When Regan and Josh get into a fight with Patrick in Elusion, and end up unable to return. For Regan, this is the virtual and literal! For a second, the world around us is cast into total blackness. And then suddenly a sequence of white letters appears in the dark sky above us. Elusion was hailed as an exciting leap in technology—a confectionary, euphoric virtual world of crystal beaches and orange skies—until users began to disappear amid rumors of addiction.
In order to escape they must attack Elusion from within the program, but even if they succeed, Regan and her friends will have to prevent the powerful company that developed Elusion from distributing it to the masses. With The Fire On High set us aflame from the very first sentence, not that we expected anything short of…. Books Authors Posts. Sort by: Per page. Elusion By Mark Nichol. Stop making those embarrassing mistakes! Subscribe to Daily Writing Tips today! You will improve your English in only 5 minutes per day, guaranteed! You'll also get three bonus ebooks completely free!
Try It Free Now. Leave a comment: Cancel comment Name required :. Sunbathe on a Thai beach, Elusion describes a society in which life has become so unbearable for regular citizens that they only wish to escape from the harsh reality even if it is inside their minds.
Sunbathe on a Thai beach,swim a little and sunbathe again. Using some Equips and Apps designed by a company called Orexis,the people from Detroit are able to get away for an hour to idyllic landscapes where feelings are always positive. Wonderful beaches, high mountains and the possibility of enjoying kisses like you have never felt them before, just like in a pleasant dream. So far, so good, who wouldn't like to go to a trouble free place everyday for a while? However for Reagan Welch going back to Elusion means having to come back again and return to the realisation that her father, the creator of the program is no longer with her.
Not until she feels compelled to protect the reputation of her father does she go back , only to find that both her fears and hopes can come true at the same time. Reagan is trying to live with the fact that her father is gone and her mother isn't doing well.
No wonder she finds it all quite difficult ,keeps missing classes and getting demerits. Her only support is her childhood friend Patrick. Patrick, a computer genius who worded with Regan's father, comes across, in my opinion , as a weak character. He may be incredibly talented in his area of expertise but he's a mess when it comes to relationships. Josh is almost as cute as most YA novels' hot guys. Mind you, he's not so perfect but when push comes to shove he stands by Regan's side.
However, their affair is not as romantic as some readers may expect. David Welch was before his disappearance an absent father and husband, working round the clock and mentoring Patrick. His relationship with Regan wasn't as good as it should have been. Avery Leavenworth is Regan's sworn enemy. Her girlfriend Nora is gone and she is willing to do anything to bring Elusion down. She has quite a big mouth and a very peculiar style. Both authors had something new to add to the vast collection of dystopian novels that abound nowadays.
Elusionary: Aftershock : The symptoms people experience after having being inside Elusion. They include inability to move or speak and dizziness. Acid rain : Another result of extreme pollution. If our rain gives us bad hair days imagine what their acid rain could do. CIT : The organisation that has to approve Elusion. Digital Photocubes : A cool gadget in the shape of a cube that you shake to see photographs.
Donor cycles : Some dangerous roads in Detroit. E-fiend : Young people who are addicted to Elusion. Equips and apps : The technology that allows people to enter the world of Elusion. A microlaser visor,audio buds, an acrylic wristband and an application. Escapes : The different landscapes that you can visit inside Elusion. ExSet : Exhilaration Settings which enable the user to control brain stimulation. Florapetro : A modern version of our petrol which can be used as fuel and to make all sorts of things such as glasses.
Hypersoar : The vehicle aboard which David Welch allegedly had a fatal accident. MealFreeze : A drink with the nutritional contents of a meal.
It sounds quite disgusting to me! Oxygen shield : A mask to protect people from the polluted air when they are outside. Passcard : A card with credits to pay for everything. Standard 7 cycle : Their timetable for work and school:seven a. Tabs : Tablets, I guess much better than ours. Traxx : Turbotrain. Like our train or underground system during rush-hour:crowded and with frequent delays. Trypnosis : combination of hypnosis techniques needed to go into Elusion. Walden by Hery Thoreau : David Welch's favourite book.
Published in describes the period the author spent at Walden pond living a simple life. Here is a list of laws that Thoreau mentions in his book: One must love that of the wild just as much as one loves that of the good. What men already know instinctively is true humanity. The hunter is the greatest friend of the animal which is hunted.
No human older than an adolescent would wantonly murder any creature which reveres its own life as much as the killer. If the day and the night make one joyful, one is successful. The highest form of self-restraint is when one can subsist not on other animals, but of plants and crops cultivated from the earth. Mar 30, Savina M. It's full of cliches , and it was so boring I nearly DNF'ed it halfway. This book is supposed to be "Suspenseful, thrilling, and romantic", and I felt like I should have cared about it but The Summary In a post-apocalyptic world where readers have no fucking idea why it's even post-apocalyptic in the first place, a program called Elusion is invented.
The program takes you to a virtual fantasy, Actual rating: 1. The program takes you to a virtual fantasy, a place where you would only feel positive feelings. A better world is inside your head. Orexis will take you there! It's never been so easy to get away. Find the perfect destination with Elusion! Regan Welch is Elusion's inventor's daughter, and the manager, Patrick's childhood best friend. People begin spreading rumors about Elusion, about it being addictive.
Especially a girl called Avery at school who seems bent to bring Elusion down. It's a big problem here in Detroit, especially with kids my age," [Avery] barks. Hmm, a world where you can escape anywhere you want, addictive? No shit! We have people addicted to virtual realities like Sims 3 namely Yours Truly , we have people addicted to video games. We also have people addicted to tapping a flying bird , for fuck's sake. It's so blatantly obvious that Elusion is addictive.
Regan stands by Partick's side and her father's invention Josh's eyes are amber; don't forget about that. Because Regan sure as hell won't let you. Where Regan called Avery an "attention whore" for spreading rumors about Elusion, Regan believes everything Josh says about Elusion being dangerous. Josh has amber eyes.
Regan believes Josh, a guy she barely knows, so much she would betray Patrick for him by stealing files from his computer. It also rips off Google; that "I am feeling lucky " at the bottom.
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Then shit happens, some mystery is involved; but like I said, my fucks were all gone. The Characters: Regan "What do you see in her? She's as dumb as a pile of rocks. The only thing I remember about Regan is that this girl has no fucking priorities , and she's a moron.
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What did [Patrick] mean by that? Was he really leaning in for a kiss, or did I completely misread him? Does he want to be more than just friends? No shit, Regan. Regan and Josh needed to find the firewall that causes addiction still no fucking idea how that works within an hour, and they spent the hour making out. There's a scene where Patrick and Josh are fighting over Regan in an Escape, and Regan can only notice how beautiful the fucking butterflies are.
Admit it! Josh's has amber eyes. Regan is also way too honest. Yes, honesty is a great virtue, but she's honest to the point she'd admit something that would sabotage her plan. Dude, priorities. Josh Josh, a. But because of me We missed our chance! But wait! Josh is immediately justified! Turns out the guy he nearly killed once assaulted her sister! It all makes sense now! Josh, who has devastatingly beautiful amber eyes, betrayed Regan by giving information to other people!
It's also justified in the book, except I can't really remember how! Doesn't matter—what Josh does is always good. Plus, he has amber eyes. Patrick If you're going to paint someone in a bad light, at least give him a few visible bad traits. Patrick is supposedly power-hungry or something, but I never saw that in the book. All I saw was Patrick being a loyal friend to Regan. I have no idea why Regan doesn't want to trust him. There's the beautiful, blond childhood best-friend, and the hot, mysterious new guy.
There were pointless scenes like "Gasp, I might have feelings for Patrick! But I still love Josh! The mother Regan's mother has sunken into a deep depression after her dad died, leaving the daughter to take care of the mother. Because another cliched reason to make the MC more lovable and sympathetic.
The writing: The writing is not mind-numbingly bad, but still kinda bad. Examples: My legs are like channels of water surging toward a dam, but my arms are like ribbons tied to an old fence post, flickering in the breeze. This is an utter an complete mess. And don't forget. Josh's eyes are amber. Jun 24, Nafiza rated it it was ok Shelves: source-edelweiss , read Elusion was a mixed bag of tricks for me. There were some aspects of it that I truly enjoyed and others that did not work for me at all. Unlike many other novels in the same genre, the creators of Elusion, the authors, knew exactly what the game was and how it worked and their know how translated clearly into the prose so it never felt as though they were just making things up as the novel progressed.
In fact, I would go so far as to say that the game they envisioned has its basis in reality and Elusion was a mixed bag of tricks for me. In fact, I would go so far as to say that the game they envisioned has its basis in reality and is a viable option of her techno-loving society. So that was well done.
Regan is an interesting character but at the time she has no qualities within her that sets her up or even makes her entertainingly maudlin. There is no reason I would want to read about her were she not present in the story. She simply reacts to whatever is happening around her or connects the dots until she moves in the direction the authors want her to go in. She is disappointingly lacking as a character. There are no layers or complexity to her or her relationships with the other characters in the novel. There are no female friendships worth mentioning in the novel apart from the requisite POC of colour who is reduced to her physical looks and position as the other woman in the love square.
Their relationship is all about Regan and though ostensibly, she makes the effort to support him, he is not given the benefit of doubt and treated rather shabbily in the process. Josh, the love interest, is a pallid character with again, no depth none of the characters do actually and his backstory though compelling is superficial.
There is another girl present who hates Regan and treats her badly creating the need for someone to defend Regan against her harsh words. The progression of the story is in fits and spurts and while the potential is there for a look at how technology is affecting society and perhaps play with a future that is both damned and saved by technology, the discourse is again superficial and thin. Also infuriating for me is the abrupt ending of the novel as there is no overarching conflict that is resolved while the seeds for the continuation of the plot planted by at the end.
It is as though someone took a hacking saw to one story and decided that it would end there while the reader is still looking around desperately for the next page. Not that I was. I was pretty much done with the entire novel long before we reached the end. The novel had potential but unfortunately for me, the potential was not fulfilled. View 2 comments. Jul 10, Shelley rated it liked it Shelves: release , edelweiss-arc , young-adult , science-fiction. Thank you!! This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Written by co-authors by Claudia Gabel, and Cheryl Klam, Elusion is a young adult, science fiction story featuring year old Regan Welch as the narrator.
The story is set in a futuristic Detroit where people live in an environment of grease clouds, and acid rain, while wearing air purifiers and umbrella's in order to survive. Elusion has a bit of mystery, suspense, and romance to keep the reader engaged in what's going on. Sep 05, LilyCat Agent of SHIELD -- on hiatus : rated it it was ok Shelves: bland-mc , love-triangle , offensive , pretty-cover , rantable , dystopian , cliche-alert , near-future , bad-boy-vs-good-boy , more-romance. I read this before I officially started reviewing books, so what follows may or may not be accurate, but I'm pretty sure it is.
The Gist: Regan's father, an inventor, created a virtual-reality program called Elusion, which creates beautiful exotic locations for people to explore, but since her father's death, she can't bear to use the technology, since waking up out of Elusion's ecstasy-like dream state means remembering her father's death all over again. Her childhood friend Patrick, her father' I read this before I officially started reviewing books, so what follows may or may not be accurate, but I'm pretty sure it is.
Her childhood friend Patrick, her father's protege, and executive at an international tech corporation, plans to release Elusion to the public, although some people claim Elusion is addictive. Although she finds she may have feelings for Patrick, Regan begins to fall for bad-boy Josh, who constantly searches for his sister, who went missing, and believes her disappearance had something to do with Elusion. When Regan and Josh start looking for answers, they find secrets behind Elusion that could bring the whole company down-- or Regan and Josh.
Cleanness: Pretty PG. Some violence and some more intense language. Genre: Scifi dystopian, virtual reality Review : 2 stars. Readable, may be enjoyable to some people, but I have my complaints. It's always the freaking pretty covers. Basically, I saw this book at a bookstore, and I had instalove with the cover. Yes, I complain about instalove, but since people are a lot more complicated than covers, it's excusable. But I was too cheap to buy it, so I got it from the library. And it was I then remembered the old adage to "not judge a book by its cover.
I guess the plot was OK, but some of the things that happened in the book were either annoying, ridiculous, or annoyingly ridiculous. There were a few cliches, too, sprinkled throughout, and a bit of crappy, slightly disturbing romance. You'd think, "Oh, her dad invented Elusion. She must understand it and be a smart, tech-savvy person! Can she be a hacker or do anything remotely useful with tech? Of course not, because apparently only smart hotties can use technology. Josh says Patrick is up to something.
Patrick says Josh is untrustworthy. And poor Regan has to choose which one is right. Or that's how I think it goes down. For example, Josh beat up a guy at school so bad the other guy almost died. Patrick warns Regan, like a good friend should , that Josh is dangerous. Come on guys! I mean, Josh himself has had a pretty shady past, and Regan still trusts him. Some of the "technology" crap they have is crazy. Regan needs to hack into Patrick's computer, and since the feebleminded girls who would read something like this are apparently too stupid, like Regan, to understand technology , Regan's Josh-directed hacking is basically glorified keyboard smashing.
Which means, OMG, my cat is a hacker! The hacking scene basically goes like this. Regan: Oh Joshie-poo, I can't hack the computer! Also, there's a weird thing in the Elusion program called the Firewall. Except instead of being a program designed to protect your computer, it's a giant fuzzy barrier that eats people. Conclusion: Although some people might enjoy this book, too many things were ridiculous or irritating for me to.
Nov 20, Dark Faerie Tales rated it it was amazing Shelves: reviewed-by-kaitlin. Well-paced, well-written. But Regan begins to wonder. This is going to be the next big thing! Elusion is a mind-blowing start to a series. Elusion is both a mystery story and a sci-fi masterpiece, with dips and turns and constant action. The very idea of Elusion, a world that is perfect and beautiful, was a unique and fresh idea. The tone of the novel swings from enchanting and happy to morbid and dangerous, making for an emotional rollercoaster that will leave you breathless.
Everything, even the science aspect, is explained crystal clear. There was no problem with being bored, because everything about this was interesting and intriguing. I can find no plot holes. It seems that for the most part, this story is as close to perfect as it can be. Regan has one main problem, the Elusion and how its faults are affecting people and two subplot sort of things — her life with her mom, who is struggling with the loss of her husband, and her choice between her two love interests.
Does she choose the one that knows everything about her, that has been by her side for as long as she remembers? The love triangle is between Patrick the first option , and Josh the latter , and I must say that even though certain things happen, Patrick is still my favorite of the two. And the author leaves you at a cliffhanger — an extremely heart-wrenching, particularly exciting cliffhanger.
And then it ends, on the next page, and the rest are acknowledgments and such. It took so much willpower to not throw my nook at the wall, because this book comes out in which can only mean the sequel will come out in In summary, this is a must-read for Pre-order it, get it on the release date, and read within a day.
Those are the steps to success when it comes to Elusion. Notable Scene: I raise my head in awe as I watch the veil of white light float up from the ground like a fog and evaporate to reveal a glorious sapphire sky. Dad and I are perched on top of a rocky cliff, the remarkable landscape of Elusion stretched out in front of us. Down below there are miles and miles of dark green forest, but the view is so crisp I can almost see every leaf and needle jutting out from each spindling branch.
Beyond in a chain of majestic mountains with snowcapped peaks, which borders a large body of water made up of shimmering swirls of turquoise and jade. Everything is traced with a translucent glittering substance, almost like fairy dust.
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Oct 13, Isamlq rated it it was ok Shelves: arc-galley. Need a random new hot guy? Here he is. Need a bloody bestie who sees the other in a different light?? Or what of an unknown baddy off to the sides doing god knows what? The new guy with grey pewter eyes. The smart girl but not smart enough. The parents who are gone but may be not. Where it strives to make a mark is outside the players. I think.
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The people are trying to make do with what they have and what they remember. Enter the Big Bad making old meet new. There are unforeseen consequences. Or are they? Unforeseen, I mean? I should have loved those vivid descriptions of old world seen anew… I should have loved how everything was possible… and that may have been it: everything was too easy, too possible, with too many obvious answers. Thank you, Edelweiss! Jun 20, Alyssa rated it really liked it Shelves: releases. What I Liked: First, let us all take a really good look at that beautiful cover.
Isn't it magnificent?! It has got to be one of my favorite Harper covers yet. I marked this one as must-read when the cover was revealed only because of the cover. Then I read the synopsis, and I knew this book would be a winner for me. Lovely cover? Heavy on the science? Perfect for me. The wonderful thing about foresight is that, with books, it rarely lets me down! I really, really enjoyed this book!
I mean, I was totally sucked in by the pretty cover, and then the intriguing synopsis, but the actual book itself was great. This book starts with a prologue that features Regan and her father testing out Elusion for the first time. When the story begins, with chapter one, we learn that Regan's father has been dead for months, and that Regan does not go to Elusion anymore. Regan's father protege who is also Regan's friend is now in charge of all things Elusion.
This young man - Patrick - is responsible for the amazing escapist world that is Elusion - and the consequences of using Elusion. Elusion isn't what it seems. Certain things were set into motion before Regan's father died. Regan doesn't trust Patrick to tell her the trust, because when she asks, she gets nothing from him.
All the while, innocent users of the Elusion program are losing brain activity, getting addicted, or even dying. There is something seriously wrong with Elusion, and Regan will be the one to find the truth. The plot moves fairly quickly in this book, once Regan realizes that there is a problem with Elusion.
The beginning is a bit slow, but understandably so, because Gabel and Klam seem to want to show readers what this world is like when everyone is using Elusion. This made the beginning drag a little, but I suppose it was necessary, to show readers without telling readers how strange Elusion is, and how wrong it is. Let me put Elusion into perspective for you. It's a program that you can connect to, and escape the real world. Like, virtual reality, or an alternate experience, or something.
People can plug in and visit Elusion at any point, but they have a time limit every time they go to Elusion. So, the first scene of the book describes the way people are - hundreds of people are plugged in to Elusion, and they seem zoned out like zombies. Gabel and Klam built up the plot and climax of the novel gradually, but for the most part, there was never a dull moment. I wouldn't say there were too many twists and turns and unexpected curveballs, but as I was reading, I was dying to see how things would be resolved.
Would Regan find out the truth about her father's death? Was Patrick responsible for the addictions? Would Nora be found? The ending was a little messy, in my opinion, but after reading it twice, it made sense. I can't believe Gabel and Klam would end things the way they did! It's not a cliffhanger, but let's just say I need book two in my hands right about Romance, did I mention anything about the romance?
If you're like me a hater of love triangles , put your mind at ease, because there isn't one that I can see. I thought there would be one, as there is definitely potential for one, but I don't see the romance going in that direction. Regan and the male protagonist are together, and that doesn't seem like it will change. That being said, I like the romance! I like Regan and this male protagonist together. I won't say who it is though, so as not to spoil things. At first, I wasn't really connecting with Regan, but eventually I started to connect and really like her. Her character is a little flat, in my opinion, but there are times when she has depth to her.
I just wish there was more to her that made her more unique. I mentioned this briefly, but this book is has a heavy science basis - which I loved! This book deals with brain chemistry and neuroscience and addictions I really enjoyed seeing so much science in the book. There was also a good amount of technology and computer science, which was cool. Overall, this is a highly enjoyable debut novel for these two authors debut for the two paired; I know both authors have books out. It's not action-packed and extremely exciting, but the story is very interesting and the concept is relevant to today's society.
Sometimes, the plot dragged, other times, things were happening way too quickly. Like, at the very end, I had a hard time picking out what exactly was going on. I read the ending twice though, so I understood eventually. In general, I didn't have any problems with this book. I just wouldn't consider it a five-star read from ME, because it doesn't feel like a five-star novel. It's not a new favorite, but I am very happy with this book.
I will definitely be reading the sequel! Would I Recommend It: Yesyesyes! I'm sure the pretty cover will attract many readers just stare at it for a few seconds.
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It's hypnotizing, isn't it?! BUT, the content is just as amazing as the cover. I'm quite sure that science-y people like me will be all over this one, and even if you're not a science-y person, the concept will intrigue you. And the cover is gorgeous. Did I mention that already? Rating: 4 stars. I really enjoyed this book! Bring on book two! Mar 29, Jenny rated it really liked it. Elusion is one of those stories where the line between reality and illusion starts out crisp and oh-so clear, but with each chapter our faith in what we think we know gets a little more shaken until suddenly the trust we had in ourselves and the characters is nearly nonexistent.
Mar 24, Kelsey van Dillen rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-in , five-stars , release.