- Series: Elusion (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (March 31, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062122444
- ISBN-13: 978-0062122445
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #987,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Elusion® was hailed as an exciting leap in technology—a confectionary, euphoric virtual world of crystal beaches and orange skies—until users began to disappear amid rumors of addiction. At first, Regan Welch refused to believe her father's invention could be harmful, but her search for the truth led her and her new boyfriend, Josh, to Etherworld, another dimension located behind the program's firewall, where more shocking secrets about Elusion are finally exposed.
Etherworld may be dark and bleak, but to Regan's surprise, it's actually a refuge. Her father and others are here for protection from the enticing stimuli of Elusion, but the longer they stay, the less likely they'll be able to return to the real world. In order to escape they must attack Elusion from within the program, but even if they succeed, Regan and her friends will have to prevent the powerful company that developed Elusion from distributing it to the masses. Regan can only hope that they'll be able to stop the company before it's too late, but the danger may have grown beyond anyone's control.
This enthralling sequel to Elusion is a fast-paced thriller with romance, action, and worlds layered with deception.
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I think the program becoming aware and fighting back on its own is harder to believe, but was a fun couple books all in all.
Etherworld by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam
Book Two of the Elusion series
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: March 31, 2015
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher
Summary (from Goodreads):
In this sequel to Elusion, three teens fight a virtual reality program that threatens to destroy their minds. Dangerous secrets and lies add up to a thrilling futuristic fantasy with an Inception-inspired twist.
Elusion was hailed as an exciting leap in technology—until users began to disappear amid rumors of addiction. Regan’s search for the truth led her and her new love interest, Josh, to Etherworld. Etherworld is a dimension hidden deep beyond Elusion's firewall, where players can hide, and ultimately fight back. Regan's father and others are here working to destroy Etherworld, but the longer they stay the less likely they'll be able to return to the real world alive.
Escape means attacking Elusion from within the program. It's dangerous and it’s a puzzle. And even if they manage it, how will they be able to stop Orexis from distributing Elusion to the masses when the people who run it are corrupt?
What I Liked:
I really enjoyed this book! This duology was pretty amazing, if I may say so myself. I'm a huge fan of science fiction, high stakes, simple romance - and gorgeous book covers! So you could say that I personally hit the jackpot with this series. Also, I've met Cheryl Klam in September 2014 (she gave me a gorgeous signed ARC of this book!), and she's amazing! I have no doubt that Claudia is just as wonderful and kind. Anyway. On to the review!
Etherworld picks up where Elusion left off. Regan, Josh, Regan's father, and a group of teenagers are stuck in Etherworld, a type of safe place within Elusion in which users (of the Elusion app) can hide. Regan's father is currently in Etherworld and leads Regan and Josh there. With the group of teenagers (including Josh's sister Nora), Regan, Josh, and Regan's father try to take down Etherworld - and Elusion.
But Etherworld is not so easy to destroy, and neither is Elusion. Regan is pulled from Etherworld when Patrick drags her out and wakes her up. Thinking she has nanopsychosis, he takes her to the hospital against her will. Regan will stop at nothing to get her father, Josh, and other users out of Etherworld, and destroy Elusion for good. But there are greater factors, more powerful players at work. Lives are at stakes in a virtual world that has its claws deeply entrenched in a futuristic society.
What a fascinating concept, virtual reality. Be sure to check out my "Science in Fiction" post for Etherworld - I discussed the pros and cons of virtual reality. In Elusion/Etherworld, the virtual world of Elusion is a tempting and scary one. It is paradise, because you can go to this magical wonderful place and seem and feel so happy. But people get addicted to the world, and there are serious health effects to using the app for a long time. The app wasn't meant to be used all the time, often, for long periods of time.
Just like in Elusion, Etherworld moved rapidly. The beginning is a bit slow, but probably to me, because I didn't remember some specific things that happened in Elusion, so I had to drag through the beginning of this book, and things started returning. The authors did a great job of recapping events briefly and sporadically, so that feeble brains (such as my own) don't get confused. I appreciated that!
I really liked the characters in this book/series. Regan is a likable heroine, and it's easy to root for her. She's stuck in some difficult situations in this book, and I wanted to shake her for not trying harder to get out of the hospital (I mean, she definitely worked hard to get out, but from the start, not really). She's so loyal to her friends and family, and this is both a good thing and sometimes, a bad thing. She trusted Patrick with the information she found in Etherworld, and he turned around and took her to the hospital. So, loyal and trusting is a good and bad thing.
Josh is sweet and protective as always. Regan's father is overworked and stress as usual, but it scares Regan. When Regan comes back to the real world, she also starts looking for her father's body. Someone (Patrick's mother) is keeping her father alive, and trapped in Elusion (Etherworld, really).
I always felt bad for Patrick, and I disliked him a bit in the first half of this book, but by the end of this book, I liked him. He's a product of loyalty and trust towards his family (like Regan), but unfortunately for him, his family was on the wrong side of things. Patrick grows significantly in this book, and makes his own decisions and stands for them.
The romance is so sweet and lovely! No love triangle, as I mentioned in my review of Elusion. Josh and Regan have a tender relationship, but sparks definitely fly in this book. I kind of wanted more from the romance in this book, but at the same time, I liked the simplicity.
The end... the end of another series. I liked the end of this book a lot. It was a little bit cookie-cutter perfect, but I'd rather that than an everyone-dies-and-the-romance-is-ruined type of ending!
What I Did Not Like:
I mentioned that I wanted more from the romance in this book! Not a huge deal, and definitely not a major dislike or anything, but I thought the story could benefit just a smidgen more from more scenes with just Regan and Josh. I feel like there was more romance in Elusion, which is fine, but I guess since they're officially together at the end of Elusion, there would be more romance in this book. But that's okay.
Would I Recommend It:
I really liked this book - and series! And it's a duology (versus trilogy or something more), so that's pretty nice, in terms of waiting. I love science fiction, and the concept of virtual reality is definitely a hotly debated one. It's nice to see authors bring these controversial scientific topics to Young Adult literature, in my opinion. Anyway. Yes, I would recommend this book. Series.
4 stars. A wonderful conclusion to a thrilling and thought-provoking science fiction series! I'm so glad I read this series. And hey, an added benefit is the BEAUTIFUL covers!
When we left book 1, Regan was trapped in Etherworld with Josh, her dad and a host of other teens. This sees Regan trying to escape the Etherworld and find and save her dad. though will anyone believe her is she does get free? Just how is she to bring down Elusion and Orexis?
Once again, Regan is awesome. She is so brave and selfless. She will do anything to right the wrong of Elusion, no matter the threat to her. I loved her even more in this one because she is stronger ans surer of herself.
Josh is the same as last time. He is a constant in Regans life and is her rock. I loved their relationship and friendship.
Patrick is torn between his mother and Regan. He knows everything there is to know about Elusion, but when he learns just how bad things are, he is devastated. He really struggles in this one with what to believe but I loved that when he finds out the truth, he immediately sets out to right the wrong.
Plot wise, even with Elusion, I struggled with the plot a bit. It's such an intricate idea, Elusion, and all the codes, and technical things went a little over my head, but saying that, I didn't once get lost! I knew exactly what was happening and loved every minute.
The writing and attention to detail was phenomenal. The authors wrapped up every little thing perfectly and I was well satisfied with the ending! I'm so glad Patrick got the ending he did as well!!
Overall this was an amazing ending to an even better duology. It's an extremely fast paced and thrilling read. It is packed with secrets, deception, thrills and enough tense moments to keep you flying through the pages. I loved everything about it and would highly recommend it!
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