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Perception (The Perception Trilogy #1)

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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 wideni
Kindle Edition, 310 pages
Published September 12th 2012 by ESB Publishing (first published August 21st 2012)
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Free today on Amazon! 3/30/15

The basis of this world is that we have learned how to genetically alter ourselves. So now everyone has the potential to be totally hot and live for a couple hundred years, as long as they can afford it.

I would say this was a middle-of-the-road kind of book for me. It was entertaining enough while I was reading it, but I'm not sure I'll continue with the series. I can't really pinpoint why, other than the concept just didn't intrigue me enough....or something.
God. I
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
This book lingered 1/2 read for too long on my kindle, so I sucked it up and finished it.

Perception is a forgettable young adult sci-fi book about genetically enhanced people and their relations with non-genetically enhanced people. There is a murder mystery thrown in to mix it up a bit. The main character is a vapid girl named Zoe, who goes "undercover" in the world outside her genetically enhanced community to find out who murdered her brother.

I had a number of issues with this book. First of
Dec 26, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing

I love futuristic science fiction especially gadety things like what the Jetsons have lol so this book was so perfect for me! I loved the world building. Zoe had a ComRing which was like the most awesome phone ever. I want one. Plus some pretty awesome appliances. Zoe is a genetically altered person. Her life span is doubled since she received the GAP treatment. But like with any scientific advancements there are people that don't believe in the treat
Mar 01, 2013 Suzanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopian
A book with a blue cover for my January challenge. That's what I was looking for when I discovered Perception on my kindle, and that's about how much I knew about it too, that it had a blue cover. But I thought I'd give it a go anyway, and I'm just so glad that I did, that I found this gem hidden away on my kindle, maybe never to be discovered. I've so many books on my kindle I know I'll never get to read them all. That's the reason why I'm participating in these challenges, to try get through s ...more
Hmm. While reading this book, especially at the beginning, I felt like I was reading a Coles Notes version of the book. Sentences were short, and a lot of information was given without very much style. It was like reading a summary of a movie.

Anyways, I couldn't connect with the main character, Zoe, at all. She is naive and entitled. She complains multiple times about the unappetising smells she has to deal with from the food court that serves "food from all ethnicities". She constantly emphasi
Emmeline (The Book Herald)
WOH! This is a Kindle freebie? For this kind of story, I would pay!!

Okay so there's Loads of intrigue in this story!

We are in the future.

Scientists have found a way to make the ultimate GAP- Genetically Altered People.
They live until 200 years. They are in every way the Aryan Race- Blonde, Blue Eyed and beautiful.

The Normals are not accepted.

They are labourers or considered of lesser class.

One of the Normals believes in starting a revolution against the injustices of the GAP- Noah Brody.

A gi
I hate giving books one-star ratings - there is usually a lot of work that goes into writing a novel, and I try to respect that by trying to look for something I liked or at least appreciated in what I'm reading. Unfortunately, I didn't find that something in this book.

The premise seemed right up my alley. Zoe Vanderveen is a genetically altered person (a GAP - cheesy name, but I can overlook that) whose brother goes missing. After a rather sinister turn of events, Zoe is no longer sure who to t
Montzalee Wittmann
Oct 21, 2016 Montzalee Wittmann rated it really liked it
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!
Leigh Moore
Aug 17, 2012 Leigh Moore rated it it was amazing
A great, fun mystery-scifi with a swoony love story mixed in. I loved this book!
Kat Heckenbach
Jun 25, 2013 Kat Heckenbach rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-finish
No, I didn't read the whole book. Not even half. I was unable to connect to the main character, at all. Shallow and spoiled--and maybe the author needs her that way to show her personal growth, but there needs to be something deep down that makes me care. When her brother is discovered to be missing, no one reacts realistically, and all she cares about is solving the mystery, not worrying, not feeling. She was more concerned with how her boyfriend was acting than the fact that her brother was mi ...more
Sometimes life is just a matter of Perception, as Lee Strauss tells us in the first book of the Perception series. If your perception of life is like Zoe Vanderveen’s, you live life being part of a genetically altered society, safe within the cocoon of Sol City’s walls. Everything is perfect, life is long, healthy, and exactly what some hidden powers want you to think it is. Outside these walls is the real world, where humans are just that, humans, trying to survive, flawed and dealing with the ...more
Apr 23, 2014 Jenna rated it it was amazing
I thought that the book was exceptionally well-written in the prospect of portraying a possible futuristic world where there is a definitive class system based even more on money and looks than what our class system could be considered today. I think it portrays a possible fate for the world if the importance of money and looks is stressed even more today, especially with our continually advances in science relating to improving the human body’s looks and overall functions. Throughout the book ...more
Nov 16, 2014 Linda rated it it was amazing
Zoe Vanderveen and her brother often surfed in the blue waters of the Pacific Liam had taught her and never let her give up when she failed. Her mom and dad gave her permission to throw her brother a twenty first birthday party and he promised to be home early from his lab, but he never came home. In Sol City, California, everyone had blond hair, blue eyes, and the best of everything as Gaps that live a very long time, years longer than the Naturals on the Otherside, Zoe had never thought about ...more
Aug 01, 2014 Heidi rated it did not like it
Free on my kindle app and a quick read so I can't really complain about the moments of my life wasted away...

The story started slowly with lots of boring descriptions of the futuristic setting. When Liam goes missing, people hardly noticed. When they find out he's died, no one reacts. Zoe is completely shallow. And then the pace picks up. Stuff happens. Seems like maybe there might be a chance and then the entire narrative changes. More unrealistic reactions to unrealistic stuff. Then it ended s
Mar 14, 2016 Srujan rated it it was ok
I had no expectations from this book to be honest. It was an impulse buy from my email alert from BookBub. It was more like picking up a magazine full of scoops and gossips off the rack, totally knowing it is not your type. I did not want to commit to a serious book before an upcoming trip, so I have picked up a couple of books like these for this week. Simple, straight forward Distopian/Young Adult/Fiction. I would have rated it 2.5 instead of 2 if Goodreads allowed that. The writing is pretty ...more

In Part One, Perception was cruising for a 3.5 star rating, being an entertaining if not especially unique YA dystopian novel. But in Part Two the point of view shifts to Noah and he absolutely blows the competition out of the water. We see him face some very difficult decisions, following Zoe's (view spoiler). The choices he makes are bold and brave and a little bit reckless. Zoe and he face danger (view spoiler)
Sep 28, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-ebooks

The book is a YA dystopia. But it is also part mystery and part romance. A very interesting and different combination!

There are two narrators in Perception. The first part of this book is narrated by Zoe Vanderveen (age 17), who is a GAP (genetically altered person). The second part of the book is narrated by Noah (similar age) who is a Natural (not a GAP).

I enjoyed this book. I am a big fan of dystopia and really liked seeing the world the author created. There were so many interesting and coo
Sep 12, 2012 Shreya rated it liked it
*A copy was provided for review from author*

Perception by Lee Strauss is a dystopian novel that takes genetic engineering to a whole new level. There are the GAP’s, who have been genetically altered to have a life-span of at least 300 years, and there are the ‘outsiders’, who have not been immunized to every disease out there, do not have a pro-longed life, and most certainly do not have everything available to them at the flick of a finger. And in the center of all this, lies one girl who risks
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Zoe is a GAP – genetically altered person, and lives in a city where only GAP’s are allowed to live.
Noah is a natural, and runs protests against the GAP’s and the privileges that they have.

When Zoe’s brother goes missing, Zoe tries to track him down, and ends up finding Noah. Noah agrees to help her, and together they find out exactly what her brother had gotten himself into.
What happened to Liam? What experiments was he doing? And will Zoe ever se
Sep 19, 2013 Kara rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a GREAT book! I found out about this book from another blog (thanks Books4Tomorrow!) and it immediately got my attention. I had only planned on reading until I reached 50% of the ebook, but I COULDN’T. PUT. IT. AWAY! I pulled an all nighter and read it in one sitting, I just had to know what happened with Zoe.

At first I thought her parents were oblivious about the situation and that bothers me in YA books, but then they became much more protective about Zoe’s whereabouts and that impr
May 30, 2013 Monique rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars, netgalley
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My Review

Zoe Vanderveen is close with her brother Liam, when he goes missing it seems like little is being done about it by the authorities. So she takes his case into her own hands.As a genetically altered person or GAP she has always led a sheltered and safe life inside her walled city with the others of her own kind. But to find the truth about her brother she will need to go outside and seek the help of a natural.

Noah Brody is
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 wond ...more
M. Kay
Sep 11, 2012 M. Kay rated it really liked it
Perception has a nice blend of science fiction, romance, with a bit mystery and suspense. What I found interesting is how the author created two different characters with two drastically different backgrounds and beliefs and caused a situation where they would have to interact with one another. Zoe was a person who believed in science, yet Noah believed in God. However, there wasn't the level of conflict between them that the summary preludes to, but that didn't diminish my reading experience. T ...more
Perception certainly had an interesting (but somewhat cliched) premise that I think was well supported by the world building and plotline. This made for a reasonably enjoyable read, but I think there were a few fundamental flaws which probably reduced my overall enjoyment.

In general, the writing seemed a bit clumsy- the sentences weren't grammatically incorrect, and there weren't any horrible spelling errors/typos and such (that I noticed), but there was just something about it that seemed a bit
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Jul 18, 2013 BDSM newbie rated it really liked it
I was given this book for an honest review.

To me this book is 4 stars. The characters were loveable and the story line was easy to follow. You had the right amount of love and angst to keep the reader interested. Zoe was a GAP and Noah was a normal. They came from different worlds yet they were just separated by a wall. GAPS had everything and lived longer with all the benifits while the normals were poorer and still got sick. Noah helps Zoe when her brother is killed and she feels too many peop
Apr 17, 2015 Kristi rated it really liked it
A quick read with a triangle (yes, another triangle) that takes another look at technology vs. faith. It's not as bad as it sounds. I enjoyed it so much that i immediately bought the sequel. I loved Zoe's point of view, Noah's not quite as much. Great imagery and pacing, a slightly flat ending.
Oct 08, 2013 Abbie rated it it was ok
I found "Perception" to be quiet boring, until about 70%.
There was a couple of things that were interesting before that point, but they took way too long to show up.

Some of the inventions were pretty cool. What girl wouldn't want a phone as a ring? It's so much hassle to search through your bag every time it goes off!

I didn't feel much towards Zoe or Noah. They didn't annoy me that much, but i didn't really like them, either.

It did get interesting near the end, but i don't think i'll be reading
Valië Débora
Mar 23, 2016 Valië Débora rated it it was ok
It was OK... I didn't absolutely hate it, and I think it could've been way better without all the teen romance drama, but it wasn't the worst thing I've ever read.

I felt the characters lacked true feelings and some things were just there to further the plot. I don't like how it made it seem like being genetically altered made you into a brainwashed zombie. The fact that Zoe doesn't like the investigator (view spoiler) just out of him questioning
Trisha Nagpal
The only reason I downloaded this book was because it was free at the time time I saw it and I can now ,clearly see why. Don't get me wrong- I'm not one of those- 'good things aren't free' biased people, but, you figure if the author is alive and kicking and her book is free on the kindle store, there must be something irrevocably wrong with the book or it just lacked publicity. I was under the assumption of the latter before I downloaded it, but toward the end I realized the book was so terribl ...more
Riley Lerew
Mar 30, 2015 Riley Lerew rated it really liked it
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Lee Strauss is the international bestselling author of A Nursery Rhyme Suspense Series (Mystery/Thriller), The Perception Series (young adult dystopian), and young adult historical fiction with over 775,000 books read.

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