Here is the summary from Goodreads: 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.
What I Liked: 1) I thought it was very creative. It's hard to talk about the things I liked about this book, because there is so much of it that I found appalling. Not appalling in the sense that it made it a bad book, but appalling in the sense that it happens (in the book, not in real life.) But it's often the books that have elements that are just so....unbelievable like this that are the most creative. And that made it a very interesting read. 2) Well-written. This is the first novel I've read by author Kate Jarvik Birch, but she is obviously no stranger to writing. Everything about the story was well thought out and presented. 3) The story itself was very 3 dimensional with several story arcs that held my interest easily.
What I Didn't Like: I had a hard time with the characters. For as well-rounded and three dimensional the story line was, the characters were a little flat. Flat isn't quite the right word, I just didn't like their personalities. They were all a little whiny. Even Penn, the gentleman of the story. I think the real issue is that there was too much similarity between the characters. In a great book, there is a mix of personalities, strong and not so strong. That's what this story was missing. Someone to be strong and counterbalance the others. It was also a bit....generic. Similar to other books that have the same idea.
Overall Thoughts: I feel as if the YA market is getting a bit saturated with books like this. Where women are bred to be property, and stuff like that. Am I wrong? They're becoming the vampire books of a few years ago. I don't even know really how to categorize this one. It's not really dystopian, but it is set in the future. In a bizarre world. Birch's Perfected was an interesting addition to the group of books around this concept. It was well written and thought out, but was lacking something to really make it stand out. I'm not opposed to reading a follow-up should one come out, but I'll be hoping for something more.
My Rating: 3 Shots