Literary Fiction

Perfect Little World

by Kevin Wilson

Quick take

Isn’t it better to try for an idealized version of the world, than not to have tried at all?

Why I love it

At a time when dystopian novels are all the rage, what a delight to read a novel about striving for perfection, no matter how short the effort may fall. If I could choose one author to write about a flawed yet earnest attempt at utopia, Kevin Wilson would be at the top of my list. Even as he relishes the absurd details in his characters’ lives, he never mocks them, never treats them with anything ...

Member thoughts

43% Love
50% Like
6% Dislike
  • Mary J.

    McLean, VA

    "The experiment was interesting and proved to be a success in the eyes of the children. However, the societal norms, expectations for difficult for some to ignore. "

  • Casey F.

    Liverpool, NY

    "I enjoyed exploring where ideology meets human nature. "

  • Mackenzie U.

    Beale AFB, CA

    "I found that this book held my interest throughout the whole thing. There weren't a lot of highs and lows, it was consistent. I hated to see it end."

  • Jeff O.

    Orem, UT

    "Fascinating concept, related to August 2017's "The Blinds," that is told with intricate detail to the characters' emotional dilemmas. "

  • Elizabeth H.

    Wichita, KS

    "I loved this book! Such a thought provoking look at family and what constitutes a family. "

  • Shannon T.

    Sterling Heights, MI

    "The social scientist in me could not get enough. The plot was woven quite intricately. "

  • Izabela P.

    Des Plaines, IL

    "AMAZING! I read it in a day, I couldn't put it down. "

  • Rhiannon S.

    Beverly, MA

    "Great until the last 10 or so pages. Ending fell very flat. "

  • Elizabeth W.

    Carrollton, TX

    "So good! An interesting idea and all of the characters weren't perfect, but you could always relate to them. Just as they should be!"

  • Gretchen S.

    Berlin, PA

    ""Perfect Little World" is a perfect little story. "

  • Sarah M.

    Albany, OR

    "Wow. An excellent read. As a psychology major, I was fascinated by the experiment and felt like I was observing the children's development in real life. What an interesting concept. Highly recommend!"