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Illusive Hardcover – July 15, 2014
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Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones
Book One of the Illusive series
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: July 15, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC borrowed from a friend (thank you, Jess!)
Summary (from Goodreads):
The X-Men meets Ocean's Eleven in this edge-of-your-seat sci-fi adventure about a band of "super" criminals.
When the MK virus swept across the planet, a vaccine was created to stop the epidemic, but it came with some unexpected side effects. A small percentage of the population developed superhero-like powers. Seventeen-year-old Ciere Giba has the handy ability to change her appearance at will. She's what's known as an illusionist...She's also a thief.
After a robbery goes awry, Ciere must team up with a group of fellow super-powered criminals on another job that most would consider too reckless. The formula for the vaccine that gave them their abilities was supposedly destroyed years ago. But what if it wasn't?
The lines between good and bad, us and them, and freedom and entrapment are blurred as Ciere and the rest of her crew become embroiled in a deadly race against the government that could cost them their lives.
What I Liked:
What a novel! I had been excited to read this one for a very long time, so I was really happy and slightly nervous to start reading it. Big thanks to Jessica @ Step Into Fiction for offering to lend me her prized ARC! Otherwise I'd never have had an opportunity to read this book, pre-publication.
Ciere is a thief, working with Kit Copperfield, an art fence who gives her jobs and takes care of her.Read more ›
What I Liked:
I like the world. I like how it incorporates super powers while still taking place in the real world. I also really like the criminal element. Super powers and crime go together here much like Holly Black's Curse Workers series, and it's a good fit.
Ciere, despite her impulsive and less than well thought out decisions, is a good main character. She's likable enough, and there's plenty of room for growth.
I'm curious about this previous work/team Kit and Magnus and Aristeus were involved in. It's kind of sounding like a super secret Navy Seal-like paramilitary mutant organization.
I loved some of the super dry humor inserts (often used to end scenes). Example: "There is nothing funny about this.\ Devon drank the drugged coffee. \ Perhaps there is."
I think Brandt Guntram and Conrad are going to be TONS of fun in future installments. They are the kind of fun, sarcastic, violent mobsters you love. I really hope we keep them around.
What I Didn't Like:
I wish we'd spent more time with Daniel, the other main POV. I know, intellectually, there isn't a ton going on around him most of the time- just lots of watching and waiting with the feds, but I liked his voice/sarcasm and would have liked more of that humor.
The bad guy is good at the beginning, but falls a bit flat for me by the end.Read more ›
ILLUSIVE is one of the most incredible books I have EVER read. This book blew me away.
The writing style, the pacing, the plot, the characters...the INCREDIBLE concept. Everything about ILLUSIVE was top notch. I was shocked that Emily Lloyd-Jones was a debut author. ILLUSIVE was written like a movie. I would not be surprised if, in the next few years, it found a place on the big screen. In this futuristic thriller, the world has been saved from a plague by a new drug. But a side effect of that drug, for VERY few people, are strange superpowers. We start out the story with Cierre, an Illusionist. Cierre can create any illusion that she wants on herself and her surroundings.
The story is fast-paced and SO well thought out. Cierre and her best friend (a boy who has a power that basically allows him to remember anything AND hack into any system out there) are tracked down by a gangster that tries to black mail them. Cierre is given a choice: Give the gangster a buttload of money, or be turned into the Feds, who will either imprison the Immune people, OR force them to work for the government. After a series of crazy events, Cierre and her friend end up in the middle of an extreme heist. I don't want to give ANYTHING away in this book, because I just floored me. I never wanted it to end, and I'm dying for the next one already. I just couldn't believe the fact that this plot, and the third person present writing style, which is rare in YA, were all done by a debut author.
I don't have a single complaint about ILLUSIVE, only that I have to wait for the next one for a looong long time. Congrats, Emily Lloyd-Jones. Your debut is a masterpiece, and I'm already pre-ordering a finished copy. WOW
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ciere is an illusionist, a girl with the ability to become invisible or change the look of a room or object. And a thief. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Hafsah
Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones is a story with a bit of dystopia, mystery and sci-fi wrapped into one! Fun characters and snappy dialogue make Illusive an entertaining read. Read morePublished 6 months ago by LynnDell P. Watson
I had a confession to make; I was expecting this to be a two or three start book. Why? No idea. So I was pleasantly surprised to find this is actually a pretty good book. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Aine