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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...more
Kindle Edition, 310 pages
Published September 12th 2012 by ESB Publishing (first published August 21st 2012)
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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

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...more
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...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...more
Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book.

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 s...more
Leigh Moore
A great, fun mystery-scifi with a swoony love story mixed in. I loved this book!
Kat Heckenbach
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
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...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

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...more
Shreya (CCReviews)
*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...more
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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...more
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...more
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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...more
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
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...more
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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...more
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...more
What a story, based in an advanced technology world filled with the bestests.. and the not so bestest. Zoe is in a world that is beyond anything I've read before.. and even with the typical issues of boyfriends/family the book shocked me with the characters who worked together to get answers. Do not read much sci-fi but was very hooked with this from the beginning as its filled with mystery, secrets, surprises, and a whole bunch of omg. Great concept and can't wait to read the next book.
Feb 02, 2014 Asu rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Sci-Fi fans, Chick-Lit readers
Is the story dumb? Probably. Crazy? Um, yes? Everything conveniently falling into place? Definitely.
Did I love it? Hell yes! And here's why:

I stumbled across this book by chance. It was free on the Kindle app and the description didn't sound too bad so I started reading.

Perception is the first book of an entire trilogy around the of GAP girl Zoe Vanderveen. Her status is giving away the first clue to the sci-fi elements of the story. Far into the future science has progressed to a level where it...more
Kyra Dunst
I wanted very much to give this story a four, but it could use a good editing. Let me be very clear, though: the story was very good. The characters pulled me in, and the errors weren't so glaring that I couldn't finish the book. However, several things happened to rip me out of the story. Things like Zoe saying she would probably never see Noah again after he helped her... Noah often worked in her home, filling in for his mom, so it was likely they would at least see once in a while. There were...more
Imagine living in a utopian society. A society where everything seemed absolutely perfect. Everyone that resided there had blond hair and blue eyes. They were all "perfect", and they were all GAPs: genetically altered persons. A genetically altered person had the lifespan of at last two hundred years and had a great immune system. They never got sick. The walled cities that they lived in were immaculate and screamed of wealth. Zoe Vanderveen was a GAP living in Sol City. She was the typical GAP...more
I liked this book. I love it when people don't do what everyone expects them to do. I love that the poor kid gets the girl. I love that the dumb blonde finds her way out of the idiot-fog.
Zoe and the Edge
3.5 Stars
I’ve split my review into two sections because while the book is solid and interesting, the romance in the first half is so shit. I just had to rant.

First Half Review
This might just be the worst “opposite-side-of-the-tracks” romance I’ve ever read. I was actually a little amazed that the author brought to my attention so many awkward and unpleasant factors of this kind of romance. It’s like Ms. Strauss was trying to find fault with Noah and Zoe’s unhealthy and unrealistic relationship...more
I picked this up sight unseen as a possible quick and light read. It's a YA novel that is about a dystopian society (what a shock) and it was fairly good. This is the first in a trilogy, although when I bought it on my Kindle it came in as four books - I have seen that there is a prequel, so perhaps that's the extra volume.
The two protagonists come from different sides of the city. The GSP's are the long living humans who have been treated to drugs which enhance the duration of life (thus the l...more
Have you ever noticed that when you 1st meet someone the 1st impression you may get is that they are either pretty, ugly, or in between? Have you also noticed that those people that you actually eventually get to know can change from ugly to beautiful and vice versa, depending on whether they're a kind, compassionate person or a wretched hateful hearted person? The author seems to have noticed that, as part of this book touches on that exact thing between Zoe & Noah.

Perception was a book tha...more
I've been reading a bunch of Strauss stuff and this I liked a lot. What a great, creative premise. There are a lot of details mixed in, but they flow together very well. I didn't like Zoe much during this...she is very selfish, but she kind of grows on you. Noah I liked a lot. He was a great guy through the whole thing. The way the story unfolded and all of the crazy action...phew! It was a whirlwind. And it was very good. I have no choice but to read the next one immediately. I must know what h...more
Zoe is a GAP – a Genetically Altered Person - and she’s one of the lucky ones. Her family lives in a perfectly appointed world with servants, high technology, engineered good looks and a life of ease. Her world is contained within gates and she has nothing to do with those who live on the “outside.” The ones living outside are not all gorgeous, don’t have the best of everything and work at mundane jobs. When Zoe’s brother Liam mysteriously disappears, Zoe is on a mission to find out where he is....more
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