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Comment: Pages are crisp and clean. Former library book, in nice shape. Dust jacket has a removable, protective cover. Marked as purchased from library book store. Library stamp on top outside of pages. Library stickers on cover, inside of cover and back plus yellow "lucky day" sticker on front cover (= more stickers than other libraries).
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Illusive Hardcover – July 15, 2014

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Book 1 of 2 in the Illusive Series

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Gr 7–10—Fans of Divergent (HarperCollins, 2011) will devour this fast-paced dystopian novel. In 2017, a vaccine was hurriedly administered to counter the spread of a fatal plague. Only later do people realize that .003 percent of the immunized population have developed X-Men type characteristics. The U.S. identifies these "adverse effects" as illusive (the ability to create illusions), mentalist (telepathy), eidos (perfect memory), eludere (heightened senses), levitas (levitation), dauthus (body manipulation), and dominus (hypnosis) and forcibly recruit these superpowered citizens for government work. People wanting to avoid mandatory servitude become criminals. Teens Ciere (illusive) and Devon (eidos) work for a levitas, who carefully plans their jobs. Teaming with a mentalist, they must avoid the feds, a terrorist group, and a mob syndicate as they attempt to find the supposedly destroyed vaccine formula. Meanwhile, eludere Daniel has been captured by a dauthus and is helpless to resist the mind-controlling powers of a dominus who is also after the formula. 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.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT

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*Starred Review* In the not-too-distant future, the world is struck by the deadly MK plague. When a vaccine is created, it is rapidly distributed before thorough testing has been done. That is why no one is prepared for “the immune”: the .003 percent of the population that develops unusual abilities, such as levitation and mentalism. Seventeen-year-old Ciere Giba happens to be an illusionist—she is able to trick the human eye, altering her appearance or the space around her. As with any of the immune, she has only a few options available: work for the government, go to prison, or become a criminal. She chooses the harried freedom of being a thief, but after a foolhardy burglary leaves her entangled with a powerful crime syndicate, Ciere takes a job that leads to a dangerous discovery, one that not only puts her crew at risk but also could threaten the world at large. 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. Grades 8-11. --Julia Smith

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 730 (What's this?)
  • Series: Illusive (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (July 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316254568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316254564
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

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.
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Confession: I've never seen Ocean's Eleven, but I like crime/spy thriller movies. Confession #2: I'm a bit of an X-Men geek; that is, I watched all of three or four cartoon adaptations and all the movies. So when the publisher pitched Illusive as "X-Men meets Ocean's Eleven," they hit a home run. I would definitely pick this book up. So I did. It didn't wow me the way I hoped, but it's entertaining.

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.
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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
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