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(The Perception Trilogy #2)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  809 ratings  ·  78 reviews

Zoe Vanderveen is on the run with her captor turned rescuer, Noah Brody.
They're in love.

Or at least that's what he tells her. 

Her memories have returned but her feelings are dreamlike ~ thin and fleeting. Can she really trust Noah? Should Noah trust her?

Noah Brody thought he did the right thing by running away with the beautiful and endangered Zoe Vanderveen, but now he's

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Published April 16th 2013 by ESB Publishing (first published April 10th 2013)
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Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the first book, Perception, which is still currently free! I'll keep these two reviews short and spoiler free for those that haven't had a chance to start the series. In this next installment, Zoe and Noah are on the run from her grandfather. Traveling from hotel to hotel and hiding out on a compound or in a gym. Their pictures are posted everywhere for a large reward. Noah feels obligated to keep Zoe safe but Zoe feels like a burden.

The romance in this one was more disappointi
Raina {The LUV'NV}
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

I was so excited to read this since the previous book left a cliffhanger. Volition picks up right where Perception ended, with Zoe and Noah fleeing from her grandfather. As they race across the country, trying to stay off the grid and survive, Zoe struggles of having no memory knowing—let alone loving—Noah, and he begins to wonder if his rescuing her was more like condemning her.

Though it was utterly heartbreaking, I loved how the author, Lee
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was surprised how quickly I was able to remember the whole story from Perception, the first book in the series. Normally it comes back to me in bits and pieces, but when I was only a few paragraphs in, my memory flooded with scenes from the last book. Volition picks up where Perception left off, and in places it just hints at what happened before, but didn’t do a full recap at the beginning or anything.

So Zoe and Noah have set off, and have government agents on their tail. They run into all so
Carol [Goodreads Addict]
I really enjoyed this book. It starts right up where the first book left off, with Zoe and Noah on the run. Zoe is struggling to regain her memories. Her family had been giving her drugs to erase her memories because she and Noah had gotten too close to the truth about what her powerful Grandfather has been up to and his involvement in her brother's death. She and Noah were in love and he kidnapped her to get her out of the grasp of her family and off the drugs they have been giving her in hopes ...more
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
Zoe remembers most everything her grandfather took away...except her feelings towards Noah. But that is the least of her problems. Zoe and Noah's face being plastered all over the country is front and foremost. They are on the run and the future looks bleak.

From the moment I finished PERCEPTION, I have eagerly been awaiting VOLITION. I had to know what was happening to Zoe and Noah as they tried to get away from the clutches of her grandfather and the evil he is about to throw at the country if
The stakes become higher in this second installment as Zoe and Noah are chased by her grandfather’s henchmen. The action intensifies, and Noah worries that he may have been wrong, after all, to rescue Zoe. Zoe is different; she does not remember loving Noah. Noah is committed to protecting the woman he loves even though her personality is considerably less vibrant – muted, altered. There is hope, however, as some of Zoe’s memories slowly return.

In this installment Senator Vanderveen takes off th
Victoria Brinius
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it

I have been reading a lot of different science fiction and cyborg books lately. There are so many out there. This one however stood out for me because the bad guys are in power, and the main character is running away form her "grandfather" Her grandfather runs for office. This is not good for Zoe, or the rest of society.

I also enjoyed the memory loss part of Zoe's character. It is a fatal character flaw not to know your past. It is even worse to remember it as something different then you thoug
Jonathan Beck
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, dystopian
In book two of the series, we find Noah and Zoe on the run moving from hotel to hotel and end up in St. Louis. Grandfather V is still after them and Noah trains to be a virtual fighter in order to make money.
Bonnie Clevenger
Zoe Vanderveen is on the run with Noah Brody. This is book two of the trilogy.
Noah keeps telling her they are in love, but her Grandfather V erased all memories of the two weeks in exile and she has to learn to trust and love him all over again.
They run into a commune, off the grid, and are shocked to see how these people live. Only for a night says Noah, but trouble and fighting the cyborgs with death of many on both sides ensues, but they get away again.
They meet a brother and sister team,
I read this (book 2) right after the first book, and have started book three ... I know the whole story is just going to mesh into one long memory for me. Speaking of memory, this starts up as Zoe has regained her memory and she and Noah take off for ordeals and adventures. It's an ultimate "cliffhanger" ending, not falling off a cliff per se, but close!

It's nice already knowing the characters and the setting/world, so you can immediately get into the story. Plenty of new characters introduced.
Megan Vadnais
Well...we have arrived at book two after being bored and annoyed with book one. Still bored and annoyed. I don't care that Zoe is sad that she lost her memories. I don't care that they are being chased. I don't care that Noah is on the run but Zoe doesn't like him like he likes her. Mostly I felt like this book did a big circle and got no where. I am more upset with myself for continuing on in the series because now I have to read book three just to see how they wrap it up. Or perhaps I could fi ...more
Ray Wilhelm
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Volition Review

When I started this series I thought it was going to be too sci-fi for me. Turns out that it was more mystery and drama with a little science thrown in to make things interesting. This story picks up with Noah and Zoe running for their lives across country. Their perilous trek leads them in and out of trouble. Can they stay alive while trying to rekindle their love affair. Read it and find out.
Glenda Beck
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Twists and turns bring surprises

Twists and turns bring surprises in "Violation". Unexpected and explosive facts Zoe could have never have guessed ! How or will this change her? A great story for the young and young at heart. I am reading on to find out how this will end! Thank you Lee for your books,
Laurie Hopkins
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dys

The story is interesting. The characters a tad frustrating, not sure what Noah is up to, but I imagine it's because he is hurt that Zoe doesn't remember falling for him. On the other hand Zoe is floundering. Will things change for them now....
Kaelee Trammell
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I couldn’t put it down. You’ve gotta read this book!
Fighting, corruption, romance, jealousy, hope. This book has it all!
Heather Brown
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful series!
Lonny Crawford
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Characters have a large challenge in life and it is keeping them running all over and other people helping and hurting them in many ways. Can't wait, haven't, to get into #3. ...more
Apr 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Volition continues the Perception series, which follows the intersecting paths of beautiful Zoe Vanderveen, a genetically enhanced member of a privileged and elite family, and Noah Brody a "natural", whose opportunities are severely limited by the absence of connections and relative poverty.

Book Two picks up the story as Zoe and Noah are on the run, desperate to escape the grasp of Zoe's grandfather, who has previously interrupted Noah and Zoe as they came close to finding out the details of her
Sue Tint
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, dystopian
A solid 4 stars.. Volition is the second book in a planned series of four books. Volition picks up right where Perception left off. Zoe, a Genetically Engineered Person or GAP and Noah, who is anti-GAP fell in love, against all odds, in Perception. Only, thanks to Zoe' s crazy grandfather, who erased all memory of Noah, Zoe can't remember her love for him. And it's really messing with his mind. They are on the run, and Noah is determined to protect Zoe and to get her memory of their love back.

T.H. Hernandez
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is actually my favorite book in the trilogy. It picks up where Perception left off with Noah desperate to get Zoe, the genetically enhanced girl he loves, back. He kidnaps her from the beach and helps her get her memories back that her grandfather, Senator Vanderveen, took from her.

As they run from the senator and the cyborgs he sends after them, Zoe slowly remembers that she was once in love with Noah, even if she doesn’t feel that way anymore. This is the aspect of the story that really w
Jul 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Very different from Perception. Perception felt like a crime sort of book at core while Volition felt like a depressing romance with tons of action and adventure.

The Characters- Zoe and Noah are the main characters (of course) and both of them got an equal amount of POVs this time. Zoe is an emotional mess. She doesn't know how she feels about Noah and he just keeps pushing her away. Noah is a mess as well. He can't pretend to love this girl that he barely knows. That isn't his Zoe anymore. Tay
Kirsty Bicknell
Lee Strauss establishes the pace and tone at the outset of Volition as we learn that Noah and Zoe are on the run from Grandpa Vanderveen, Agent Grant and the cyborgs. Although the reader expects the atmosphere to be tense between the couple because of their fear there is none of the signs of affection we have seen previously in Perception, even as comfort. It appears that their relationship has changed irreparably, as Zoe struggles to come to terms with her real identity and events with her fami ...more
Alicia Sandoval
Dec 19, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a good, fast enough paced read, but it kind of felt like it was a filler to mark the time until the next book. There was so much wonder, action, and awe in the 1st book, that the waiting around at various places was kind of a let down. Sure, there were some action scenes, sure there was a tiny bit of intrigue, but what the book had, it all came in small doses.

There weren't sharp revelations in this sequel to "Perceptions". There were some, but nothing mind blowing. The book was mostly a
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good continuation of the series. The first half of the book is very fast-paced action as Zoe and Noah are moving from place to place to avoid being discovered. Grandpa V seems to have a team dedicated to finding them as he is busy running for president. Noah wishes he could do more by way of his blog protest and warning the public about Grandpa V's true motives but anytime he's posted something, they've been discovered.

Noah and Zoe continue to struggle through their feelings for each other and
Tracy Decresie
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this book! Book 2 in the PERCEPTION series, this book follows Zoe and Noah on the run from her maniacal grandfather who is running for President. It's so much more than a Dystopian love story. It's a fabulous adventure of standing up for what is right and believing in who you really are. After Zoe regains her memories, she knows they are something she doesn't want to lose again and does all she can to stay one step ahead of her grandfather. You see her grow stronger, both phys ...more
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Volition is book 2 in the Perception series by Lee Strauss. Set in a futuristic world where genetic alteration is common place, Volition picks up where Perception (book 1) left off.

This roller coaster sequel is tense and exciting. Zoe's grandfather is running for president and he's not about to let Zoe get in the way. He ruthlessly pursues her and Noah across the country.
I was constantly urging them onwards and praying they could get away and stay safe!

Zoe is a completely different person than t
Sep 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Volition continues the adventures of Zoe and Noah from Perception, the first novel in the series. The two are on the run from Zoe's grandfather and his evil henchmen and/or "henchborgs."

The pacing is relatively slow, but episodes of fast-paced action are interspersed every so often as Zoe and Noah seek a place of safety.

When Zoe's grandfather becomes the president, their efforts at anonymity become more difficult. President Vanderveen introduces more and more laws that make surviving a risky e
Wow. Right from the start I loved the two main characters, Noah and Zoe, and the dynamic between the two of them. It's as captivating as it is heartbreaking because there isn't simply the usual romantic tension between the two of them; Zoe is trying to figure out how she really feels about Noah because she can't recall the feelings she had before even though her memories of him are back. That intensity right at the start of the book carries through the rest of the text, leading the reader on a t ...more
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
We last left off with Noah and Zoe heading East in their attempt to get away from her evil grandfather. Noah and Zoe fled in a two person electric car and stayed in grubby hotels. Once at the hotel, they slept spooned together in one bed. Noah dare not let Zoe go out in day time, but it turned old very fast as there was nothing to do, then the battery went out and a storm hit forcing them to change plans. Later, the storm eased up and Noah left again to return two hours later with a used laptop ...more
Angi Naerebout
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
This one was a bit rambly. With Noah and Zoe on the run, it felt a little like filler. But if you want your audience to feel as restless and jittery as the characters, then it worked perfectly. They spend this entire book on the run. Zoe is trying to figure out who she is now that her memories have been taken and then come back- issue being they feel like a dream and not her own. Noah knows this current Zoe isn't the one he fell in love with and isn't sure what to do because he doesn't want to c ...more
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