Elusion by Claudia Gabel & Cheryl Klam
Synopsis: 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.
Why I Picked It Up: I got the ARC from my friend, Super-Cool Librarian (a.k.a. Brunie).
How I Started Off: Hopeful, until I actually got a couple chapters in.
Review (I wasn’t able to separate it into what I liked/didn’t like):
The entire book I was waiting for the plot to become suspenseful, for something to happen that wasn’t predictable. There were maybe one or two things I didn’t see coming, but then when they happened I didn’t like them. To me, the characters (especially Josh) made me sigh in frustration. Patrick and Josh made a love triangle with Reagan that didn’t contribute anything to the plot, and it only made me more unhappy. The story was such a great idea though! I wanted to love this book, but it just fell flat. There was hardly any violence, and the language wasn’t awful and it was spaced out in the book. There was a “hook-up” but nothing described and it wasn’t involving Reagan. There was one homosexual relationship but it was totally offstage.
Final Grade: D
The idea of this book held so much potential, and I was hoping it would come through. But there was nothing that stood out to me in this book, except the things I didn’t like. I would give it a try, because it might be for you, but all in all I will be giving this back to my friend.