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Book 1 of 4 in the Perception Trilogy Series

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Editorial Reviews


"Perception is a mixture of Sci-fi, Dystopia, Mystery, and Romance all wrapped up in an insanely incredible Story." Michele, Insane About Books 

"The mystery kept me glued to the pages all night. I had an idea who was involved but there was a way bigger conspiracy going on than I thought and each piece was unraveled very thoughtfully to keep a great pace throughout the story." Jennifer Messerschmidt, Goodreads review

"What I loved most is the way this story made me think. About science, our society, about what technology we could have and whether I'd like that or not." Coffee Bean Bookshelf

From the Author

I watched a documentary a number of years ago on the advancements of science when it came to extending the human life span. The concept fascinated me, that with a tweak of a gene, we could potentially live twice as long. And not as old people with longer stints at an old folks home, but with youth. A ninety year old would look forty-five. 

It got me thinking about how that would work. Would everyone get to do it? If not who would and who wouldn't? And how would that affect the social balance of our current world structure? 
Those were the seed questions that grew into the Perception Trilogy. What if a girl who had it all - including a longer life -  fell in love with a boy who didn't?
I hope you enjoy reading Perception as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Perception Trilogy
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 149354070X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1493540709
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (280 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,467,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I'm author LEE STRAUSS.

I'm the author of the Minstrel Series (contemporary romance), the Perception Series (young adult dystopian/science fiction) and young adult historical fiction.

I also write fun, lower Young Adult (teen) fiction to do with whimsical things like time-travel, fairies and merfolk (with a nice helping of romance!) as ELLE Strauss.

I love to connect with my fans. I'm on facebook (author pages for both Lee and Elle) and twitter: @leestraussbooks.

Other trivia about me: I'm a married mother of four; I sometimes live in Canada and sometimes Germany; I'm fond of dark chocolate, and soy lattes; I like yoga, cycling and hiking in good weather.


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Customer Reviews

The characters developed as the story progressed.
Abdul R. Dean
I loved the sci-fi/dystopia/mystery blend of goodness in this story.
Really enjoyed this book it was very fast paced and a quick read.
teresa kreth

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By My Friends Are Fiction on May 17, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
The Story:
Perception had some interesting concepts. I enjoyed thinking about what a society would look like once the ability to extend life presented itself. Strauss created a world with only the wealthy having the ability to extend their lives, the others live on the fringes. Of course, this creates a social hierarchy associated with who has been genetically altered versus those that have not either due to choice or inability. The science of how the advances were made was barely touched upon though Strauss does give details into how the city and it's citizens looks. Overall, the future Strauss created was not one I'd want to read further about or live in.

The Characters:
The characters and the romance lacked for me. Zoe wasn't overly likable and try as I might I could not feel connected to any of the characters. I didn't care that Liam, Zoe's brother, was missing. Zoe referred to her parents by their first names which I didn't care for, and also confused me in the beginning when I was trying to remember who everyone was. She does have a substantial amount of growth throughout the novel.

The romance was rushed and I never felt the moment where the two leads fell for each other. Zoe and Noah had electric pulses when they touched, which always make me roll my eyes. I would say that Noah Brody was probably the best character and he had the most depth to me because of his religious views and his connections and dedication to his family.

Final Thoughts:
Perception wasn't a bad book just not one I felt very connected to.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Michele on October 16, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Perception is a mixture of Sci-fi, Dystopia, Mystery, and Romance all wrapped up in an insanely incredible Story. These ingredients will feed your imagination and leave your mind fulfilled!

Zoe has the perfect life. She is rich, beautiful, gorgeous boyfriend: a GAP with no worries.... Until her brother, Liam, goes missing. Zoe is distraught over this, and upset with her parents and authorities for not being more concerned. She knows this is out of character for Liam, and decides to do some investigating herself. This investigation takes her to the Outside, where the Naturals live. She only has one clue to go on, however, she runs into Noah, the son of her parent's housekeeper. He agrees to help her, with the aid of his connections. What they discover will flip Zoe's life upside down, and put her in danger.

OMG! Yep, there it is....OMG....this was such an amazing story; I couldn't put it down and read it in a day. I loved the sci-fi/dystopia/mystery blend of goodness in this story. Even though Zoe is a GAP, her bond with her brother and her drive to find the truth goes against all the norms that she was raised to believe in. Watching the romance start from the beginning between Zoe and Noah was such a rush, and I was rooting for them along the sidelines from the moment they first met. The plot was filled with unexpected turns that you will not see coming, and the clues will leave you wondering. It is full of interesting characters, and some you will quickly learn to despise.

I am excited to learn that this is the first book of three. When you find a story and characters that you love, you don't ever want the story to end!! I'm excited to see where Zoe and Noah's adventure leads to, and what the future holds for them. YOU HAVE TO READ THIS ONE!!!!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Step Into Fiction on September 26, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
The premise about this book is really what enticed me to read it. A girl whose only help is a person who hates what she is. I always like stories like that because I feel like you really get to get into the characters minds and hearts and really feel their feelings.

This story takes a dark, traumatic turn pretty early in the book. It is actually quite unexpected, at least it was to me, but I like how it wasn't drawn out. The events that unfold after this traumatic event are very well written, I feel the author did a wonderful job describing Zoe's feelings and how she just knew something was wrong.

The idea what a person could be so easily altered is a little scary to me, but in a future world such as this, it is a very real possibility and a very scary thing to think about if you are not a GAP but a natural, and happen to fall in love with a GAP. Perception is a different take on the world, but the story itself and the curiosity and love in this book is as real as it could be in any world, and that in itself makes this story an amazing read!!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kat Heckenbach VINE VOICE on June 25, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
No, I didn't read the whole book. Not even half. I was unable to connect to the main character, at all. Shallow and spoiled--and maybe the author needs her that way to show her personal growth, but there needs to be something deep down that makes me care. When her brother is discovered to be missing, no one reacts realistically, and all she cares about is solving the mystery, not worrying, not feeling. She was more concerned with how her boyfriend was acting than the fact that her brother was missing.

Also, the way the technology was described, it felt as though the author was trying to draw attention to it, rather than the story itself. That would have been fine before the moment when her brother disappears, as a way to set up the story world, but it continues after.

Anyway, I really did give this book a fair chance, trying multiple times to get farther into the story, but I just couldn't.

That said, I see potential in the writing. The voice was decent and the idea pretty original.
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