Book Review: Elusion

Book Review: ElusionElusion by Cheryl Klam, Claudia Gabel
Published by HarperCollins on March 18th 2014
Pages: 400
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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.

thoughtTired of your every day life? Tired of the pollution and bleakness of the world around you? Elusion is the answer. It is your escape.

Regan knows all about Elusion. The ins. The outs. What makes it tick. She should, her dad created this revolutionary technology. But unlike the general population, Elusion is not an escape for Regan. For her, it is a reminder. Of her father. Of the life she once had. After his sudden and unexpected death, Regan feels empty. When vicious rumors begin circulating that Elusion is not the wonder product it seems, Regan must dive deep into her father’s legacy to uncover the truth about Elusion and its effects. What Regan finds goes way beyond a simple cover up.

I absolutely devoured Elusion! From beginning to end, Elusion was almost pure perfection.

Unlike most techie / take over the world type product reads, Elusion starts from the very beginning. From a little bit before the product releases to the later effects the product has on the population, Elusion gives readers a glimpse into just about everything. For me, this was completely refreshing. Watching the effects Elusion has not only on Regan and her family, but also how the public takes to Elusion. And the best part? All my questions got answers! That alone makes Elusion a hit for me, but it still offers so, so much more.

A romance that could be. A romance that may stay in the past.

If the techie aspect isn’t exactly your thing, fear not! Elusion also offers a really interesting take with its romance. While it is not exactly a love triangle, it has hints that it could be in the future… or not. Our characters’ romantic future is a little foggy at the moment, which I really love. For your consideration is Josh and Patrick. Patrick (my pick at the moment) is Regan’s childhood friend. Although he does some questionable things, his loyalty to Regan is pretty admirable. Josh, on the other hand, is new to the scene. He has a bad-boy military vibe to him that is pretty hard to ignore. While Regan seems to be leaning towards Josh more, Patrick still has a place in her heart. With the ending events of Elusion, I still think either boy has a shot at being the One.

Verdict:

Loved it from beginning to end. Almost pure perfection. Cannot wait to see what happens next!

Kate

Kate is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. I am a twenty-something year old who is passionate about reading. I currently hold a B.A. in English and am married to my high school sweetheart. We have two (cat) children, Gracie and Kit, who are total divas. I have an insane and possibly unhealthy passion for reading. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book.

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