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Soon, Elusion® will change the world and life as we know it.

A new technology called Elusion is sweeping the country. An app, a visor, and a 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 ...

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Overview

Soon, Elusion® will change the world and life as we know it.

A new technology called Elusion is sweeping the country. An app, a visor, and a 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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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
03/01/2014
Gr 8 Up—In this grim sci-fi tale, Earth is destroyed by pollution and technological progress. "Elusion," a virtual reality technology that transports users to "escapes," which mimic untainted landscapes, was created by Regan Welch's father and his teen protégé, Patrick. In a world where work and school take place seven days a week and air quality is so poor that oxygen shields are often required, Elusion was meant to offer recreational getaways from the abysmal daily grind. However, Regan's father is killed in an accident, and reports surface that Elusion may have life-threatening side effects. Patrick's feelings for Regan begin to shift, especially when his friend Josh becomes a romantic rival who encourages her to take a deeper look at Patrick, Elusion, and Orexis, the company responsible for its development. Given the current reliance on smartphones, readers will have no trouble believing that virtual escape is addictive. Orexis falsifying data and endangering users to protect their bottom line is sadly also realistic. These elements, combined with the teen romance, ground the book's more fantastical aspects, such as Patrick's redesigned trippy escapes and Regan's experiences within upgraded Elusion. Unfortunately, the young scientist's characteristics and actions take on a cartoonish quality. The occasional use of swear words makes this better suited for older readers. Pithy dialogue and a cliffhanger ending will leave fans in high anticipation for the sequel. Perfect for collections where sci-fi tempered with romance flies off the shelves.—Danielle Serra, Cliffside Park Public Library, NJ
Publishers Weekly
01/20/2014
Gabel (Romeo & Juliet & Vampires) and Klam (Learning to Swim) team up in this near-future tale of the seductive virtual world of Elusion, which people can plug into and escape the realities of a seven-day work schedule and pollution so bad oxygen masks are needed to venture outdoors. Regan Welch’s father invented Elusion and died in a mysterious accident, leaving her best friend, computer prodigy Patrick Simmons, and his Orexis corporation to develop the next generation of high-definition “Escapes.” Regan is a staunch defender of Patrick and his technology, despite allegations that it’s harmful and additive, until a series of cryptic clues from her late father, a number of teens turning up comatose, and hunky bad-boy Josh make her question Elusion’s safety. A predictable love triangle (childhood friend vs. Josh and his “devastatingly beautiful amber-colored eyes”), heavy exposition, and Regan’s obliviousness bog down the story’s second act, though corporate intrigue and a dangerous venture into the virtual realm enliven the cliffhanger ending. Ages 14–up. Agent: (for Gabel) Christy Fletcher, Fletcher & Company; (for Klam) Esther Newberg, ICM. (Mar.)
Elizabeth Norris
Alluring, tense and mysterious, ELUSION will pull you into its reality and you won’t want it to let go. With plot twists you’ll never see coming, you won’t be able to turn the pages fast enough.
Sophie Jordan
A tense read full of twists, mystery and romance. Be ready for a mind-trip! ELUSION will leave you breathless!
Voya Reviews, April 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 1) - Barbara Fecteau
Elusion is a virtual world where the problems of living in the pollution-ravaged Detroit of the future fall away. Regan is the daughter of Elusion's inventor. Her father created Elusion to keep the beauty of Earth's past alive. But since his death, it has been tweaked to be a kind of fun-house attraction, and some people will do anything to make the ride last longer. Regan has to decide who to trust as she investigates the danger that may wait in Elusion. It is impossible to write about this book without it sounding like a voiceover from a movie trailer—and Elusion is certainly going to make a great movie. As a book, however, it falls a little flat. The science fiction aspect is excellent. Elusion comes alive in the writing and future Detroit is practically a character itself. The problem lies with the characters. Regan is conflicted over her friendship with Patrick, who has taken over her father's work, and her new relationship with Josh, a misunderstood bad boy. She wants to uphold her father's legacy and she wants to help her mother. She really has the weight of the world on her shoulders. So much so that she does not seem to have an actual personality. The secondary characters—childhood best friend turned maybe more; new hot guy; high school nemesis; and the concerned but clueless mother—have all been seen before. While there is not much new here, that does not mean that it will not be popular. The setting and the “science” are so well done that in spite of the clichés, fans of near-future distopian stories are going to eat this up. Reviewer: Barbara Fecteau; Ages 12 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-01-04
This series debut features a smart, surprising teaser of a plot that keeps readers off balance—in a good way—to the last page. Regan missed her dad even before his tragic death. Elusion, the form of virtual reality he developed with her best friend, Patrick, took most of his time. Now, Elusion's launch is a bittersweet triumph. For an hour, users are immersed in a beautiful Escape, forgetting life in a polluted Detroit subject to damaging acid rains, where oxygen masks are essential gear when outdoors. Not everyone is thrilled with Elusion. Regan's classmate Avery is making damaging claims that though regulators have approved it as safe, Elusion's highly addictive, putting users who've figured out how to stay longer at serious risk. While Regan rejects this, her attractive new friend, Josh, takes it seriously, and Patrick's evasions don't help. There's something wrong with Elusion, and it's been carefully covered up. The more Regan and Josh investigate, the worse it looks, causing Regan to question her dad's role as well as Patrick's. Exactly what's behind the euphoria Elusion generates is unknown, but as her father tells her when he turns up in an Escape, it's dangerous. Regan's appealing though—minor quibble—perhaps a tad too rational when responding to the reality-twisting scenarios that are thrown at her. An ingenious, compulsively readable cure for the blahs. (Science fiction. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062122438
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/18/2014
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 271,306
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • File size: 1,016 KB

Meet the Author

Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam met when Claudia edited Cheryl's previous novels, Learning to Swim and The Pretty One. Claudia works as an editor in New York, but she's also the author of several books for tweens and teens, including the In or Out series and the mash-up Romeo & Juliet & Vampires. They liked working together so much that they decided to cowrite a bunch of things, including movie proposals and TV sitcom scripts. And then one day they had the idea for Elusion, and the rest is the future.

Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam met when Claudia edited Cheryl's previous novels, Learning to Swim and The Pretty One. Claudia works as an editor in New York, but she's also the author of several books for tweens and teens, including the In or Out series and the mash-up Romeo & Juliet & Vampires. They liked working together so much that they decided to cowrite a bunch of things, including movie proposals and TV sitcom scripts. And then one day they had the idea for Elusion, and the rest is the future.

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  • Posted August 31, 2014

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    I loved it!!!!! But I'm waiting for the second book I felt like

    I loved it!!!!! But I'm waiting for the second book I felt like you left in the middle of a story.

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  • Posted August 15, 2014

    I know that they say you're not supposed to judge a book by its

    I know that they say you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but that is exactly what I did with this book. I saw it and I wanted it, not only because of the beautiful cover but I really liked the title and the concept of the book. The idea of having mental "escapes" isn't anything new, there have been quite a few YA books that features something like it, although always in different forms which makes reading them more exciting.

    I wanted to like this book more than I did. As much as I loved her name, I couldn't connect with Regan, she was a little bit too polar for me to really feel her internal struggle because it didn't feel like there was one. She jumps from fiercely protecting her father's work to pulling a Benedict Arnold and switching sides at the last minute. I felt like she didn't struggle with it enough to warrant her just saying "Okay, this looks a little like proof, I'm on your side."

    While the escapes were well built and interesting, I felt that the world that this book wasn't. We're told that the air quality is really bad, and it's hinted at some corporation, but there isn't much more than that. We know this is the future USA, and I know some authors will leave a date off to give the illusion that it is sooner than you thing, but there was nothing explaining how we got to this point and why the names of things were somewhat different, and how we started using tablets, and there was just nothing to support it.

    There was naturally a love triangle that reared its ugly head, and I think Instalove was started to make an appearance, but then it backed down. I did appreciate how at one point one rival guy was like "YOU'VE KNOWN HIM FOR FOUR DAYS!" when she was picking a stranger over the guy she claimed was her best friend. The relationships weren't well developed, we saw that Patrick was Regan's best friend, but there wasn't too much of that going on. Then Josh comes out of nowhere and she's got all these fuzzy feelings for him.

    This book was clearly left it open for another book, which I wouldn't be surprised if this turned out to be a trilogy. Also the love triangle was never resolved. So there is that, I haven't decided if I'm going to check the second book out since I was less than in love with this one, it's going to depend entirely on the cover and synopsis. This one is still worth checking out. It was a really quick read, so if you're interested and think you might like it check it out for sure.

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  • Posted July 29, 2014

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    The world in Elusion is polluted. The air you breath could kill

    The world in Elusion is polluted. The air you breath could kill you if you don't wear your mask in certain sectors. Its a bland colourless world that drags you down. Regans father created Elusion to make any different world that the user wants. In Elusion there's no pain, sadness, heartache or any negativity, its pure bliss.




    When Regans dad dies, Elusion passes to Patrick. He is Regans best friend and was a major part of Elusion. After trials with young people he is on the cusp of releasing it nationwide when rumors that Elusion is addicting surface. Patrick brushes it off as nothing more than jealousy and Regan doesn't believe it at all because her father wouldn't of released something that was dangerous!! But as disturbing evidence comes to light and Elusion starts acting strange, Regan must face the possibility that her best friend knows more than he seems and Elusion might be more than appears.




    Wow, this book was so not at ALL what I expected!!! The minute I saw the cover and read the blurb I added it to my wishlist. I was so excited to get an eArc of it but I was also apprehensive in case it would be hard to understand. Well Im glad to say that Elusion blew me away!




    When Regan lost her father, her whole world shattered. She very rarely went back into Elusion because it was very painful. She was happy to let Patrick take the reigns of everything and was really happy for him when Elusion was going global. At a party for Patrick she meets Josh, an old friend of his. They hit it off and become friends. Over time Josh tells her that his sister is an Elusion junkie. When she hears this she immediately denies it. No way can it be addicting or dangerous, but as more and more happens she knows she has to investigate. What she finds will change her life forever. Regan was an awesome character. She is smart, strong and reliable. Even when faced with a hard choice she makes the right decision. She has a level head and uses it to uncover the truth.




    Josh was another character I liked. He was very intriguing at the start and seeing his story unfold was awesome. He is strong, loyal, smart and an all round nice guy. I loved seeing his friendship with Regan unfold and become stronger. I was rooting for him from the start.




    Patrick is Regans best friend since they were small. He was an integral part of Elusion and wants success at all costs. He was a very hot and cold character for me. One minute I liked him and one minute he did something suspicious and I would change my mind. He loves Regan but blocks her at every corner from investigating Elusion. I loved the fact that he evoked such strong reactions from me though. He is a very complex character.




    Overall Elusion was mind blowing! It was fast paced and thought provoking. You could never see what was coming next. Being a sci fi book I was afraid in case it would be hard to understand with the science behind Elusion but the author explains everything clearly but with the sci fi feel to it. This book is packed with suspense, twists, mystery and an unfathomable plot that I flew through it. Its an impressive and thrilling debut and one that will be on my favourites shelf forever. It ends on a cliffhanger though but not an unsatisfactory one! Im really looking forward to book 2.

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  • Posted May 3, 2014

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a re

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and edelweiss.)
    16-year-old Regan is coming to terms with her fathers death, as the technology and company that he founded, creating a virtual reality called 'Elusion', is about to be rolled out across the US.

    When a vlogger starts slandering her father's name though, and people are talking about a possible problem with Elusion addiction, Regan is determined to find out what is really going on, and what is happening to her father's company.

    When a new kid at school Josh, then confides in her that his own sister is missing, and he thinks it's due to Elusion the stakes are raised, and Regan begins to think that she needs to take drastic action to make her father's protege Patrick reveal his secrets.
    What is going on with Elusion? Can people really become addicted to it? And what can Regan do to help?


    This was an interesting YA sci-fi story, and I liked the mystery.

    Regan was a good character, and I liked how she stood up for what she believed in. I thought it was admiral the way she stood up and fought to maintain her dead father's reputation, and I liked how she persisted in trying to learn the truth. Even when the odds were against her she kept going, and didn't lose sight of what was important.

    The storyline in this was good, and I really liked the mystery of what was going on. I thought the world building was done well, and I could totally see how people could come to be addicted to Elusion, and the other problems it could conceivably cause.
    There was some romance in this, although I didn't really appreciate the love triangle that developed. It was difficult to know who Regan should trust, but I thought she did a good job of working things out!

    The ending to this was okay, but it wasn't much of an ending at all really. I can only assume that this book must be the start of a series, and will be interested to see what happens to Regan in the next book.
    Overall; a good sci-fi mystery.
    7.25 out of 10.

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  • Posted April 29, 2014

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    I read Elusion all the way back in October of 2013. That is arou

    I read Elusion all the way back in October of 2013. That is around five months ago and I still remember most of what happened. If this isn't an indication for how unique and worthwhile this book is, then maybe my review would persuade you.Initially Elusion started off really well, with a mysterious feel surrounding Regan's, the main protagonist, dad's unexpected death as well as the whole concept of Elusion. Elusion is apparently a program her dad's company is ready to launch nationally and it is a device that transports people to any virtual world they desire. We get introduced to some characters such as her grieving mother, as well as her best friend, Patrick, who currently runs Orexis, her father's company. I initially really liked their relationship but there's so much mystery that I couldn't fully trust him. Enter Josh, the extra mysterious, in a good way, motorcycle riding, military trained, intriguing bad boy. I liked him instantly and loved how he didn't gloss over anything and spoke his mind. I also loved how he accompanied Regan in all their detective work and digging when rumors about Elusion being harmful and addicting (think heroine for our current world) spread across the media and country. I am wary of dystopian and futuristic novels being too generic however Elusion wasn't that at all. I couldn't at all predict the ending or the plot twist, and yea there is one huge twist. I loved that the romance didn't overpower the book. The love triangle wasn't even that. I think both authors wrote it really well and I liked the balance between the romance, the world building, mystery, and also adventure and revelations. The ending needs its own paragraph. I just can't believe how mind blowing it was. I gave myself a mental slap for reading Elusion so early on and having to wait six months for the book to actually come out then a year for the second book. Needless to say, this is a book with a big wow factor. Definitely one of the books that don't disappoint you, whether you're a romance fan, dystopian fan, futuristic fan, I think it'll appeal to all of you. I am excited for the second book and I can't wait for the cover reveal because the cover of Elusion is gorgeous. 

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  • Posted April 9, 2014

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    I wanted to read Elusion because first I was drawn to the bea

    I wanted to read Elusion because first I was drawn to the beautiful cover, and then I read the description and liked the premise of the advanced tech that let you escape, and also wondering about the boy and what had went wrong with the idea and company.
    I liked Regan's voice and got caught up in the story. Sometimes sci-fi and the hows and whys go over my head, so I was confused for a bit and also didn't really understand any of the science of how this could be in the realm of possibility even if we aren't there yet, so I don't know if some would have an issue, but I didn't. I was eager to find out about this world in the future that is low on oxygen and seems to have messed up any beautiful landscape since the first Escape she took with her father was such a scenic experience. But an accident killed her father and things changed and escalated with his tech. It became a source of escape, relaxation and fun for the whole city, almost ready to be released to the general population.
    I liked her friendship and the bantering between her and Patrick at the beginning and how he still made time for her, making her a priority even though he is involved with the company and running conferences and such. I so hoped that he wasn't on the corrupted or gone wrong part but tried to keep my heart protected a bit. I was also crossing my fingers for no love triangle since the synopsis mentioned the handsome rebel Josh and says that Regan will have to choose between love and loyalty.
    I enjoyed Josh's character, but ultimately I think that things progressed pretty quickly between them. It felt okay for me, but I know some of my readers have issues with the insta-love and the whole story takes place in less than a week. While I suppose there are no actual declarations of love, they become close and there is a kiss. I enjoyed the romance personally and can't wait to see how much closer they are in the next book. I liked how he was protective of Regan, and that he wasn't quick to judge her or make assumptions.
    I finished the story before I knew it, and enjoyed the world building, especially when I got a handle on the terminology and how Elusion and Escapes worked. There was some scientific talk that I didn't care to wade through, but I am sure that this will be gold for some readers. But I liked the idea of being able to use virtual reality to go to serene places when their environment seems to be devastated, needing supplemental oxygen when outside and acid rain, and not a lot of nature left.
    The whole addiction plot line made things that more layered. Figuring out who knew what and where the blame lay for teens' vulnerability for getting addicted to the substances that allow for Escape. It also gave Josh something to work for and a reason behind because he was struck close to home with his sister Nora.
    I was eager to further unravel Regan's family dynamic. There were hints of and we find out more about her father's accident and memories of their relationship. And Regan and her mom seemed to have a weird grief covered relationship and I know that at some points Regan was doubting her, and then others they were connected.
    It ended at an okay spot I suppose, but I am def eager to find out what happens with the firewall, to discover what exactly Patrick's role was in everything and see the bad guys taken down.

    Bottom Line: Fast paced sci-fi.

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  • Posted March 19, 2014

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    Thrilling and full of secrets, Elusion was a fantastic YA read.

    Thrilling and full of secrets, Elusion was a fantastic YA read. It kept me guessing and I really enjoyed reading it. Just wonderful!

    Without a doubt, the best part about the book was the rich description of the world inside Elusion. It was vivid and beautiful and brilliantly done. It brought me right into the world of Elusion with all the details, which helped me understand why so many of the characters in the book would be attached (or addicted) to it.

    Regan was a great character. She strong and very clever. She didn't take her trust for granted, though she also wan't overly suspicious. She just knew to not take what other people said, even people who she knew very well, at face value. She was determined to see for herself in order to find out the truth. I really liked her. I thought she was lovely.

    Josh was also wonderful. He was strong and extremely devoted to those he cared about. He would do anything to protect his loved ones, which is what got him into the whole tangle in the first place. He wasn't always clear about where he stood in regards to Regan and Elusion, which made him a little sketchy at first, but it was clear that everything he was doing was for his sister. He was very sweet and I totally adored him.

    The romance was very sweet. It developed slowly as Regan and Josh came to trust each other. I thought they were wonderful together.

    Patrick was confusing. On one hand, he kept the truth from Regan and did everything in his power to keep her from finding out everything that was going on. So, that made me wary of him. On the other hand, it was always clear how devoted he was to Regan and how much he cared about her. He was always very sweet to her. And, when I found out the truth of the corruption in Elusion, I ended up really liking him. 

    The plot was well paced. I was kept interested the entire way through, but I wasn't completely hooked. The mystery was thrilling and the truth totally blew me away. I never suspected what was really going on and it was a huge shock to find out the true extent of what was going on. I really enjoyed the story and the way it ended has me itching to get my hands on book 2. Can't wait to see what happens next!

    Elusion was a brilliant YA read. The romance was sweet, the world of Elusion was gorgeous, the mystery was thrilling, and the secrets were shocking. I really enjoyed reading this fantastic book. Lovers of YA, this is a book you have to read.

    *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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  • Posted March 18, 2014

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    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Elusion by C

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***




    Elusion by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam
    Book One of the Elusion series
    Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
    Publication Date: March 18, 2014
    Rating: 4 stars
    Source: eARC from Edelweiss




    Summary (from Goodreads):




    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.




    What I Liked:




    First, let us all take a really good look at that beautiful cover. Isn't it magnificent?! It has got to be one of my favorite Harper covers yet. Their design team is AMAZING, just saying. I marked this one as must-read when the cover was revealed only because of the cover. Then I read the synopsis, and I knew this book would be a winner for me. Lovely cover? Heavy on the science? Romance? Perfect for me.




    The wonderful thing about foresight is that, with books, it rarely lets me down! I really, really enjoyed this book! I mean, I was totally sucked in by the pretty cover, and then the intriguing synopsis, but the actual book itself was great.




    This book starts with a prologue that features Regan and her father testing out Elusion for the first time. When the story begins, with chapter one, we learn that Regan's father has been dead for months, and that Regan does not go to Elusion anymore. Regan's father protege (who is also Regan's friend) is now in charge of all things Elusion. This young man - Patrick - is responsible for the amazing escapist world that is Elusion - and the consequences of using Elusion. 




    Elusion isn't what it seems. Certain things were set into motion before Regan's father died. Regan doesn't trust Patrick to tell her the trust, because when she asks, she gets nothing from him. All the while, innocent users of the Elusion program are losing brain activity, getting addicted, or even dying. There is something seriously wrong with Elusion, and Regan will be the one to find the truth.




    The plot moves fairly quickly in this book, once Regan realizes that there is a problem with Elusion. The beginning is a bit slow, but understandably so, because Gabel and Klam seem to want to show readers what this world is like when everyone is using Elusion. This made the beginning drag a little, but I suppose it was necessary, to show readers without telling readers how strange Elusion is, and how wrong it is.




    Let me put Elusion into perspective for you. It's a program that you can connect to, and escape the real world. Like, virtual reality, or an alternate experience, or something. People can plug in and visit Elusion at any point, but they have a time limit every time they go to Elusion. So, the first scene of the book describes the way people are - hundreds of people are plugged in to Elusion, and they seem zoned out like zombies.




    Gabel and Klam built up the plot (and climax) of the novel gradually, but for the most part, there was never a dull moment. I wouldn't say there were too many twists and turns and unexpected curveballs, but as I was reading, I was dying to see how things would be resolved. Would Regan find out the truth about her father's death? Was Patrick responsible for the addictions? Would Nora be found?




    The ending was a little messy, in my opinion, but after reading it twice, it made sense. I can't believe Gabel and Klam would end things the way they did! It's not a cliffhanger, but let's just say I need book two in my hands right about... now. 




    Romance, did I mention anything about the romance? If you're like me (a hater of love triangles), put your mind at ease, because there isn't one (that I can see). I thought there would be one, as there is definitely potential for one, but I don't see the romance going in that direction. Regan and the male protagonist are together, and that doesn't seem like it will change. That being said, I like the romance! I like Regan and this male protagonist together. I won't say who it is though, so as not to spoil things.




    At first, I wasn't really connecting with Regan, but eventually I started to connect and really like her. Her character is a little flat, in my opinion, but there are times when she has depth to her. I just wish there was more to her that made her more unique.




    I mentioned this briefly, but this book is has a heavy science basis - which I loved! This book deals with brain chemistry and neuroscience and addictions... I really enjoyed seeing so much science in the book. There was also a good amount of technology and computer science, which was cool. The math/science nerd in me approves! 




    Overall, this is a highly enjoyable debut novel for these two authors (debut for the two paired; I know both authors have books out). It's not action-packed and extremely exciting, but the story is very interesting and the concept is relevant to today's society.




    What I Did Not Like:




    There was nothing specific that I didn't like - maybe a few pacing issues here and there. Sometimes, the plot dragged, other times, things were happening way too quickly. Like, at the very end, I had a hard time picking out what exactly was going on. I read the ending twice though, so I understood eventually.




    In general, I didn't have any problems with this book. I just wouldn't consider it a five-star read from ME, because it doesn't feel like a five-star novel. It's not a new favorite, but I am very happy with this book. I will definitely be reading the sequel!




    Would I Recommend It:




    Yesyesyes! I'm sure the pretty cover will attract many readers (just stare at it for a few seconds. It's hypnotizing, isn't it?!). BUT, the content is just as amazing as the cover. I'm quite sure that science-y people like me will be all over this one, and even if you're not a science-y person, the concept will intrigue you. And the cover is gorgeous. Did I mention that already?




    Rating:




    4 stars. I really enjoyed this book! The science really appealed to my nerdy math/science side. Bring on book two!

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