Perfection by J.L. SpelbringSeries: Perfection #1
eBook, English, 317 pages
Debut: May 7, 2013
Genres: Adventure, Dystopia, Romance, Young Adult
Read First: August 2-8, 2014 | Snuck from: Netgalley -- I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 124
"Nazis won the war a century ago" -- I was so sold! The genetically engineered part is nothing new, neither is the super-soldier, but combine it all with the Aryan drive for genises... just thinking about it gave me shivers, and Perfection didn't disappoint.
We jump right into action, with Ellyssa fleeing The Center, where she was bred and born, hunted by a vengeful, psychotic police bitch who wants to kill her instead of bringing her back alive as ordered. Injured and just a breath away from dying of thirst, she is picked up by un-Aryan renegades. As they nurse her back to health, she discovers a whole new side of life, and finds her home with them. Just as things seem to be looking up for her, her boyfriend Rein is captured, and brought back to The Center to be tortured about her whereabouts and those of the renegades. Ellyssa and his best friend, Woody, go on a rescue mission and bring the whole Center down in the process. But they didn't get them all...
So much for the short version of the story, which wasn't all suspense all the time, but built up nicely toward a peak. Very nice action to it, too. Not too much, not too far fetched, just perfect. The gifts of Ellyssa and her siblings were interesting as well, and surely would've made a superior, more than deadly combination. But they are still dangerous all by themselves, which promises just as much sharp action in the sequel.
As far as characters go, I was totally content with Ellyssa and Rein slowly finding each other, and I was a little bit peeved at the first mention of Woody as a second love interest for her. However, there was just a hint of this so far. Besides, I find the two boys to be very similar, so I cannot take sides at all. Right now, I don't really care who she ends up with. I believe this is going to be a more prominent part of the story inthe sequel, and maybe we'll find out more about Woody, which will make him different from Rein, and maybe then I can pick a team. 😉
As I experience most of the time, I love the sidekicks in this. Jordan was a very good man, Candy turned out to be more at a second glance, a good person, then Doc Mathew, Trista, Leland, and I even liked Jason for bringing in this little twist. And because all the sidekicks showed interesting layers, just like the protagonists, I cannot wait to find out more about all of them, and to meet even more new characters.
I love this world, I love the balance of action and knowledge, and find that all the characters have an important part to play, making them more then just some names mentioned along the way. Diving into Flawed right away...
Area Scan: Idea: 5/5 -- Flow: 4/5 -- Vocab: 4/5 -- Plot: 4/5 -- Heroes: 4/5 -- Sidekicks: 5/5 -- Villains: 5/5 -- Romance: 3/5 -- Drama: 5/5 -- Action: 4/5 -- Suspense: 3/5
Discovered: 4 Hoods
#1 Perfection -- #2 Flawed