This book was a book that delivered the unexpected.
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.
Summary: The lives of these girls are planned from the day their born. They are promised luxury as long as they behave properly. But what is behaving properly in the congressman's house? Ella is brought into situations that she was never trained for, as a pet, she knows very little, but as a person, she begins to see things for what they truly are. Even though the country labels her as property, she still has the mindset of a 16 year old girl; someone who wants to learn and experience new things, but she can't exactly show that. She is a showpiece, and if she doesn't act like it, there will be serious repercussions.
PROS: The story line of this book is so incredibly unique, it's slightly dystopian, with some aspects of reality that actually make it kind of horrifying. Is this something America might actually do? It wouldn't surprise me. There are twists and turns in every chapter; things that I never saw coming, but still made perfect sense. All the characters were perfectly created; the congressman, Ella, Ruby, Penn, the congressman's wife, all of them and more. They were written by the hand of someone who knew what they were doing. Every character was necessary, everyone had a place, and a point to make. None of them were dull, they all added something even more unique to the story.
CONS: The ending came quickly. It was a good ending, it felt right with the rest of the story, but it felt like it was just rushed in there. The book didn't lack anything, except for maybe an ending that had a little bit more explaining to it. That is my only complaint.
Rate: This book was absolutely beautiful; it was elegant, interesting, horrifying, exciting. It was all those things and more. THIS IS A MUST READ. IF YOU ARE ANY KIND OF READER, YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK, 4.5 out of 5 books (because books are better than stars).