Elusion by Claudia Gabel & Cheryl Klam

Elusion by Claudia Gabel & Cheryl KlamElusion (Elusion, #1) by Claudia Gabel, Cheryl Klam
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on March 18th 2014
Pages: 382
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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.

Elusion paints a bleak picture. Taking place in X-amount of years into our future, Earth’s environment is ruined. The rivers have turned black the rain acidic and the smoggy air made un-breathable. Through technological breakthroughs a new device called Elusion allows its’ users to escape to a vibrant and exhilarating virtual reality.

Elusion quickly becomes a problem when people want to be in the virtual world more than their own real life. But who can blame them? With Earth’s land, sea and air toxic and ugly, people want to escape to the beautiful and carefree haven Elusion promises.

Although I appreciated the uniqueness and break from the Hunger Games­-type plot of corrupt governments, Elusion just didn’t work for me. One of the biggest issues I had was the slow-moving plot. It felt as though nothing significant or exciting happened until the end.

Another aspect that fell short was the world-building or lack thereof. Earth’s ecological system has been wrecked but the reader never finds out what caused it. We’re not even led to assume it was because of pollution. I would have liked more details regarding the world and how it got so bad.

Elusion’s ending was a small saving grace because it was strong enough to make me interested in the sequel. Burning questions that helped keep me from quitting this book were answered and also replaced with new questions I’m interested in finding the answers to.

Elusion may not be my all-time favorite dystopian, but if you’re a fan of highly-technological sci-fi then it might work for you.

 

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