ARC Book Review | Elusion by Claudia Gabel & Cheryl Klam

Posted on Friday, March 7, 2014 4:00 AM


Format: e-ARC
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: March 18, 2014

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.


Before I even read the summary for this book I wanted to read it, the cover completely drew me in. Thankfully the summary sounded as interesting as the cover is gorgeous so when I saw it on Edelweiss, I immediately downloaded it. I couldn't wait to step into this world.

What I Liked:

* Its uniqueness - I really loved the unique aspect of Elusion, I've never read a book quite like this before and I'm so glad that I got to experience this world. I loved learning more about Elusion and the Escapes.

* The writing - The writing in this book is so stunning and detailed that it felt like I was right there in the Escapes with Regan and experiencing the same things that she was while she was there.

* Regan - I really liked the fact that when people started questioning the safety of Elusion that she jumped right in to figure out the truth. She didn't sit on the sidelines and pout about it, instead she made it her responsibility to figure out the truth and what was really going on.

What I Didn't Like:

* World-building - My only complaint about this book is we didn't really get any background on this world. The people have to wear oxygen masks due to acid rain but we didn't really get any background on how this came about.

Overall, Elusion is an exciting and fast paced read and I'm excited to see how this story will play out.


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