on 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 Kiera Cass’ 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.
**Disclaimer** I received a digital DRC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The views and opinions that I have expressed here are solely my own and are in no way a representation of the views and/or opinions of the author, publisher, and/or distributor.
I’m literally stunned speechless with this series! Kate J. Birch blew me away with her artfully crated plot and amazingly well-developed characters. There is nothing I did not like about this book overall. This is the first installment of the Perfected series and believe me, you’re going to be taken on one wild ride.
“Remember. You’ll never be one of them.”
The world as we know it in Perfected is different yet astonishingly the same. The elite want the latest and greatest and what’s in are pets. No, not your typical dog or cat but genetically modified humans. Yes..you heard me correct….humans as pets. I loved how Birch showed the politics of it all as well as the fanatics who were against it and for it. To me, this helped make this world more plausible and I could actually see this play out vividly in my mind.
Ella is one of the pets, a Greenwich girl who has been genetically modified and trained in being everything the rich would want: petite, beautiful, articulate, and cultured. She’s stunning and has been trained to be exactly what you think you need. Though, if you look closer she’s more than she seems. She questions everything and has a mind of her own, which is something a Greenwich girl isn’t supposed to have. This character, though different in a YA Sci-fi sort of way, is very related and easily liked. She intrigued me from the very start. Ella finds out quickly that her training doesn’t cover everything…playing with children, reading people, and understanding all the different feelings that come with being a part of someone’s family. Perfected is Ella’s story, figuring out who and what she is and where she fits into the grand scheme of things.
Penn is a congressman’s son. His father is one of the leading voices in the pro-pet agenda and Ella is his family’s newest pet. Penn isn’t too pleased his family adopts another pet, especially after what happened to the last one, but once he meets Ella is quickly realizes she’s different; more human, more relatable, more everything.
Quickly the two form a bond that shouldn’t be formed, but also can’t be stopped. This storyline is intriguing and you can’t help but want to know more. The entire book is based on controversy on the political level and forbidden desires on the personal level. Birch pulled me into this fascinating world and I devoured every page of this book.
*Tarnished is the 2nd in the Perfected series with Unraveled releasing April 3rd.