Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Perception Review

234 pages

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 widening chasm they’ve created between those who have and those who don’t. He doesn’t like girls like Zoe and he has good reason not to like her specifically. Zoe’s carefree life takes a traumatic turn. She’s in trouble and it turns out that Noah, the last guy on earth she should trust, is the only one who can help her.

This isn't an exceptionally exciting book, nor is it a boring one. I guess the best way to describe it is as a bit bland. However, I did admire the world created here and the story behind it. The name definitely reflected the book's main theme. There are perceptions on both sides as a GAP and as a natural when neither side truly have made the time to know and understand the other. Zoe is a GAP and although she is unbelievably book smart, she is exceptionally naive about the world outside of her GAP city. Enter Noah, a natural who hates GAPs but based more off a bias passed along from his parents than anything. The relationship between Zoe and Noah progresses pretty quickly and for someone who hates GAPs, Noah gets over it fast. Then there is the huge mystery behind Liam's disappearance. I have to admit it was hard to figure out the details of that one and the reason completely caught me by surprise. There are so many secrets in the GAP society that continuously impact the lives of Zoe and everyone around her. Although I can't say I completely connected to this story, I am interested to see how things continue in the next novel. If you like futuristic dystopian type novels then don't count this book out, you might enjoy it.  


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