Lee Strauss writes science fiction and historical YA for mature YA and adult readers. She also writes light and fun stuff under the name Elle Strauss.
on Sep. 21, 2012 :
Zoe is Genetically Altered Person who lives in the safety and comfort of Sol City; the inside. She has a very close relationship with her brother Liam. When her brother went missing, Zoe was devastated and determined to find out the mystery behind it. Along the way, she got involved with a natural, Noah Brody; the boy from outside. Noah is an aggressive and a steadfast guy. He is all against GAP.
I’m not so much a fan of sci-fi to begin with. I hadn't heard much about it but what drew me to the book was the advanced technology and cool gadgets featured in the story. Perception hooked me from the very first page.
Set in a future world, Perception tackles on the intervention of science and technology in human life. The world is so interesting and well-portrayed. Most people have a chip implanted in their hand. All the information about a person was added to the chip. It can even be used as a credit card which is super awesome! The science elements is not so complicated and easily digested. I liked that the book had a good portion of science, mystery and romance mixed together. It made the story a lot more fun to read. The story flowed well at a pretty good pace. The story was told in two parts; each from Zoe’s and Noah’s perspective. There were some parts where I found the description was a bit repetitive especially when Zoe had to commute between Sol City and the outside. There are also unexpected twist and things revealed throughout the book. The romance was done really well and I really appreciated when the author gave us enough build-up to Noah and Zoe’s relationship. Noah is such a charming and protective guy that would do anything for Zoe.
All and all, this is a great starts to the series. The ending definitely left for a continuation for the next sequel; Volition. Thanks to the author for giving me the chance to do a review. I definitely anticipate the sequel.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
Lovey Dovey Books
on Sep. 15, 2012 :
Perception is an absolute must-read novel! Lee Strauss introduces readers to a world so close to reality, but filled with far more advance technology, that it's slightly possible to forget that it's science-fiction. The story is split in two parts wherein the first, readers are inside the mind of main character Zoe Vanderveen.
Zoe is a young genetically altered person, or GAP, with a serious prejudice and ignorance of all things 'outside'. Outside is where the 'naturals', the ones who are not GAP, reside. When her brother Liam goes missing, Zoe has to put aside her prejudice and ask a natural, Noah, for help. With this great risk, Zoe learns more about the true condition of the world outside and changes her perspective of GAPs versus naturals. Noah and Zoe's interactions are fun and enlightening. The change in their attitudes toward each other are easily seen and it adds a nice touch of romance to the suspenseful novel.
Strauss has a talent of cocooning readers inside the story and keeping them on the edge of their seats. The world she's created is unique and full of surprises. Perception is the beginning to a trilogy that will spark interest in readers of all ages. With the escalating plot of Perception, one can be quite sure that the next installment in the series, Volition, will definitely be a treat!
*eARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
Originally posted on Lovey Dovey Books
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Sep. 13, 2012 :
This is a wonderfully creative story. Well planned and well paced. I enjoyed the characters immensely. What I fell in love with though was the idea behind the story. The idea of people's perceptions: of themselves, of others and of what the world should be like.
I love the comparison of the belief systems of the two main characters, Zoe and Noah. Noah's belief in faith and God drives him while Zoe believes in science, technology and the absence of religion. Although they appear to be as different as two people can be, they find themselves believing in each other.
This is not your typical "good vs evil" story. Although there is an obvious bad guy, the story isn't necessarily about him or even a battle against him. This also is not your typical YA love story. It is a love story, it is about battles against good and evil, right and wrong. Perception seemed to me to be more of a story of the battle each character has within themselves, what they believe and who the believe in and why.
Lee Strauss has created a fantastic and harsh world. She has filled that world with characters that fall into two categories, Naturals and GAPS, and the two groups are worlds apart on almost every level. To achieve this variety takes insight, imagination, an open mind, and dedication to detail in every aspect of the story.
This is the beginning...I can't wait to read the rest!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)