciate you stopping by!

  13. A very helpful review thank you. I can forgive a lot of things for a fantastic ending.

  14. Me too! Thank you so much for stopping by :D


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