My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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 good book when it comes to science fiction. A futuristic world where people are divided into naturals and genetically engineered ones – is a concept derived from designer babies, I guess. It is quite a debate in the scientific community whether it would be ethical in the long run to perform gene therapy on humans beyond the normal (like for genetic or congenital diseases). Though that is the basis of the novel, it is basically still a rich girl loves poor boy kind of story, in which a mixing of their worlds is forbidden. The first half was about Zoe trying to find why her brother went missing and you know there is a conspiracy coming. The plot really picks up in the second half with her finding out the truth but losing Noah. It was all going fine right until the last chapter, which felt kind of rushed to me. Otherwise, the storytelling was sort of okay, though at times felt a bit lost in the details. Telling about all the futuristic gadgets and all seems exciting, but after some time just gets too repetitive and the narration falls at some points. So, 3.5 stars from me.