From School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—It is 2034, and the world is still dealing with the aftereffects of a vaccine that caused .003 percent of the population to develop superpowers of precognition (eludere), body manipulation (dauthus), perfect memory (eidos), levitation (levitas), telepathy (mentalist), mind control (dominus), or the ability to cast illusions (illusive). All Americans must wear tags that indicate that they were vaccinated and tested for "adverse effects." People who test positive (and are not wealthy enough to acquire false tags) are forced into government work or the military. Or they become criminals. Continuing where Illusive (Little, Brown, 2014) left off, this sequel finds Ciere and Alan now working for the Gyr Syndicate, the most powerful mob in America. Ciere is learning to hone her powers of illusion while helping to eliminate a rival crime organization. Devon, a secret eidos, has been kicked out of another boarding school and is offered an internship with Homeland Security. Daniel, an eludere, is under control of a dominus and is partnered with a federal agent to try to stop the kidnapping of hidden positives. Lloyd-Jones deftly weaves several plot strands, using flashbacks to impart background information. Snappy dialogue and harrowing action scenes move the twisting plot along and maintain suspense throughout. The three main characters alternate first-person narration, so readers learn their innermost thoughts and empathize with these kids who are caught up in uncertain and dangerous circumstances. Fans of the series will be breathlessly waiting for the next installment. VERDICT A must-read for fans of intrigue and superpowered villains.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
Praise for Deceptive:
"Shootouts, betrayal, undercover ops, and a determined hitman with his sights on Ciere keep the adrenaline pumping, all while the teens do some serious soul searching...[Deceptive is] more political in its focus, zeroing in on human rights; readers attracted to action and government conspiracy will be easily engrossed and walk away hoping for more."
"Lloyd-Jones deftly weaves several plot strands, using flashbacks to impart background information. Snappy dialogue and harrowing action scenes move the twisting plot along and maintain suspense throughout...A must-read for fans of intrigue and superpowered villains."―School Library JournalPraise for Illusive:
* "Boasting a complex plot, heart-stopping bursts of action, and questions regarding human nature, Lloyd-Jones' thought-provoking, multifaceted narrative neatly sidesteps categorization as just another superhero or dystopian novel--though fans of both will be drawn to the material and be pleasantly surprised. An impressive debut guaranteed to disappear from the shelves before your very eyes."
―Booklist (starred review)
"Superpowered teens screw up repeatedly in this crime-caper debut... Lloyd-Jones relishes the details of criminal undertakings and con jobs but also builds a believable world of haves and have-nots, unaffected and immune... [Entertaining] and unpredictable. Readers may also want to check out the Wild Card series edited by George R.R. Martin for a similar take on superpowers. An action-packed adventure with a charming criminal crew."―Kirkus Reviews
"Multiple plot twists and the present-tense narrative heighten Ciere, Devon, and Daniel's sense of paranoia as they struggle to survive in a world in which it is often difficult to tell the good guys from the bad guys. A thrilling read."
―School Library Journal