By: Charlotte Roth
Length: 251 pages
Published: January 31st 2018
You are invited to live in a perfect world … all you have to do is leave everything and everyone behind. Do you go?
Amy and Jack have anything but the perfect life. Struggling for years to get pregnant, they are broke and heartbroken.
When a team of fertility doctors and plastic surgeons handpick them to come live in a beautiful walled community with no violence, guns, pedophiles, pollution, or ugliness … and promise to give them a healthy baby, Amy and Jack agree to leave everything and everyone behind—including the only family they have left, Amy’s disabled brother Liam—and start a life together in this amazing new world.
Soon, strange things begin to happen in the community, and Jack and Amy discover that true beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
They are now forced to ask themselves how far they are willing to go to get the perfect life…
Planet Perfect. Sounds pretty perfect right? I was wary of reading a book about perfection, that puts a lot of weight onto a book. Does it not? I mean perfect literally is in the title. And let me tell you what a perfect little story this was. Ok, maybe not too perfect since it didn’t get a perfect score. (Wow, that’s a lot of perfects in one paragraph.)
Everyone wants that life, the life where everything goes your way. You live in a safe neighborhood, your healthy and happy. Nothing goes wrong. Unfortunately, no matter what perfection can’t be achieved. What you find as perfect the next person you run into may not.
This novel explores not only one person perspective of perfection but Amy journey through fertility. While is perfect in every sense from the outside person view, internally she dealing with the inability to carry a child.
Jack, Amy’s husband. Jack seems pretty much, think Jack for This is Us. Yeah, you know “Hold my crockpot” guy, that Jack. Yep, Jack meet Jack. They essentially come off way too similar. To the point that it not a good thing. It really came off as seeming like Jack wasn’t given much though just copied. I don’t know if this book was planned before This is us came out and it’s just coincidence or if he was the inspiration behind Planet Perfect Jack, but the uncanniness is just overwhelming.
The storyline was quick but yet very prominent, It flowed meticulously from chapter to chapter that is until the grand finale. Personally, I would have loved it not to end that way and a second book be written. But given this was a standalone, I still found the ending to be a tad predictable and kinda of just thrown together just to have a conclusion. I just didn’t feel like the Dr would have allowed it to end the way it did.
Now your thinking “The Dr”, who is this doctor, well, without giving too much away he or I should say they help Jack and Amy in their struggle with fertility. They are the key to the story and might I add give me the hibbie jibbies. Every single one of them total creep vibes.
I found myself asking more than once what would I give up for perfection, and placing myself in Amy shoes, wondering if that price is too high.
Overall I found this to be easy, quick and dedicated to its plot. I enjoyed the read. This isn’t the first Roth book that I read and it most certainly will not be the last. She has a way if her writing that really tugs at your heartstrings.