Sunday, November 3, 2013

Review: Less Than Perfect by Kelly Jensen

Title: Less Than Perfect
Author: Kelly Jensen
Source: Entangled Ever After
Genre: Dystopian, Romance, Science Fiction
Release Date: October 28, 2013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Mikayla’s read every book in her collection of post-apocalyptic novels at least twice. She thinks she’s prepared for aliens taking over Earth. She’s not.

Nor is she prepared for the attention of a good-looking refugee named Reg.

All Mikayla and Reg want is a safe place to see out the end of the world, hidden away from the aliens that call themselves The People, but cities of the depopulated United States not infested with The People are rife with gangs, the detritus of civilization and disease.

On a mission to restock their supplies, Mikayla and Reg are captured by The People and prepared for the procedure that will make them perfect, but no longer quite human. In order to escape, they need to rely on each other…if Mikayla can trust a man who seems too good to be true.

One of my favorite Young Adult genres is a good science fiction dystopian.  So when I come across a romance that mixes that up in the storyline I get really excited.  Less Than Perfect takes a different approach to the aliens than I had seen in the past so it was a very exciting read in that respect. The story was fast paced and seemed to pack a whole lot into a novella.  The action very rarely stopped, but it didn't feel like it was overly rushed.

The character of Mikayla was amazing.  She had a box of end of the world books she tried to take with her everywhere, which sounds like something I would try to do at the end of the world.  Reg was a bit of a mystery throughout the whole story.  Even at the end I didn't really have a feel for who he was, and I really wanted to know him better.  The way they learned about each other and fell in love was sweet, but Mikayla seemed far more open than he did - partly because it was told from her perspective.

I haven't found many dytopian style books that are primarily a romance, and this one did a great job combining the two elements without losing either one along the way.

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