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 March 21, 2014 :
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 genetically altered people getting all the good things society has to offer at the expense of ordinary humans. After his father's murder, Noah is reluctantly stepping into his footsteps running a blog and setting up demonstrations. Plus he has a crush on the GAP girl that his mother works for, who seems less snotty than her rude family. Basically this is what happens in the story.
It is a nicely written shortie that sets the scene for what is going on in Noah's mind and what his family have had to suffer. It also included the first two chapters of Perception and on reading that, we see events from Zoe's point of view. I do have a free copy of the full novel so I might take a look at it at some point in the future. The two stars is because it didn't fully grab me and make me desperate to read the book, but as it was just a scene setter I don't want to be really harsh on it!
(review of free book)
mandy I Read Indie anderson
on March 22, 2013 :
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 left vacated when he father was killed. And in this little slice of story we see that he has a lot riding on his shoulders: a job, his sick mother, helping care for his younger brothers, and leading people to see that GAPs are not helping any one out by getting special treatment.
You can read AMBITION before or after PERCEPTION I read it after, and personally, I liked it better. It reminded me of when we first met Zoe and Noah and refreshed my feelings for the two. This is a fantastic series you really should dive into. Whatcha waiting for?
(review of free book)