Fate of Perfection

Fate of Perfection

In a corporate-controlled future where the ruling conglomerates genetically engineer their employees, Millicent Foster is the best of the best.Physically perfect and exceptionally intelligent, Millicent is granted the uncommon privilege of breeding. But her daughter inherits more than superior genetics…little Marie has a rare ability that the world has never seen, and her...

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Title:Fate of Perfection
Author:K.F. Breene
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:330 pages

Fate of Perfection Reviews

  • Sarah
    Nov 27, 2016

    As a huge fan of

    Warrior Chronicles I was thrilled to be offered an advance copy of the first book in her new science fiction series. Although the two series couldn't be more different they both contain brilliant world building and wonderful characters and I'm very excited to follow the journey this new series is going to take us on.

    is set in a distant future where major corporations have overtaken the government and now control everything from who where people l

    As a huge fan of

    Warrior Chronicles I was thrilled to be offered an advance copy of the first book in her new science fiction series. Although the two series couldn't be more different they both contain brilliant world building and wonderful characters and I'm very excited to follow the journey this new series is going to take us on.

    is set in a distant future where major corporations have overtaken the government and now control everything from who where people live, the jobs they are allowed to do and even whether their genes are used to create the next generation. Most people are actually sterile lab-made clones and there are very few humans born the natural way anymore. Millicent is one of the rare natural born humans and she's well known for her superior intelligence and her expertise at designing weapons. She is allowed the privilege of giving birth to a child of her own but she's only supposed to be involved in her child's life until the baby can be weaned. What they weren't banking on is the bond that she forms with her daughter and when Millicent realises what Moxidone has planned for Marie she is determined to protect her at all costs.

    I'm not going to go into much more detail about the plot because it's always much more fun to discover the details by reading the book for yourself but what follows is a fast paced and action packed story that will have you on the edge of your seat. Millicent is a brilliant character, she initially comes across as a little cold but it doesn't take long to realise that she's playing a role to ensure her own survival. She knows that she would be in danger if Moxidone realised she was "emotionally unstable" so she keeps her normal human emotions hidden deeply. Once Marie comes along she finds it harder and harder to play the role society expects of her though and when her security guard Ryker offers her a glimmer of hope she knows she has to take the chance that offers her.

    had everything I could want from a futuristic sci-fi - a completely believable (if more than a little scary!) world, fun technology, dangerous situations, great characters, amusing banter and a touch of romance - and I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel!

    Received from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

  • ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
    Sep 19, 2016

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  • ReadingisMyEscape
    Dec 01, 2016

    3.5 Conflicting Stars

    First let me say that I love KF’s work. The Darkness Series is one of my all-time favorite and I frequently re-read them. Stephan and Sasha are one of my top Paranormal/Supernatural couples. KF has a way of creating an amazing universe for all of her character to live in that is not only fantastic but also realistic.

    That being said I’m not sure what to think of the world that has been created in Fate of Perfection. It has a very cold feel to it and I’m not just talking about

    3.5 Conflicting Stars

    First let me say that I love KF’s work. The Darkness Series is one of my all-time favorite and I frequently re-read them. Stephan and Sasha are one of my top Paranormal/Supernatural couples. KF has a way of creating an amazing universe for all of her character to live in that is not only fantastic but also realistic.

    That being said I’m not sure what to think of the world that has been created in Fate of Perfection. It has a very cold feel to it and I’m not just talking about the temperature. There are not a lot of emotions in this world therefore it makes the connection between the H and h feel less believable. In fact, most emotions are nullified with drugs or are wiped out via an implant that all the humans have been issued. Actions are regulated and while people have free will it’s to a lesser extent. The normal in this world is to be unfeeling and solely focused on your profession.

    In this book we follow Ryker, top level head of security, and Millicent, top level weapons developer, on their journey to save their daughter. Their daughter is somewhat of an experiment. Genetically she was tampered with to enhance her brain activity. Ryker and Millicent were selected as parents because of their higher level of function and aptitude. When the traits that Ryker and Millicent both had were added to the tampering their daughter became extremely powerful and coveted by the conglomerate that both Ryker and Millicent work for.

    Stepping out of the society norm Millicent loves her daughter and wants to save her. She has a plan to get her daughter, Marie, off the planet but in order to succeed she requests the assistance of Ryker. Despite the fact that Ryker and Millicent have a daughter together they have no real feelings for each other, Millicent conceived medically..no sex. In fact, Millicent was unaware that Marie was Ryker’s daughter until she noticed specific characteristics.

    Through the fight (and there are plenty of fights so there is no lack of action) to get Marie off the planet there are some emotions developed between Ryker and Millicent, however, due to how cold and unfeeling they both were I had a hard time really believing their affections for each other. Even their sex left me feeling unsatisfied.

    However, despite the lack of emotion that I felt from the book and from the relationship between Ryker and Millicent I did enjoy the book . Yes, the world was very cold but it was so intricate that I just couldn’t help getting sucked into it. I will absolutely be reading the next book because I just “have” to know how it ends!! I also feel that we will get more emotions from the second book as it takes place 2 years out and all the characters have had time to learn to “feel” more.

    I loved that Millicent was a strong character. She was able to stand on her own two feet and didn’t always require Ryker’s help. Many times she saved the day. I also loved how she was willing to go against the whole conglomerate to save her daughter.

    As for Ryker, he took some warming up to but I did enjoy his character. He’s extremely alpha and a bred protector. Upon finding out that Marie is his daughter he includes her and Millicent in his protective bubble – he’s willing to do anything for them despite a lack of feelings.

    Trent, a side character and the doctor that was kidnapped to help Ryker and Millicent with Marie, was by far my favorite character. He was the character that I felt the most emotions from and I absolutely adored him. He was more realistic to me because he wasn’t perfect.

    For me this could have easily been a five star read if the following two things would have been included:

    *A prologue revealing how the world ended up in the shape that it did. This was sorta explained later in the book but being thrown into it without any knowledge from the get go was a little disorienting.

    *More feelings. I sometimes felt Millicent and Ryker’s love for Marie but it wasn’t nearly enough. Simply fighting for her does indicate a level of feelings and affection but we didn’t get much beyond that. Plus, I needed more feelings between Ryker and Millicent. They have the ability to be a very strong couple...I just want to feel that they love each other and that it extends beyond Rykers protective bubble.

  • Fabi
    Jan 20, 2017

    This is a dystopian

    novel. It has the the typical high action plot pitting a small group against the all-powerful establishment. I enjoyed all the technology and world building. The tension and action builds up quickly and keeps building throughout the book. Never slowing down until the very end.

    For romance we are given a smart, uber-alpha, big muscled, trained to fight hero with that hidden soft spot we all love to see our h bring out. She is a tough lady too. Very smart yet innocent. T

    This is a dystopian

    novel. It has the the typical high action plot pitting a small group against the all-powerful establishment. I enjoyed all the technology and world building. The tension and action builds up quickly and keeps building throughout the book. Never slowing down until the very end.

    For romance we are given a smart, uber-alpha, big muscled, trained to fight hero with that hidden soft spot we all love to see our h bring out. She is a tough lady too. Very smart yet innocent. The role she is forced to play shows us a huge heart. She has to deal with new feelings that confuse her but never deter her. These two lock horns time after time and their one-upmanship and snarky dialogue is a lot of fun to read.

    I think Amazon may have misrepresented this book as sci-fi. Even though dystopian is science fiction, it is a specialized sub-genre. Add to that a very strong romance theme and you end up with a novel that doesn't really fit into the sci-fi category.

    Me...I guess I got really lucky because I read sci-fi as well as romance. I even read the occasional sci-fi romance. But my very favorite is the dystopian sub-genre. Most of those are YA. This one is definitely NOT YA. It has it all. Violence, strong language, and sexual situations.

    If you're looking for an adult dystopian with a strong helping of romance, give this one a try. I really enjoyed it. I listened to the Audible version which has excellent narration by Angela Dawe.

  • Cheryl
    Dec 05, 2016

    Thank goodness this was free with Amazon Prime. Without spoilers, here we go:

    -the heroine is the best at something in the world

    -but she's laughably bad at that without the hero

    -making disgusting, diminishing, patronizing remarks, over and over again to the heroine just proves your sexy dominance.

    -there's nothing LIKABLE about the hero. seriously. Not one thing. The author uses world building as a way to explain away having personality or a basic history.

    -as a mom of two, I

    Thank goodness this was free with Amazon Prime. Without spoilers, here we go:

    -the heroine is the best at something in the world

    -but she's laughably bad at that without the hero

    -making disgusting, diminishing, patronizing remarks, over and over again to the heroine just proves your sexy dominance.

    -there's nothing LIKABLE about the hero. seriously. Not one thing. The author uses world building as a way to explain away having personality or a basic history.

    -as a mom of two, I had a real problem with the whole "let me override your treadmill bc you're pregnant, and I don't want you to run, even though it's better for you" subplot.

    -the "toddler in tow" is more like a "useful plot device in tow" .... You can go through pages and pages of crashes and shooting and the most you get about the toddler is, "whee". That's not how toddlers are, and it doesn't treat the child as a PERSON.

    I admit, I skipped about 30% in the middle, hoping it would get better. It did not.

  • Bookphile
    Dec 07, 2016

    Bit of a rant ahead.

    This is not science fiction and should not be marketed as such. This is a science fiction romance. There is a difference. I very much enjoy reading science fiction. I do not like sci-fi romance, hence I am not this book's target audience. Fortunately, I got it free as a Kindle First book, because I would be mighty peeved otherwise. That is one strike.

    Strike two:

    Bit of a rant ahead.

    This is not science fiction and should not be marketed as such. This is a science fiction romance. There is a difference. I very much enjoy reading science fiction. I do not like sci-fi romance, hence I am not this book's target audience. Fortunately, I got it free as a Kindle First book, because I would be mighty peeved otherwise. That is one strike.

    Strike two:

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  • Cath
    Dec 16, 2016

    This was marketed to me by Kindle First as Science Fiction. It does have intriguing sci-fi elements but it's mostly an infuriatingly written sometimes immature romance crossed with some sort of weird family saga set against a soft sci-fi backdrop. The world building is why this gets two stars rather than one. The idea of big corporations taking over everything and engineering humanity for their own purposes has been done before but it's still an interesting idea. It's a shame it's just scene-set

    This was marketed to me by Kindle First as Science Fiction. It does have intriguing sci-fi elements but it's mostly an infuriatingly written sometimes immature romance crossed with some sort of weird family saga set against a soft sci-fi backdrop. The world building is why this gets two stars rather than one. The idea of big corporations taking over everything and engineering humanity for their own purposes has been done before but it's still an interesting idea. It's a shame it's just scene-setting for everything that I found wrong with this book.

    I'm a hard sci-fi kind of girl more than romance with sci-fi wrapping paper so I'm simply not this book's target audience. I'm also not against romance in general but even then I couldn't get behind this one. It was like it was written by a horny inexperienced teenage girl in places. There's a near-constant fixation on the outline of and slapping of the main male character's penis that I would've been embarrassed to write even in my private diary in case anyone read it (I personally tended to keep those thoughts just in my head!) If a man insults me and undermines me I don't care how manly his manly big boulder shoulders are - I'm going to think he's a massive jerk. In my 20s I well and truly grew out of the idea that a man was essentially pulling my hair because he likes me. Having said that, this is a trope that has always bothered me even when I WAS a teenage girl. The genetic justifications for it just made me roll my eyes. As I said, just not for me.

    The author isn't a bad writer by any means but I really found this a chore to get through as it wasn't what I was led to believe.

  • Tamzin Dunn
    Dec 28, 2016

    Interesting idea, not well written, poor character development, wins my worst book read this year, sorry!

  • Tilmer Jr.
    Jan 12, 2017

    I picked up this book as a free selection as a part of my Prime account. I had not heard of this author before, but she was billed as a “bestselling author” and the synopsis sounded terrific. Had I realized that the author’s primary genre was romance I would have given it a pass. I am not a romance novel fan by any stretch. That’s not a knock against anyone who is – to each their own. It just makes me a bad reviewer for this particular work. Keep that in mind as you read my comments. They are no

    I picked up this book as a free selection as a part of my Prime account. I had not heard of this author before, but she was billed as a “bestselling author” and the synopsis sounded terrific. Had I realized that the author’s primary genre was romance I would have given it a pass. I am not a romance novel fan by any stretch. That’s not a knock against anyone who is – to each their own. It just makes me a bad reviewer for this particular work. Keep that in mind as you read my comments. They are no doubt colored by my preferences.

    I found the characters unlikeable, particularly the lead male. The story takes place in a dystopian future wherein the production and raising of children is managed by the state. Sexual relationships are discouraged and even suppressed by the use of drugs. As a result, the lead female in the story is extremely naïve with regard to this topic. The lead male, conversely, is an absolute pig. He spends the majority of his dialog with the female essentially sexually harassing her with wildly offensive comments in an attempt to wear her down and claim her as a conquest. She is inexplicably OK with this outside of the occasional return volley of insults. The male’s physical characteristics are apparently enough for the female to overlook his inexcusable behavior toward her. This makes little sense because the female lead is depicted as extraordinarily gifted intellectually and physically. She may be naïve, but she is strong, independent and smart. Why she puts up with the pig is hard to fathom. Eventually, when the two consummate their extremely ugly relationship, it comes across very much like rape. The overbearing, physically dominating and constantly berating male takes advantage of the naivete of the female to get his way with her. Disgusting. I hope this kind of thing is not common in the Romance genre. It was disturbing.

    There is also a small child present throughout much of the novel. She is about two years old. The characters spend the majority of the story in an ultra-violent series of fights and chases. There are encounters with teeming hordes of enemies, explosions, gunfire, hand to hand combat, and lots of blood and guts. The reader is forced to accept that a secondary character, kind of along for the ride, is able to simply bounce the baby on his knee and keep her safe and happy the whole time. This didn’t fly with me at all.

    The book is riddled with profanity and sophomoric innuendo that kept me in a generally uncomfortable mood the whole time. I am generally turned off by this sort of thing. Again – that’s a preference. Others may find those things OK. I don’t. There are a huge number of bodies ripped and torn apart along the way. The depiction of these deaths is generally very graphic and will not appeal to more sensitive readers. I found at least one fight sequence to be very hard to believe due to the inconsistency in the description of the numbers and nature of the protagonists’ enemies. I was literally rolling my eyes in between paragraphs.

    Editing is also an issue with this book. I was surprised that someone with “bestselling author” next to their name would produce a work with glaring errors. Self-published, emerging or struggling writers can sometimes be forgiven for the occasional typo, but there were too many problems in a book that is supposedly professionally published. Three specific goofs stand out in my memory. (1) The female lead’s computer is described as being in a diagnostic “mood” rather than “mode”. (2) A computer is described as displaying a “syntax error” on the screen. Anyone in IT will tell you that a syntax error is related to a malformed command or program instruction and is not something presented to an operator or end user as a warning or error condition during normal operation of software. (3) A sentence begins with the lead male gunning down enemies and ends with the shooter being the female. That one was really weird.

    Some may like this book, but I did not. I almost didn’t write this review because I feel a little bit unqualified since I really don’t live in the romance genre at all. The sci-fi angle appealed to me so I dove in. I’m pretty stubborn about reading so if I start a book, by golly, I am going to finish it! I will not be following this series, however. It’s not my cup of tea. The author has a following and I can only assume that is for a good reason. Maybe this is an exception and the rest of her work is fine.

  • Lena
    Dec 31, 2016

    With a hundred more pages of detail and character this could have really been something. Sigh.

    What we have here is the skeleton of an action sci-fi dystopia. A few corporations rule the world and control human breeding. Most of it is done by labs but exceptional people get natural birthing opportunities... before the company reclaims the product at two years of age. Thus the set up is two exceptional people fighting to keep their child. In this scenario they have the option of escaping to an off

    With a hundred more pages of detail and character this could have really been something. Sigh.

    What we have here is the skeleton of an action sci-fi dystopia. A few corporations rule the world and control human breeding. Most of it is done by labs but exceptional people get natural birthing opportunities... before the company reclaims the product at two years of age. Thus the set up is two exceptional people fighting to keep their child. In this scenario they have the option of escaping to an off world paradise. I pray for this option to manifest in my life daily as January 20th approaches.

    It was the action scenes that needed the most work. I had no idea what anything looked like or sometimes even what was going on. In my mind I gave the whole thing a Blade Runner vibe with some Star Wars action thrown in. Still, that was

    not the author.

    I can't give this more than three stars. I may or may not read the subsequent books.