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(The Perception Trilogy #0.5)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  419 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Eighteen year old Noah Brody doesn’t like GAPs—Genetically Altered Persons. He’s taken up his dead father’s cause, speaking out and protesting against unfair GAP policies that are responsible for the massive social divide between wealthy GAPs and poorer naturals.

If only he could keep his mind off of perfect Zoe Vanderveen, daughter of the GAP family his mother works for.

Kindle Edition, 23 pages
Published November 16th 2012 by ESB Publishing (first published November 12th 2012)
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S. Daisy
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a short story prequel for the Perception Trilogy by the same author. It is a YA dystopian story taking place outside Los Angeles, California around the year 2040. Basically, it tells the same story that the first chapter or two of the first book in the trilogy does, but it is from a different perspective; that of Noah Brody. Feel free to look up my review of that other book, Perception, to read more about it.
There is not much plot to this story... basically, it just paves the way for the
Lelia Taylor
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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About a year and a half ago, I read and reviewed a book called Perception, first in a trilogy. It was a young adult dystopian but not at all typical of the subgenre. Usually, these stories revolve around a repressive society and an underlying resistance from the people being downtrodden. In this case, though, the tale centers on class division brought about be genetic alteration that gives a small portion of the populace distinct advantages in appearance, wealth, lifespan, etc. The two primary c ...more
Sarah Elizabeth
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This was an okay short story, about a boy called Noah as he organises a protect about the rights Genetically Altered People have in the dystopian society where he lives. Will be interesting to see where the story goes from here.
6 out of 10.
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Oh, I want more from Noah :)
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Title: Ambition
Series: The Perception Trilogy, #.5
By: Lee Strauss
Author’s Website:
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Eighteen year old Noah Brody doesn’t like GAPs—Genetically Altered Persons. He’s taken up his dead father’s cause, speaking out and protesting against unfair GAP policies that are responsible for the massive social divide between wealthy GAPs and poorer naturals.

If only he could keep
old account (rl)
Jun 20, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 stars.

I didn't hate it and I didn't love it either. Noah was strong and resilient. I loved his attitude and his passion for promoting equality for his family and his people. The writing and plotline were satisfactory for both a novella and a freebie download. It certainly does it jobs of making you want to read the rest of the series.

Overall? This book was a light and easy read. It certainly had me smiling! I recommend it for dystopian fans who are looking for a ten-minute read to have with
Bonnie Clevenger
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a prequill to the Perception Trilogy.
This is Noah Body's take on the day before Zoe Vanderveen seeks his help.
It was a televised protest that got Zoe's attention of Noah.
She knew him as the sometime hired help, son of their maid.
After the death of her brother Liam, she discovered a one word note "Dexter".
A Dexter was being interviewed at the protest.
The next day she left Sol City, in disguise, to find answers.
Liz Etnyre
'A prequel novella', short story really (~37 pgs). Not really a prequel, but the first chapter or so of Perception from Noah's viewpoint. It was OK - but it would not have made me want to read Perception had I read the novella first - and didn't add much, if anything, to the larger story having read it afterwards. Just OK. ...more
Story from another perspective

It is always interesting to see the story from another perspective.

I like Noah's character so I liked hearing his perspective. You definitely need to read this short story after Perception though or it won't make much sense.
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ambition is a short introduction to what I'm hopeful will be a good series.
I'm quite excited to find out what happens with Noah and Zoe and how the story develops, beginning with Perception, book 1 of The Perception Series.
Mar 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-challenges
This is a very short prequel. It sets the world up and did peak my interest in the series.
Laurie Hopkins
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dys

So far it seems like a good introduced to the series, we will see how I like the characters and how it develops.
Graham Billingsley
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Just a retro chapter back to the early part of the story explaining the view from Brody's perspective. Good stuff. ...more
Sandra "Jeanz"
Jun 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
After having read Bk#1 in the Perception Series, and finding out about this prequel novella I found myself wanting to read more about Noah and his life prior to him getting involved with Zoe Vanderveen and her plans to find out exactly why and how her brother Liam has disappeared.

So this one is a FREE prequel. The cover fits well with the others in the Perception Series. We learn about Noah's family, his mum who is ill and finding it difficult to keep up to the needs of
I read this prequel before deciding whether or not to read the first book in the series and in hindsight this might have been a mistake. This is a retelling of what happens in the start of the book Perception but told from Noah's point of view so I think this will appeal more to those who have read the book already as a bonus story. If like me you read it to try and decide if you want to read the book, it might not make your mind up for you.

We discover that Noah's father was an activist against
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
Just going to give a real quick take on the story, which is approximately 20 pages long. What did I think? Well I loved it of course. The short story is Noah's POV on the beginning of PERCEPTION, book one. And I must say…I love me some Noah. So hearing from him and what was running through his head when he hears Zoe’s mother degrade him and his family in front of Zoe. AH! My heart went out to him and I wanted to hug him.

Noah has big shoes to fill now that he has taken over the cause that was lef
Sep 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Nice little short story. Read it in fifteen minutes. As a prequel to “Perception” it definitely got me curious to read this series. There are slight issues with the grammar, but nothing serious. I think the author tried to sketch Noah as broody, but she didn’t quite nail it. I perceived him as resentful and surly. I’m sure that is what he’s feeling toward the GAPs, but it didn’t endear him to me. This novella includes the first chapter of “Perception”, and after reading it, I already like Zoe a ...more
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is an exciting quick peek at a series with a very interesting concept: The development of genetic alteration resulted in a divided society-- G.A.P.s or Genetically Altered Persons live in a utopian city, and those who remain Naturals live outside the Sol City gates to cope with poverty. The GAPS genetic advantage over everything slowly arouses bitterness and resentment from the Naturals, who feels the oppressive treatment of GAPS and their policies. This book also gives an introduction to N ...more
This is a short story that was only 23 pages. It's .5 in the Perception Trilogy, but it's meant to be read between books one and two. We get a quick look at the first couple chapters of the book, but from Noah, the non-genetically altered person,'s point of view. The story is free, so if you're reading this series, definitely take the ten or fifteen minutes to read it. I think it would also work as a standalone to whet your appetite if you've never read the series. I'm loving that ebook technolo ...more
Bonnie Dale Keck
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: strauss
Permafree? Rest seem to be on Kindle Unlimited, PREQUEL to 3 set consists of Perception, Volition, Contrition Books can be gotten separately as well of course. Dystopian/futuristic/scifi/romance, bit too much romance for me and at times the female parts seemed stereotypical but since that is a personal boggle no reason to take stars.

Also author of Nursery Rhyme suspense stories including the short story I Spy with my Little Eye, as well as Clockwise books. Not only are the books available indiv
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a short prequel to Lee Strauss's Perception series about a future time where society is separated by the healthy, genetically enhanced people and the regular people who have now become the poor class. The genetically enhanced people don't even give the other people credit for having any intelligence and just see them as servants. I'm anxious to move on to Perception, the first book in the series, to see what happens when the lower class starts fighting back for their original rights. ...more
Kyra Dunst
Jan 31, 2014 rated it liked it
I really wanted to give this short prequel a four, but the formatting and editing issues kept breaking me out of the story. I have read the first book, too, and the story is definitely worth reading. The characters are passionate and very well written, and having this peek into Noah's life prior to Zoe gives depth to his character later. This series is worth reading for he story alone, it could just use a good editor. I will be keeping an eye out for more from this author. ...more
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 of 5
I like Noah's pov but it was just too short. I would have liked to know a little more from his point of view especially the next day namely how did he know and feel and what was going through his head when "a brunette with brown eyed stranger" came up?! I really wanted to know! But oh well. Hopefully more of the books will have some more of his point of view... On to finishing Perception.
Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, dysopian
This is a short novella which looks at the events leading up to Lee Strauss's book Perception. It centers around Noah, his homelife, his convictions and his interaction with Zoe Vanderveen before the death of her brother weaves their lives together and takes them on a dangerous mission; to find Liam's killer. It is short but interesting as it lays the groundwork for the novel. ...more
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a novella and I loved seeing the beginning from Noah's point of view. I live getting to know his family better and seeing how his life was before he met Zoe. My only complaint was that is was too short. I would have loved to see their first kiss through his eyes and their time in the clock tower. Noah is such a sweety.
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it

After reading Perception I was very interested to read this short story. It is listed as a prequel, but I don't think that it should be read before Perception.

Ambition is from Noah's POV. It lets us see some stuff at the beginning of Perception that we didn't get to see. And it lets us see some stuff that we did see in Perception but from Noah's POV. Cute story.
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Interesting concept, and a good introduction to the series. However, I didn't really see a point to this, considering not much happened at all. I'm still undecided as to whether I'll read Perception. Ambition wasn't all too interesting, and there's only twenty or so pages. I'm not all that into Noah and Zoe's story; neither Noah nor Zoe are developed that well. ...more
Big Book Theory
May 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
The 2 star rating reflects Goodreads rating of: It's Okay because I did like the story idea very much, but I did not like Noah all that much. For me, he seemed a little whiny. Maybe if you are the son of a cleaner, I suppose you could justify feeling sorry for yourself (which I doubt). The story was entertaining though, but not enough to make me want to read the series. ...more
Jun 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks, 2015
I only gave this three stars because it was just too short to really get into the story. For a precursor short story, it gave me some questions towards the series and did not turn me off from it, but I'm not moving it to the top of my to read either. I believe I have book one and I'm definitely going to read it. ...more
Sharon Phelps
A quick peek at Noah before reading Perception but as usual I messed up and read Perception 1st. But, still found this prequel helpful. IN perception, we see Noah as a boy who mostly has it all together. Here we see his inner struggles and that he is just as lost in his world as Zoe is in hers. In rounds out his character for me and I am glad I found it.
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