Thursday, 10 July 2014

Review - Perfected By Kate Jarvik Birch

Published July 1st 2014

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.

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Perfected is set in a world where it is acceptable and legal for humans to be bought up and trained to be the perfect pet. They are then sold off to the highest bidder to be used in any way their new owner pleases. Ella is sold off to a wealthy congressman and his family where she is used to show off to the congressman’s wealthy friends and as a play thing for his daughter. Along the way Ella falls for Penn, the congressman’s son and suddenly all she has been taught to know and be is in question and Ella finds out what it is to be more than someone’s pet.

The concept of Perfected was very unique and quite scary! To think that humans could be sold as pets and it is a normal every day occurrence was quite disturbing and made me angry at times. It is a very twisted thing is what seems like a normal world.

Ella’s whole purpose in life is to become someone’s perfect pet, she is practically a doll, she looks beautiful and she is taught to make others happy, it is like the ‘pets’  aren't supposed to have a personality of their own or even have their own thoughts and feelings.

I really liked the character of Ella, she is naive to the world she lives in and pretty clueless. She hasn't been brought up to be a normal functioning human, she doesn't eat the same food and can’t even read. I felt sorry for her character and was hoping she would see that there is more to life than being owned by someone. I am glad that Penn showed what it to be human, to love and to learn. I enjoyed seeing her progress on her journey and allow herself to feel and want what she wanted.

Penn is just a normal guy, he feels pressure from his father to follow in his footsteps and his escape from the world he lives in is through music, as it is for Ella and this is how the connect. I really enjoyed his character; I felt he was the added normality in a crazy disturbing world. He sees that having a ‘pet’ is wrong and that Ella is a human being with rights.

I really hope Perfected is made into a series, the ending left so many unanswered questions and I am craving more! Perfected is overall a story of love and how it can set people free, can it save Penn and Ella? I suggest you read this exciting story for yourself and follow the journey Penn and Ella share!


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