Authors: Claudia Gabel & Cheryl Klam
Publication date: March 18, 2014
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: ARC from publisher (Thank you, HarperCollins!)
Soon, Elusion® will change the world and life as we know it.
A new technology called Elusion is sweeping the country. An app, visor and wristband will virtually transport you to an exotic destination where adventure can be pursued without the complications—or consequences—of real life.
Regan is an Elusion insider. Or at least she used to be. Her father invented the program, and her best friend, Patrick, heir to the tech giant Orexis, is about to release it nationwide. But ever since her father’s unexpected death, Regan can’t bear to Escape, especially since waking up from the dream means crashing back to her grim reality.
Still, when there are rumors of trouble in Elusion—accusations that it’s addictive and dangerous— Regan is determined to defend it. But the critics of Elusion come from surprising sources, including Josh, the handsome skeptic with his own personal stakes. As Regan investigates the claims, she discovers a disturbing web of secrets. She will soon have to choose between love and loyalty…a decision that will affect the lives of millions.
Suspense, thrills, and romance fuel this near-future story about the seductive nature of a perfect virtual world, and how far one girl will go to uncover the truth behind the illusions.
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Embellished with an attractive cover and a promising story line, Elusion was automatically included in my Most Anticipated YA books in 2014 list. Mysterious and absorbing, its concept is like no other. Who wouldn’t want to escape reality and go to a virtual world where all things are anything but extraordinary?
What I liked about the storyare the vibrant descriptions and believable writing. Readers will feel like they’re being transported into Elusion as authors illustrated it with clarity and ingenuity. The scientific elements were presented in a factual and convincing tone that I very much acknowledge. However, I feel that the story needs background information on the “real” world of the characters in order for readers to understand its environment. Honestly, I wondered what Florapetro is the whole time I was reading the book.
The characters were flat and bland for me. There wasn’t anything about them that elicited my interest. And the romance was kind of annoying. It’s too insta-love! It was a whirlwind romance with no deep and significant reason to support the insta-love.
Reading Elusion felt like passing through a labyrinth. As lies and suspicions build up, questions and theories also arise. It was very confusing! I found it difficult to distinguish truth from a lie. It actually came to a point where I was determined to stop reading the book. Nevertheless, I continued because I was really anxious to find out if and how the mystery will be solved. Elusion is a bit predictable as there were roughly hints in the middle part of the story.
Although the ending raised more questions that left me hanging, I’m fine with how things turned out. At least one of the main character’s goals was accomplished. And that is to find her father. The revelations in the last four chapters were satisfactory. It’s good that Regan learned about the truth from her father. She deserves them after everything she’s been through.
Elusion did not work well for me yet I’m certain that those who enjoyed it are hoping for a sequel. As the ending suggests, there’s another world to look forward to.