Sunday, March 31, 2013

Volition by Lee Strauss: Review: Orangeberry Tour Stop



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Genre – YA SciFi / Romance 
Rating – PG13
What doesn’t kill you

Zoe Vanderveen is on the run with her captor turned rescuer, Noah Brody. They’re in love. Or at least that’s what he tells her. Her memories have returned but her feelings are dreamlike—thin and fleeting. Her heart can’t be trusted. Just look at what happened with Taylor Blake.

Senator Vanderveen’s new team of cyborg agents are in hot pursuit, and a reward for their capture is broadcast nationwide. Record breaking cold and snow hinder their escape. Someone dies helping them.
And their fight for survival has only begun.
VOLITION is the exciting continuation of Noah and Zoe’s story from Perception
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The stakes become higher in this second installment as Zoe and Noah are chased by her grandfather’s henchmen.  The action intensifies, and Noah worries that he may have been wrong, after all, to rescue Zoe.  Zoe is different; she does not remember loving Noah.  Noah is committed to protecting the woman he loves even though her personality is considerably less vibrant – muted, altered.  There is hope, however, as some of Zoe’s memories slowly return.
In this installment Senator Vanderveen takes off the kid gloves.  Incensed with his granddaughter’s rabble-rousing, and contending with significant worries of political fall-out, his ruthlessness escalates.  A huge bounty is offered. Disguised and on the run, Zoe and Noah are temporarily sheltered by a couple of fringe groups – but trust is a commodity in short supply.
I enjoyed this second installment but was disappointed by the huge cliff-hanger ending.  The dystopic world is expanding, and the creep element has intensified.  With dwindling resources, Zoe and Noah are engaged in a dangerous effort to out-fox a master manipulator blessed with unlimited funds, powerful connections, and an unimpeachable reputation.  This exciting continuation of their adventures and achievements is a worthy successor to Perception and an intriguing precursor to the next installment in this well-written, action-packed series.
This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review.
Reviewed by Laurie-J

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Genre – YA SciFi / Romance 
Rating – PG13
Eternal Life is To Die For

For 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.

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In the not too distant future, the wealthiest can afford genetic altering which basically doubles lifespans. These GAPS (genetically altered people) live in exclusive domed cities and their children receive the best education and top notch gadgets. They are beautiful, entitled, and pampered.   
Meanwhile, those  not able to afford the treatment, or unwilling to have it done,  live outside the exclusive dome in cramped apartments or small homes. They  struggle to provide for their families, and are lucky if they have a job.  The disparity between the Normals and the GAPS is enormous. There is also distrust between those who fully embrace the scientific aspects of gene manipulation and those who oppose GAPS on religious principles. 

Zoe is a GAP, and when her beloved older brother disappears without a trace, she becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to him.  For the first time she leaves Sol City, venturing outside in a reckless and dangerous venture. Somewhat serendipitously, Noah, a Normal with whom Zoe is already acquainted, reluctantly agrees to help Zoe find her brother.

The story flows smoothly  and kept my interest easily.  Zoe’s heartache and distress  over her brother’s disappearance is believable and gut-wrenching.  The chemistry between Zoe and Noah builds slowly as the mystery is unraveled.  There are plenty of other characters, as well, and each contributes in some meaningful way to the story line.  I feel Ms. Strauss excels at creating dialogue and vivid situations that pulled me into the lives of these fictional characters.  I enjoyed this book so much I dove right into the ARC of the 2nd book in the series, Volition.

This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review.

Reviewed by Laurie-J

Lee Strauss writes historical and science fiction/romance for upper YA and adult readers. She also writes light and fun stuff under the name Elle Strauss. To find out more about Lee and her books check out her facebook page. Follow her on Twitter at To find out about new releases sign up for her newsletter at

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Elle Strauss said...

Thanks so much for featuring Perception and Volition and for you kind review!

Debby said...

I have not read the book as yet, but I would think trusting a genetically altered individual would depend on what was altered.
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No .. I have not read it yet ! But, one way or another I will

Sara said...

I haven't read this, but it looks awesome!