Saturday, 4 May 2013


By Lee Strauss

Summery courtesy of

                                                                                                            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.

PERCEPTION is a (SF/mystery/romance) Young Adult novel that takes place in the not-too-distant future in a world changed by climate extremes, natural disasters and impending wars, and where scientific breakthroughs cause class divisions—both financially and philosophically. It explores the clash between faith and science and how differences can separate us as enemies or ally us together. And in some cases, even in the midst of betrayal and personal crisis, there’s room to fall in love.


This book was surprising with its extraordinary world, and its cool gadgets. Here some citizens have been genetically altered by a treatment called Gap, thus doubling their life span and making them immune to illness. Not everyone believe in the advancements and treatment Gap offers and they live on the "outside". Gap citizens have better living conditions and have better advantages.

Zoe has had the Gap treatment and life is good, until Liam her brother disappears. Zoe is determined to find out what happened to him.

Liam was part of a secret project, and other project members such as her boyfriend Jackson are hiding something from her.

Zoe ventures to the outside, hoping she can find the answers shes looking for. Noah Brody, her housekeeper's son a natural, is against GAPs but he agrees to help her in her search for the truth.
I liked that the story was told from both Zoe and Noah's POV and that the author accomplished this without detracting from the flow of the plot. I'm really looking forward to the next book. 4 stars

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