emily lloyd - jones.
Publisher: Little, Brown Books.
Publication Date:July 15, 2014
Genre: YA Dystopian| Adventure
The X-Men meets Ocean's Eleven in this edge-of-your-seat sci-fi adventure about a band of "super" criminals.
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 .
Illusive had me blown me away. I had always enjoyed books about teens with superpowers; it reminded me of Superman, X-men the movies that I love. It did not disappoint me, there wasn’t anything about it that I didn’t love. Once I picked up the book I was hooked. Actually I was hooked from moment that I read the summary, a book about teens with superpowers, who also happen to be criminals. What is there not to love about book like that? I didn’t want to put the book down and if it wasn’t for work I would spend most of my time reading it. I wanted to see what would happen with all of characters, especially Ciere. I wanted to see if she would be able to get out of trouble that she managed to get herself into. I wondered if Kit would ever find out about it. There wasn’t a single page in this novel that wasn’t action packed and that’s what I loved about it, there was always something happening. Each page has the reader wondering what’s going to happen next.
Out of all the characters, Ciere was my favorite. I loved her attitude; she was unlike any girls that you read about when it comes to novels like these. Despite what happened to her mother when she was young, she was strong and she was very careful about whom she reveals her power to. Top of it she works very hard and is pretty good at what she does. Right away I saw that she formed a special bond with Alan, even if she didn’t want to admit at first. I’m kind of curious if Devon got angry because he was jealous? They did spend a lot time over the years and it had me curious if he feels anything for her besides friendship. I liked fact that point of view shifted between Daniel and Ciera, though it was more Ciera based. You got to see from each point, how they were feeling.
The ending blew me away, I did not expect that. When I was reading it, it felt so real how Alan got shot, the fire. Not for a second did it cross my mind that it all could be an Illusion. Now that took a lot of power, to create such powerful illusion. Once I found out that it was an Illusion I was actually relieved because I liked Alan, and I know that Ciere did too. She did put on a good show, pretending. It was an incredible ending to an amazing first book. This debut was breath taking, and I enjoyed for fact that there was more action in it then romance. The book had you on edge of your seat and even after finishing it, you found yourself thinking about it. I’m eager to see what happens next.
A Must read.