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11.18.2013

Review: Less Than Perfect by Kelly Jensen

Less Than Perfect by Kelly Jensen
Post-Apocalyptic, Romance, Aliens
Ebook $1.99 (120 pages, EVER AFTER)
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.

Author Site: website

Flawed to the bones... (2 stars)

Aliens have taken over Earth. The human race must undergo a procedure to physically perfect them to join with The People, as they call themselves. But there are those who have fled and those who have resisted dwelling out in hiding places, sometimes fighting amongst one another for food and shelter. Mikayla has a good thing going with the tiny group she's part of until they're ousted by another group. She's a bookworm with a taste for post-apocalyptic fiction that really hasn't helped her out much now that the world really is ending. Then there's her crush on Reg.

When the pair get captured by The People while trying to gather supplies it's a race against time to find their companions, escape the procedure that would take away the flaws that make them human, and a chance to discover how they really feel about each other.

I am such a sucker for romance in PA stories that I couldn't resist reading LESS THAN PERFECT. Somehow though, it managed to just not quite wow me. I just never really felt any real danger from The People. There's was a lot of telling but never any showing. Without spoiling it for anyone let me just say that if you go in expecting to find out anything about them and why they took over Earth or why they're trying to make the humans into their kind... well, you're just not going to find any answers. Because of that, I never quite connected with Reg or Mikayla.

Reg is two-dimensional and while not an unlikable hero, he's just boring. Mikayla is overly fleshed out, obsessing over her books and the physical flaws that make her human. By the last few chapters I was aching for the story to end so she'd stop with the obsessing. I get it, you want to keep your freckles and glasses, but if I have to hear about them one more friggin' time...

Without anything to really gush about I had to shell out a two star review but I think readers who have personalities like Mikayla's will love it. When the narrative has me aching for the next page to be the last for more than a third of the book it's just not one I can recommend.



Notes: ARC received via publisher.

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