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Peek Inside Perfected

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...

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A 2015 Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence Finalist in the Young Adult with Romantic Elements category
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.


"Perfected has landed itself as one of my all-time favorites, and I find myself talking about it often and passionately. It was just so well done and unique! If you enjoyed any of my recommends below, I suspect (and hope) you'll love Perfected just as much!" --The Obsessive Bookseller, Goodreads

"This book was absolutely amazing and I am dying to read more!! My heart broke in two when the ending of this book suddenly crept upon me!" --Shilo Harney, Goodreads

"I'm not going to lie. I adored Perfected. Once I got into the story, nothing could draw me away from it." --Kristen Cansler, Goodreads

"Perfected is absolutely wonderful! The story is based on a completely new concept and kept me riveted and interested throughout the entire book!" --Lynndell, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622662692
Series: Perfected, Book 1
Release Date: Jul 1, 2014
Page Count: 304
Imprint: teen
Genre: dystopian, sci-fi, young adult
Tropes: bodyguard/protector, forbidden love/off limits, overcoming odds

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By Nasom August 22, 2018

Full Review
This is one of those books I did not even know existed or remembered that I actually added to my tbr pile lol. I decided to give it a go and I actually quite liked it.

What I liked
- I found the concept interesting and unique: A world where some girls are made (literally with genetical ...more

By Sarah Elizabeth November 24, 2015

This was an enjoyable YA Sci-Fi/dystopian story, and I’m looking forward to book 2.

Poor Ella was treated like a dog at times in this book, and I could see why people were so against the whole ‘pet’ thing, because it was like one person owning another. I thought it really bad that the pets hadn’t bee ...more

By Danielle's March 17, 2018

Perfected is the first book in a series. Book 3 is due out at the beginning of April.

The elite families want to own the latest in thing and when money comes easy anything is possible. Congressman passed the bill and now to show good faith he must have a show pet.

Human's are being genetically modif ...more

By Jessica July 01, 2014

Is there a sequel? For the love of God, someone tell me if there's going to be a sequel! I NEED A FREAKING SEQUEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *composes self* Ok, I'm good. But for real. I'm gonna need more because that ending was NOT okay with me! I mean it was, but.... but..... sigh. The ending was imperfectly p ...more

By Mary February 09, 2017

The legislative and ethical exploration of cloning is what intrigued me the most about Perfected. That, and the fact it is not post apocalyptic or post regime change. It takes place with our current system of government intact. No plagues, wars, or coups change the rules. Our own process allows it. ...more

By Niki Hawkes January 01, 2018

Perfected was my FAVORITE read of 2014. That's right, 20-frigging-14! And I loved it so much that I hadn't felt ready to compose a review for it up until this point (which is really stupid considering how often I find myself talking about it, even over a year later). Have you ever enjoyed something ...more

By Shilo July 04, 2014

What?!?? I wish I could rate higher than 5!

This book was absolutely amazing and I am dying to read more!! My heart broke in two when the ending of this book suddenly crept upon me!

The story line makes you think a lot: how we treat our pets, how we treat people, etc.

These people treated their HUMAN ...more

By Sarah Elizabeth September 14, 2014

(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.)
16-year-old number 8 is a pet; genetically engineered, bred in a kennel, and raised to be subservient to her master.
When she is bought by a councilman, she’s given t ...more

By Charlie December 09, 2019

This was a really unique YA dystopian. There was no destroyed earth, corrupt government or maniacal leaders to depose, it was just about people and it honestly got to me far more than some of the epic dystopians I've read. Now that I've finished this I feel pretty heartbroken.

It kills me that after ...more

By Abbie November 24, 2015

I felt really sorry for Ella in this. The way she was treated like a dog was awful.

The pacing in this was quite slow, and parts of the story were predictable, but I really enjoyed it.

This ended on a cliffhanger, and I really want to read book two now to find out what happens next!

By Zey May 03, 2019

Gerçekten bayıldım. Hiç bu tarz bir distopya okumamıştım. Çok çok hoşuma gitti.


Duygular olmadan sözcükler anlamsızdı.


Hayatımın geri kalanını her şeyin farklı olmasını isteyerek geçirebilirdim, ama gerçek olamayacak bir şeyi dilemek faydasızdı.


Aklımı dolduran düşünceler bir başkasına, on ...more

By Kristen February 09, 2015

The Good

The Bad
•Lack of background information

I'm not going to lie. I adored Perfected. Once I got into the story, nothing could draw me away from it. I'm the last person in the world who hasn't read the Selection series, so I was fascinated with my first ...more

By Paula M March 07, 2020

Well, that's new. Perfected has a very thought provoking premise.

The story is about Ella, a girl in our world, but a pet in a world she's living in. She was born or maybe made to make her Masters happy. And she's completely fine with that. She obeys and she doesn't complain at all. But all is change ...more

By Ashtyn July 01, 2014

This story idea isn't super original in the dystopian arena, but the writing style and the interesting developments within the novel made it stand out as I read. This is a beautiful and terrifying world that Kate Jarvik Birch has woven and the story she takes us on, while not as dark as I expected i ...more

By Jessie July 02, 2014

Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch is this delightfully creepy story about "pets" — but not animal pets, human female pets. The government has passed legislation that these genetically altered humans can be kept as pets by the rich and powerful. Ella is one of these pets and has been chosen as a compani ...more

By megHan July 17, 2014

I received a copy of this in exchange for an unbiased review. No other consideration was offered, expected or received.

This is a very interesting and fun story, where the family pet is a human specially bred, raised in a kennel and trained. But there’s more to her than that, just like there’s more t ...more

By Anna 'Bookbuyer' September 11, 2018

I wasn't crazy about this book. It had a really interesting concept but I didn't really connect with any of the characters.

The idea that genetically modified humans could be pets was what lured me in but I never felt the sparkle I need to to really enjoy this book. While not really annoying I didn't ...more

By Allie May 04, 2015


By Joelie February 07, 2019

This is the dystopian/romance series I have been looking for since I finished reading the selection series.
It’s a controlled world with stupid laws and a romance that will just end in disaster. It’s awesome! Exactly what I needed. And there is 3 books to binge read which is exactly what I am doing. ...more

By Ashley March 13, 2016

This review and more can be found at The A P Book Club!

*I received this book from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review*

This book! I don't even know where to start, I loved pretty much everything about this book, this story, and the world. It's so interesting and unique and it was de ...more

By Nicky September 23, 2014

I do enjoy a healthy dollop of Dystopia! Perfected certainly filled the brief there. It was an interesting idea along the same lines as the Chemical Garden series, only in my opinion written much better.

The plot wasn’t so intricate that you needed a notepad and pen to keep up, but enough to keep you ...more

By Gabic April 27, 2016

Original review at Gabic Reads. ARC received via Netgalley.

Perfected, like most dystopian novels, makes you question human morals and ethics. It makes you wonder if that's something that could actually happen in the future. Americans have turned to a different kind of slavery. But instead of the sla ...more

By jasmine July 13, 2015

this book and I have an odd sort of relationship with one another. I actually didn't mind the literal objectification of women - the way it was handled was good to me, nice and direct with how it was wrong to treat human beings as if you could own them simply because of your privilege.

however, I di ...more

By Books March 22, 2015

Perfected is a comfortably paced and relaxing read. Ella, first known as Eight, is part of the latest status symbol for the wealthy; genetically engineered girls owned as pets. Unfortunately the Kimballs, who own Ella, already have a rather shady history with these exotic pets.

This book introduces ...more

By Selma May 26, 2015

I really enjoyed reading this book. Though I do wish that the story had more world building, because I did really want to know how the whole owning girls as pets became a thing, and was actually legalized. I also believe that, more knowledge about the world would have made the book frightening.

The ...more

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Kate Jarvik Birch

About the author

Kate Jarvik Birch

Kate Jarvik Birch is a visual artist, author, playwright, daydreamer, and professional procrastinator. As a child, she wanted to grow up to be either a unicorn or mermaid. Luckily, being a writer turned out to be just as magical. Her essays and short stories have been published in literary journals including Indiana Review and Saint Ann's Review. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband and three kids. To learn more visit

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