Synopses & Reviews
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 congressmans bubbly young daughter, but she doesnt expect Penn, the congressmans handsome and rebellious son. Hes 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, shes faced with an unthinkable choice. Because the only thing more dangerous than staying with Penns family is leaving…and if shes unsuccessful, shell face a fate far worse than death.
For fans of Keira Casss Selection series and Lauren DeStefanos Chemical Garden series, Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch 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.
"Compelling, imaginative, and unique. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough!" —Mary Lindsey, author of Shattered Souls
Ever since the government passed legislation allowing people to be genetically engineered and raised as pets, the rich and powerful can own beautiful girls like sixteen-year-old Ella as companions. But when Ella moves in with her new masters and discovers the glamorous life she's been promised isn't at all what it seems, shes forced to choose between a pampered existence full of gorgeous gowns and veiled threats, or seizing her chance at freedom with the boy she's come to love, risking both of their lives in a daring escape no one will ever forget. For fans of Lauren Olivers Delirium and Lauren DeStefanos Chemical Garden series, Kate Birchs debut novel melds the feel of The Handmaids Tale with the historic underground railroad and wraps it in a glamorous—and dangerous—bow.
I was bred to be the perfect pet. I was bred for my beauty and grace, to be a showpiece, an ornament to sit upon the couch, to sing, to dance, to play the piano and paint. I was bred to willingly put my owner's happiness before my own.
Until Penn. The handsome and rebellious son of the congressman who owns me, he's the only person who's seen past my perfect exterior to the girl underneath. Falling for him is forbidden. Falling for him is freeing.
But there's a dark underworld lurking beneath my pampered life. The only thing more dangerous than staying with Penn's family is escaping it, because if I fail, I face a fate far worse than death...
For fans of Kiera Cass's Selection series and Lauren DeStefano's Chemical Garden series, Perfected is a chilling look at what it means to be human, as well as a stunning celebration of the power of love to set us free, wrapped in a glamorous—and dangerous—bow.
About the Author
Kate Birch studied painting and drawing at the University of Utah and graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in 2005. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband and their three children. She exhibits her work in numerous galleries, festivals, and markets. Her work is currently being published by Poems Publishing and is sold internationally. Over the past few years her paintings have been used in multiple feature films and TV shows, such as Glee and 21 Jump Street. http://www.katebirch.com/