Review: Perfection

Perfection by J.L. Spelbring
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The personification of Aryan purity, Ellyssa’s spent her whole life under her creator’s strict training and guidance; her purpose is to eradicate inferior beings. She was genetically engineered to be the perfect soldier: strong, intelligent, unemotional, and telepathic.
Only Ellyssa isn’t perfect.

Ellyssa feels emotions–a fact she’s spent her life concealing. Until she encounters the epitome of inferiority: a dark-haired boy raised among renegades hiding since the Nazis won the war a century ago. He speaks to her telepathically, pushing thoughts into her mind, despite the impossibility of such a substandard person having psychic abilities.

But he does.

His unspoken words and visions of a place she’s never visited make Ellyssa question her creator. Confused and afraid her secret will be discovered, Ellyssa runs away, embarking on a journey where she discovers there is more to her than perfection.

Perfection started off very good – the alternate reality of the outcome of the Second World War was realized quite believably. It opens with Ellyssa on the run from her creators, because she comes across something that makes her question the conditioning she received all her life. I was also excited to see how she would acclimatize to the outside world after spending her childhood in a robotic mode. A detective, one of the rejects from the Center, is hunting her down to return her back to her creators. This itself and the premise of GM people should have been intriguing enough. Sadly, perfection is not something this book achieves, since midway it sizzles out and boils down to a love story.

While I loved how the author brought about the world and the characters, I was unhappy with the direction of the plot. In my view, it seemed very convenient and some tropes just plain irked me. The rebels seemed very accommodating and somehow, they even have a loyal following within the city proper! Good, I guess but why? Why would the city people, who have been living so from the last century or so, help the Renegades? The causation, the trigger – this is where the story fails. Why would Ellyssa suddenly develop a conscious and decide to run away – even the reason didn’t seem viable enough. Her and Rein’s romance – predictable. Woody’s feelings – predictable. The end – unpredictable in the sense that it was too easy. So, basically I waded through the unexciting second half waiting for SOMETHING to happen.

Overall, I was not much impressed with the book. The series has potential but that remains to be seen.

Received an ARC from Spencer Hill Press via Netgalley for review purposes, which in no way affected my opinion.

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4 thoughts on “Review: Perfection

    • I should say though, after reading so many books in the YA genre, it is rare that any book can not be predictable. You just know a new character is a potential love interest in the way he/she is described in the scene. Bonus points if eye color is described.

    • Yes, but that depends on how the author spins the story. Take Bloodlines for example. From the start, it was obvious that Sydney and Adrian were the endgame, but the author built up a romance story in such a way that it doesn’t focus heavily on romance.

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