A fantastic read!
Perfect People - Peter James
Member Name: abbiej1711
Perfect People - Peter James
Date: 30/07/12, updated on 29/05/13 (40 review reads)
Advantages: Great storyline, hard to put down!
I recently read this book by Peter James whilst away in Turkey, and the book itself surprised me! Reading one of Peter James books has opened me to a wider range of genres which I am happy about! I really enjoyed reading something different and I feel this book would appeal to a very wide audience.
I am now reading my second Peter James book- Twilight, which I am enjoying just as much! I am writing this review to give anybody a push who like me was on the edge about trying something new.
Although this book is relatively new to the sales, I grabbed one at a great price from Tesco in the two for £7 offer, paying just £3.50 for it!
It can also be purchased online at;
Play.com for £3.25 used or £5.76 new
Amazon for £3.69 new
Ebay for £2.94- Hardback edition.
I personally prefer paperbacks to read as they are easier to carry around, but the hardback edition can easily be found at about the same price. Although the front cover is slightly different.
It is hard to review the storyline without giving away a lot of the surprises within the book! The story is generally about a couple grieving over the loss of their son who died of a disease which they recently discovered they both were carriers of. Upset and afraid to conceive again knowing of the risks, they turn to science.
This book introduces genetics and designer babies in a very interesting way which has changed many of my views and opinions over altering DNA.
The characters initially turn to science to alter out the possibilities of their next child carrying the disease, however they open themselves up to a new world of genetics.
When Naomi becomes pregnant, it is clear their choice has already gone badly wrong!
This book is very fast paced and I found a cliffhanger on the end of every chapter! The chapters are very small, some being only a page long, but this only made me want to keep on reading.
There are extracts from Naomi's diary throughout which helps the reader feel involved with the characters feelings and emotions. Including the diary bought an informal view to the events, as Naomi's dairy was written in notes and contained her views and feelings on the events. I found this really interesting as she was the mother and at the centre of the story, it was effective to include her thoughts and opinions within the story.
I found the ending quite strange and I'm still not sure if I enjoyed it or not. I think I would have preferred a happier ending, as the ending in this story was quite abrupt and sudden.
This book addresses quite an interesting storyline which I think would attract a wide range of people. It opened me up to a different view on genetics and designer babies and as a lot of events in this book aren't yet possible- as far as we know! It made me think about what we as a world are coming to in ways of science and diseases.
The book turned out to be completely different to how I thought it would, and I would recommend everybody to give it a try.
It is quite a nice thick book, but I read it within a week- I found that with the small chapters came quite a few half empty pages which padded out the book quite a bit!
The story may raise a lot of arguments from people against the events in the book, but for me I felt the book introduced the topic in an effective way. Religious views are used and perhaps taken to some extremes in this book, but it helped me to understand the complexities around the subject.
And it really made me question science and our capabilities, as I found it interesting to think there could be scientists out there somewhere who have already mastered the skill to create 'designer babies' and alter DNA further.
A great read! There are a lot of scientific words at times which to me are just babble! But the storyline I thought was fantastic!
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Summary: Worth a read!- My favourite so far!