ARC REVIEW: Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch a.k.a there better be a sequel
AUTHOR: Kate Jarvik Birch
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: July 1st 2014 by Entangled: Teen
GENRE: YA > Dystopia | Science Fiction | Romance
PAGES: 304pages (Hardcover)
SOURCE: ARC provided by publisher
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Perfection comes at a price.
As soon as the government passed legislation allowing humans to be genetically engineered and sold as pets, the rich and powerful rushed to own beautiful girls like Ella. Trained from birth to be graceful, demure, and above all, perfect, these “family companions” enter their masters’ homes prepared to live a life of idle luxury.
Ella is happy with her new role as playmate for a congressman’s bubbly young daughter, but she doesn’t expect Penn, the congressman’s handsome and rebellious son. He’s the only person who sees beyond the perfect exterior to the girl within. Falling for him goes against every rule she knows…and the freedom she finds with him is intoxicating.
But when Ella is kidnapped and thrust into the dark underworld lurking beneath her pampered life, she’s faced with an unthinkable choice. Because the only thing more dangerous than staying with Penn’s family is leaving…and if she’s unsuccessful, she’ll face a fate far worse than death.
For fans of Keira Cass’s Selection series and Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden series, Perfected is a chilling look at what it means to be human, and a stunning celebration of the power of love to set us free, wrapped in a glamorous—and dangerous—bow.
Well, that’s new. Perfected has a very thought provoking premise. Heart melting romance and heart racing plot. I can definitely say that Perfected is perfected to it’s target reader’s liking..
The story is about Ella, a girl in our world, but a pet in a world she’s living in. She was born or maybe made to make her Masters happy. And she’s completely fine with that. She obeys and she doesn’t complain at all. But all is changed when he got close to her Master’s son, Penn.
It’s been so long since I encountered a Main Character that I completely adored. Some readers may find Ella stupid. Or dense. And the truth is, she is. (lol) But maybe stupid and dense is such strong words. She’s more like, clueless. She was raised to be perfect! To function everyday while being demure and composed. She isn’t supposed to be silly or to be caught up in imperfect moment. I really felt for Ella. She doesn’t even know how to read! But you can really see that the world outside Greenwich (where she came from) scared her a lot. And the desire to fit in, or be educated was there. But you can also see how she fought for those thoughts. For a girl that is so clueless and who doesn’t have any idea how this cruel world works, she’s brave. And I like that a lot.
Penn isn’t an exception, he just stole my heart then completely stomp on it (the ending omg) He isn’t your typical bad boy, he isn’t your usual nerd boy, He’s real. There’s nothing cliché about him. If I have one complain about him, it’s that he can be a wimp sometimes. Especially to his Father. But good thing the author made some character developments. Though, I think Ella might still need some improvement, Penn was a brilliantly written character.
Side characters are detailed. From Ruby, to her mother, to the creepy congressman (who is Ella’s master) You will really see and feel Ella’s world.
The plot is disturbing. Did you know that I got scared while reading this? Because there’s a chance that this kind of platform will be true if it’ll be based on our goverment’s state. That’s what my first thought when I was in chapter 1. They’re like a (sorry for the word) But they’re like prostitutes. They’re purchased and will spend the day of their lives for the pleasure of their Masters. So I really applaud the Author for executing it very well. But! It needs more world building. I wanna know the history of it all! When does this ‘having a pet means we’re regal‘ started? How does someone become a pet exactly? Are pets like Ella born or made?! But most importantly, WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO PENN AND ELLA?
I mean, I’m sorry but you can’t end a book like that and not make a sequel! That’s just not how it works.
By the way, the ending just blew my mind. I love how it crushed me but made me excited too. I really hope that the sequel comes out soon. I’m looking forward to EVERYTHING.