Volition continues the adventures of Zoe and Noah from Perception, the first novel in the series. The two are on the run from Zoe's grandfather and his evil henchmen and/or "henchborgs."
The pacing is relatively slow, but episodes of fast-paced action are interspersed every so often as Zoe and Noah seek a place of safety.
When Zoe's grandfather becomes the president, their efforts at anonymity become more difficult. President Vanderveen introduces more and more laws that make surviving a risky endeavor.
The religious overtones are there, but toned down, which makes the novel seem less didactic. I like that Noah has faith, but in this book Strauss lets it become an integral part of his personality and doesn't dwell on it.
The GAPs (genetically altered persons) vs Normals dilemma remains, but is also downplayed a bit as the additional dangers of Cyborgs and Humanoids gains prominence.
Ends with a cliff hanger.
Again, young audiences will probably enjoy the adventure and love triangle.
On the other hand, the novel can't compare to the John Marsden series Tomorrow When the War Began in depth of character or logic. Of course, there is a difference in the kind of war the young people are fighting, but Marsden excels in his ability create believable characters and situations.
Speculative Fiction/YA. 2013. 219 pages.