Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Release Date: March 18, 2014
Genres: Dystopia, Science Fiction, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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.
I had to DNF Elusion at 86%. Sure, there was only a tiny section of the book left but I just could not bear it any longer. Apart from a refreshing idea, I can not wring out any other points which made Elusion an antithetically good book.
Elusion probably failed most in creating three-dimensional characters that were strong, thoughtful and likable. This book’s main character, Regan, was neither strong, smart or a tolerable protagonist. Throughout this read, I kept on wondering whether this chick had a brain at all. She starts doubting her best friend that she’s known since a small age and believes in a guy who knocked up a fellow school mate horribly and has only known her for a few days. Pray tell; where is the logic in this reasoning? Just because he’s good looking doesn’t mean you can trust him and start going around questioning your best friend’s motives. Sure, Patrick did a few fishy things but no way in hell does that mean you can flip your opinion on him so quickly. It is absolutely obscure.
My second criticism is the truancy of the world building. If you want to write a compelling dystopian, my number one piece of advice is to ensure you have some world building so we readers have a rough idea of what this world your writing about looks like, how it became the way it was and how things work. I loved the tech talk, that does cloud in with the world building but not enough for me to comprehend everything that was going on.
Furthermore, the romance. I just. No. There is instant love, a slight love triangle between her best friend, Patrick, and the new mysterious but hot guy, Josh. (TOTALLY did not see that coming.) I did not see the point of any of it. Why should there be a romance here? WHY. The idea the authors had would have perfectly sufficed. Mild spoiler ahead. Patrick nearly kisses Regan. Why does he decide to show his emotions to her now when she just met another guy. It is the same thing that happens in a lot of books and I never get the logic in it. Sure, the author(s) might want to create another plot line but it’s like a freaking universal thing that all authors must abide to now. End spoiler.
Lastly, this book contains the same tropes like most other YA books do. There’s a love triangle, new, hot dude, best friend who might have share different feelings towards the MC, there’s a glitch and a secret in the system, there’s someone who you thought was dead but actually turns out to not be dead. The list goes on. It’s saddening, as then I saw most of the twists coming before I even started this book. (Exaggeration, but you get what I mean.)
All in all, Elusion was a disappointing novel despite a once again gorgeous cover. Please use your time somewhere else.
~Thank you Katherine Tegen for sending me this copy!~
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