Author: J.L. Spelbring
Series: Perfection #1
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Genre: YA Science Fiction/Historical Fiction/Alternate History
Release Date: July 16, 2013
Source: Received egalley from publisher via Netgalley
Rating: 3 Stars
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has in no way changed my opinion of the book. The review below is my
open and honest opinion.***
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.
As soon as I read the synopsis I knew I had to have it. Set in an alternate
history where Hitler won the war, this one was sure to be interesting. I
requested it and Spencer Hill approved me. Thanks! This book was just as
interesting as the synopsis promises. But I did have some issues. Let’s start
with the bad.
despise this POV. I’ve read books where it has worked. But more often than not,
it doesn’t. For me personally, that is. I have a really hard time connecting to
any of the characters with this POV because we aren’t in any of their heads and
we keep jumping around from person to person. I always feel like I’m all over
the place. And this book, unfortunately, was no exception to that feeling.
enough world-building for me. There was so much potential with this premise. We
are in a world where Hitler won. Years later (after Hitler’s death) his world
of Aryan perfection still reigns supreme. It’s not that we didn’t get any
information. We did. I just wanted more. How did Hitler win? How long did it
take to convert the entire world to his new way of life? Why did the US
citizens accept this way of life? How did everything happen? It didn’t seem
like it was too far in the future from the current time and I just kind of had
a hard time believing that this huge conversion had happened in such a short
time with zero explanation.
unfeeling robotic-type human to being in love in a matter of a couple weeks. I
understand the intensity she must have felt releasing all those emotions, but
she wasn’t the first one to use the L word. It was the romantic interest, a
perfectly normal human being who had honestly barely spoken to her before using
of disturbing violence. I mean, I guess that fits in with the whole idea of
this book, but SPOILER ALERT (highlight to read): There was a rape scene in this book that honestly
felt completely unnecessary to the story. I’m not sure why it was put in there,
but it made me pretty angry. There were also a few sociopaths so be warned,
this book is violent. End spoiler.
intricate story and lots of twists and turns. There are some really extreme
ideas in this book which fit perfectly with Hitler’s vision of the future. Even
with him dead, you could still feel his influence ruling over the world. I found
myself turning the pages quickly, wanting to find out how it was going to end
and what Dr. Hirch’s ultimate plan was.
and I think she has a lot of potential. I just wish I had gotten to know her better.
And I loved the other members of the resistance: Jordan, Matthew, Woody, even
Candy. They were all so warm and welcoming. I am looking forward to seeing what
comes next and will definitely be reading the next book. Happy reading all!