Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones Review

Illusive by Emily-Lloyd Jones
Publication Date: July 15, 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
Pages: 416
Keywords:supernatural, superhero, suspense, dystopia
Format Read: ARC via Goodreads FirstReads
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When the MK virus swept across the planet, a vaccine was created to stop the epidemic, but it came with some unexpected side effects. A small percentage of the population developed superhero-like powers. Seventeen-year-old Ciere Giba has the handy ability to change her appearance at will. She's what's known as an illusionist...She's also a thief.
After a robbery goes awry, Ciere must team up with a group of fellow super-powered criminals on another job that most would consider too reckless. The formula for the vaccine that gave them their abilities was supposedly destroyed years ago. But what if it wasn't?
The lines between good and bad, us and them, and freedom and entrapment are blurred as Ciere and the rest of her crew become embroiled in a deadly race against the government that could cost them their lives.
I was lucky enough to get a beautiful signed ARC of this book waaaaay back in February, and I knew I needed to read it before it was published. It just has that quality to it from the outside. It looks like it's an intriguing book.

I read it in less than 24 hours.

Now, when I say that, clearly I was hooked. It wasn't astounding literature or groundbreaking storylines, but it was pretty damn cool. I really enjoyed the ride.

The story is pretty superhero-like. There was a virus, and to cure it, everyone in the world was administered vaccines. Of course, side effects happened. So a very small percentage of people developed supernatural powers, and there were about 8 different varieties. This is the basic premise, and there was a ton that happened on a side story, starting with a bank robbery and escalating to a full-on government/criminal battle that has you rooting for the bad guys (aka NOT the government).It was fast-paced and thoroughly enjoyable to watch the action unfold. The descriptions and actions were so quick I could actually picture it and did as I read (which is something that really doesn't happen very often).

There's Ciere, who develops this kind of superpower quality and she's called an Illusive, which means she can pull up illusions around herself and basically become anyone else or invisible, depending on the situation. My big issue with her is that she made some really stupid mistakes. And I know, flawed characters are better. However, she was a seasoned robber and used to running around and avoiding the law and staying under the radar. And then she would do something so colossally idiotic I found myself wondering how she even survived before. But that's okay because it was still fun to read.

My favorite was Devon, her eidetic-memory sidekick.They worked extremely well as a team, and I really wanted to see him develop more as a character. There were several others in the gang, but they didn't receive a ton of stage time, something I was quite sad about.

The action in this book gets an A+. That's what really stuck out by the end and is the most memorable about this, and that's what will keep you flipping the pages.

Read When: You want to go see a superhero movie but there's not one out yet. You'll also need a chunk of time because the story is confusing if you stop and start again. You'll forget what was going on. (Not that it happened to me or anything...)

1 comment:

  1. I haven't heard of this book before you. But I'm definitely interested now. I totally loved the superhero quality - aspect. And now that I know that's it's not particularly great, I feel like, if I adjust my expectations, I'd still enjoy it.


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