Author: Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam
Book #: 1
Goodreads Rating: 3.57
Published: March 18th 2014
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.
The reason why I picked this book up to read was because of the idea that in the future you can escape reality through an app, You can see parts of the world that you didn't know without having to travel. To me it sounded really interesting. Well too bad that my interest didn't really hold for much time.
I had a lot of problems with this book:
First, I wanted to know more about the history of the setting. The characters keep mentioning that the air is polluted. Buildings had to be piped with oxygen and outside people had to wear an oxygen mask. When I read this I was really impressed, I was like "Ok this sounds cool, how did this happen?" But I never got my answer. I kept waiting and waiting hoping I would read something more about the big problem in the world but I got nothing. I get that the book's main point was the technology but if they are going to have the world be air polluted they should have given the readers a little more info about it.
Another problem I had with this book was the characters I honestly didn't like any of them. Regan was too emotional, I felt she was all over the place and was very indecisive. I found it really stupid how she kept questioning the wrong people. And for someone who was her "best friend ever" she was quick to question Patrick's actions. Their friendship was very dull, it felt more like they had become friends a few weeks prior. Overall Regan was really dull and annoying.
Josh was a jerk, he was the typical bad boy. He was dark and mysterious. Blah! I feel like every book I pick now a days is about a bad boy,
Patrick I liked a bit better than the other characters. But maybe that's because he is geeky. I really hated how his character turned at the end.
So overall this was not a good book for me I was debating whether to rate it a 2 stars or 3. So I just went for 3 and hope that the second book is better.