Elusion by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam
Release Date: March 18th, 2014
Katherine Tegen Books, 382 Pages
Sub-genre: Science Fiction
Source: Bought the Audiobook
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Elusion #1
Recommended for: Fans of The Maze Runner by James Dashner
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.
Elusion has great writing and a pretty cool premise – and shortly after finishing it, I don’t think I appreciated how creative this book was. I needed some time to let it sit with me and after I gave it time, I realized that I actually enjoyed it more than I initially thought I did.
Virtual Reality is such an interesting concept and I can definitely see how if we actually had this, some people might down a dark path with it – addiction. Heck, just look at kids who are from staying up for 72 hours straight playing video games. So the addiction part wasn’t a hard concept with go with.
I also liked how Reagan was trying to figure out her father’s death – which may or may have not been exactly how she thought it happened. It was thrilling to try to put together the puzzle pieces with her.
I think fans of The Maze Runner by James Dashner will enjoy this one. The end puzzle solution for both books is something that I wouldn’t have figured out and I would have surely died if I had been the main characters in these books. (haha)