Author: Claudia Gabel & Cheryl Klam
Series: Elusion #2
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Release Date: March 31, 2015
Source: egalley received from publisher via Edelweiss
Rating: 3.5 Stars
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***I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way changed my opinion of the book. The review below is my open and honest opinion.***
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Elusion was hailed as an exciting leap in technology—until users began to disappear amid rumors of addiction. Regan’s search for the truth led her and her new love interest, Josh, to Etherworld. Etherworld is a dimension hidden deep beyond Elusion’s firewall, where players can hide, and ultimately fight back. Regan’s father and others are here working to destroy Etherworld, but the longer they stay the less likely they’ll be able to return to the real world alive.
Escape means attacking Elusion from within the program. It’s dangerous and it’s a puzzle. And even if they manage it, how will they be able to stop Orexis from distributing Elusion to the masses when the people who run it are corrupt?
I should have reread Elusion
before I read this one. But I didn’t have it and it wasn’t one of those books that stood out to me enough to want to reread so I just read some reviews (couldn’t find a recap or spoilery one) in the hopes that that would spark my memory enough. It did and it didn’t. I definitely think I would have enjoyed this one more had I reread. And if you’re planning on reading this, I would recommend a reread first. Because there’s a lot of information in this series. Lots of science. Lots of twists and turns. The plotline is elaborate and if you’re missing details, you’re kind of going to be screwed. Like I was.
Because of that, I didn’t feel a connection with any of these characters nor did I get super invested into the plot because I was too busy trying to figure out what the heck was going on. And that’s totally my fault so I’m not going to blame the book here. But even with this setback, I did still enjoy this book and series as a whole.
My favorite part is definitely the science aspect. There’s a lot of technical terms thrown around here including medical terminology and coding and for me that made the book so interesting. Did I understand all of it? No. But I followed it pretty well and it made the story a lot more believable to me. The whole idea of Elusion and the way it evolved and changed was so cool. I loved reading about the different escapes, about Etherworld, an entirely different sector of Elusion, and about all the crazy stuff that could happen within these virtual worlds.
I really enjoyed Regan’s character. She has a strong sense of family loyalty and she will do anything to save her father and to protect her mother from harm. I loved that she never gave up, no matter how scary the situation was getting.
Another character that I really loved in this book was Patrick, Regan’s best friend. Yes, there was a love triangle in the first book. But it’s gone here and we really got to see their friendship develop. Patrick was such an interesting character. Layered, flawed and real. He’s got a lot to deal with, being the head of the company that sells Elusion. With all the bad press, he has to decide whether he’s going to defend his product (that could be hurting people) or pull it from the market and royally piss his mother off.
The romance was blah. I don’t honestly remember if I liked it in the first book or not, but it did not work for me in this one. Because Josh was so boring. I feel like he had a lot more depth in the first one, but in this book it seemed like he was just there for the sake of having a romance.
The twists and turns were crazy. The plotline is elaborate. The characters are well-fleshed out and developed (for the most part). If you like science fiction/dystopian type books I think that this series is worth checking out. And it’s a duology so you can just read them back to back and have your finished story!
Have you read this one yet? What did you think?