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Perfection [Kindle Edition]

JL Spelbring
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

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J.L. Spelbring lives in Texas, where she wanders out in the middle of the night to look at the big and bright stars. Besides knocking imaginary bad guys in the head with a keyboard, she enjoys being swept away between the pages of a book, running amuck inside in her own head, pretending she is into running, and hanging out with her kids, who are way too cool for her.

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  • File Size: 470 KB
  • Print Length: 331 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1937053342
  • Publisher: Spencer Hill Press; 1 edition (July 16, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DQZ2L62
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,326 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very different kind of dystopian! July 20, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Dystopians have been very hit or miss for me lately, so I went into this one with some trepidation. I'm glad I read this one though because it was great. It was pretty different for a dystopian. I feel like so many are just carbon copies of each other lately, but this one definitely had its own flair. Then it threw in some sci-fi in the form of genetic enhancements and I was sold.

Imagine a world where World War II had gone very differently. A world where Hitler had succeeded in his pursuit of purity. Well that is the world this book is set in. This is a world built on the ideals of Hitler. A world that is still striving for perfection. A world eradicating anyone different, whether it be brown eyes, brown hair, or darker skin. If it is not blue eyes and blond hair, it's imperfect. You could see how things may get crazy in this world. You can also probably guess where the genetic altering comes in now too. Genetic altering can make the world perfect and create a "superior" being. This is what Ellyssa is a product of.

Ellyssa was an awesome heroine. It was so interesting to watch her throw away everything she thought she knew and open up to new ideals. She slowly learns to feel, but she still remains deadly and smart. I love how she recognized her shortcomings and realized that she may be smart but that she still has a lot to learn. I also liked how truly kickass she was. I also loved that we got to see the other side of things in Perfection. We got to read from the villain's point of view as well, which is something I always enjoy. It is so interesting and scary being inside their heads.

What I really loved about this book is that it took me on an awesome ride. It was nonstop action from beginning to end. The book opens up to Ellyssa on the run.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Perfection is a chilling picture of what life could be if selective genetics goes completely wrong. They are trying to make a perfect soldier, and as far as looks and strength and mind reading goes, they have it in Ellyssa. But they consider her emotions her weakness. She learns through her escape that those emotions can really be strength.
This is an alternate history I guess you would consider, because it is basically a dystopia where Hitler's ideals are realized and they are working to eradicate those who aren't of perfect race, and taking it even further with superior intelligence and strength.
She tries to run away from the place she was made/born because a strange for this world looking boy with dark hair being questioned broke through her mental shield and screamed a place at her. And she deletes and changes things in the database and goes on the run. It's so much fun to watch her learn to trust others, feel loss, sorrow, joy, laughter, and most of all, fall in love.
While I understood the choice for a third person pov, I connected most with Ellyssa and wanted to be from her point of view the most. I didn't connect with the other characters, but they gave valuable insight into what is going on while Ellyssa is running and when she finds unlikely allies.
There is plenty of action behind the character development to keep the story going. The ending is pretty good, but the epilogue makes me know there needs to be another book in this series. There are also ingeniously crafted villains that will make you want to wring out their brains.

Bottom Line: Action packed and chilling alternate history with a main character I grew to love.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great YA dystopian July 16, 2013
Format:Paperback
It's been a while since I read a YA dystopian book, and I'm glad it was this one. J.L. Spelbring was able to create a magnificent world in this book. From the first page I was enamored with Ellysa. Created at The Center, she was the poster child for Hitler's vision. Blond hair, blue eyes with a little extra. Dr. Hirsch has managed to engineer children with superior characteristics. These children are to be models for future soldiers. Soldiers that were bred to eliminate anyone who isn't within the image the good doctor has envisioned. Each child created has at least one power to go along with their superior intelligence, speed, fighting skills and the ability to show no emotion. Self preservation and following orders are all that matters. Ellysa's power is mind reading. After a renegade is brought to The Center as a hostage, he reaches out to Ellysa to let her know things aren't what they seem. Ellysa does a little investigating, and finds horrors beyond her imagination. Armed with this new information, she decides to escape. Hardships follow and she is soon injured and lost. Renegades happen upon her sleeping and decide to take her in for medical attention. What she finds there is a shock to her entire belief system. Can she trust these renegades she has been taught to fear and eliminate?

Lots of action and suspense. I can't wait to find out what happens next. The cliffhanger ending is fabulous!

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfection July 23, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is very well written. Hard to put down. From start to finish the action kept you interested. I will refer this book to my friends.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.9 Stars - Fun alternate world
***SPOILERS***

In this alternate world Hitler won the war. The US is full of blonde hair, blue eyed people - all dressed according to what type of job they held. Read more
Published 12 days ago by jamie buckholtz
1.0 out of 5 stars Imperfection
This is the complete review as it appears <a href="http://ianwoodnovellum.blogspot.com/2014/08/perfection-by-jl-spelbring. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Ian Wood
3.0 out of 5 stars Perfection isn't perfect, but it's still a good read.
Point of View: Third (Ellyssa, Dr. Hirch Ellyssa’s ‘father’, Angela a member of the Gestapo, and Rein a young renegade)

My Rating: 6/10 Stars

Predictability:... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Molly Mortensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!
I rated it a 5 star book because it is so good you can't put it down!! I loved it!
Published 1 month ago by rebeccac
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfection
Thanks to Spencer Hill Press and NetGalley, I received an arc of Perfection by J.L. Spelbring. Perfection is a dystopian, with some science fiction intermingled, in an alternate... Read more
Published 1 month ago by LynnDell Watson
3.0 out of 5 stars Perfection is missing - it's a good try, but doesn't succeed.
In an alternate timeline where Hitler won WWII, Ellyssa is a genetically bioengineered model of perfection. Read more
Published 1 month ago by E. VanZwoll
3.0 out of 5 stars The idea wasn't fully realized
Perfection started off very good – the alternate reality of the outcome of the Second World War was realized quite believably. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ruthsic
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay ...
The idea of what things could be like if genetic testing and experimentation that we take part in goes seriously wrong was a great plot idea. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Katja Berger
4.0 out of 5 stars "Perfection" by J.L. Spelbring is a very different dystopian.
"Perfection" by J.L. Spelbring is a very different dystopian. In this book World War II ended very differently. Read more
Published 1 month ago by love2dazzle
4.0 out of 5 stars Predilection
Enjoyed the story line very much...surely there is a sequel in the works. I would like to see the way the good overcomes evil in the end
Published 1 month ago by Rick
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J.L. Spelbring lives in Texas, where she wanders out in the middle of the night to look at the big and bright stars. Besides knocking imaginary bad guys in the head with a keyboard, she enjoys being swept away between the pages of a book, running amuck inside in her own head, pretending she is into running, and hanging out with her kids, who are way too cool for her.

Her novel, Perfection, will be released in July, 2013.

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