Elusion by Claudia GabelElusion by Claudia Gabel


byClaudia Gabel

Paperback | February 24, 2015

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The mind-blowing beginning of a futuristic series about the seductive nature of a perfect virtual world and how far one girl will go to uncover the truth behind the illusions.

A new technology is sweeping the country. To enter Elusion®, you need an app, a visor, and a wristband, and you'll be virtually transported to an exotic destination where adventure comes without the complications or consequences of real life. When there are accusations that Elusion is addictive and dangerous, Regan is determined to defend it and is pulled into incredible new worlds to discover deeply buried truths—and to make the ultimate choice between love and loyalty. . . .

Full of thrilling mystery, romance, and intriguing technology, this Inception-inspired thriller is perfect for fans of dystopian and sci-fi novels such as Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, Matched by Ally Condie, and Partials by Dan Wells, and is continued in the sequel, Etherworld.

Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam are the authors ofElusion. They met when Claudia edited Cheryl's previous novels,Learning to SwimandThe Pretty One. Claudia works as an editor in New York, but she's also the author of several books for tweens and teens, including the In or Out series and the mash-upRomeo & Juliet & Vampires. They liked wo...
Title:ElusionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.94 inPublished:February 24, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062122428

ISBN - 13:9780062122421


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Kind of disappointing. I read this for a book report. It started out with a relatively generic dystopian setting where technology controls people (virtual reality in this case), but even though everything seems all merry and bright there are dark secrets hidden by the people of power and blah blah blah. It kept me interested enough to keep reading (though I sort of had to), but the ending was a complete disappointment. It ruined my impression of the book. Don't let the pretty cover fool you!
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good sci-fi world In a world where acid rain falls from the sky, and pass cards are your lifeline, Regan is the daughter of the inventor of Elusion, a virtual reality world where people can do and be anyone they want. After, the sudden death of her father, she tries to get on with life with the help of her best friend Patrick. Some things start to happen and she realizes that her father is still alive and trying to warn her by placing clues in the Elusion's reality world. I felt that Regan couldn't really see Patrick. She seemed to be so naive as to be with someone she trusted with her life. But I knew she would realize things sooner rather than later. Then there's the other love interest..I didn't feel for him either..So to say that I was a fan of the romance in this book? Nope. I kind of wished it wasn't in there because I wanted a bigger focus on the virtual realities and the mystery she was unraveling instead. Trying to find her father is Regan's ultimate goal and I liked that she was so determined to get to the bottom of everything, including not trusting people she knew her entire life. Even though the romance was something left to be undesired, I ultimately enjoyed the world and it's science fiction elements. Only recommended for people who like science fiction and if you also like romance, even better, because it's there, but for some reason I wasn't feeling it. I'm still pretty interested to find out what happens next which is why I'm on top to get Etherworld read soon.
Date published: 2015-02-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting concept Elusion has always been a part of Regan?s life. Her father invented it and her best friend Patrick, heir to the tech company Orexis, is about to release the program nationwide. In Elusion, with just a visor, a wirstband, and an app, a person can go anywhere, do anything, experience anything, without risking their life. Quick sun-soaked beach trip on the train, done. Climbing a mountain on your lunch break, easy. Regan can?t bring herself to go back to Elusion since her father?s passing but she still defends it against the people who say it?s addictive and dangerous. The more she investigates these rumors, the more she discovers secrets being kept from her. The only way to truly figure out what?s going on is to go back into Elusion. I really liked the concept of this book and the set-up for a really great story was there, but it always felt like something was missing. There was a lot of things(technology, the future world) that simply were without providing detail to how they got to be. There was so much technology talk that it was hard to keep up with, especially for someone like me who has a limited knowledge of programming, and I found all these terms and tech-moments being thrown at me took me out of the story because they didn?t feel seamlessly woven in. I had a hard time with some of the characters. Josh and his motivations were the easiest to understand most of the time, he wanted to find his sister. Regan a lot of the time got on my nerves. She started off wanting to prove that Elusion was safe and keep her father?s memory untainted but once Josh showed up, it seemed like she was more focused on him, his stories, and his looks. It didn?t take much convincing from him for her to start distrusting her best friend since birth and even though Patrick didn?t help matters by being vague with her, it never felt like she genuinely wanted to hear his side. Patrick was the one I felt was the most interesting, and he by far got the least amount of page-time and development of the three. So much pressure at such a young age, so many people whispering in his ear, best friend suddenly against him. I?m hoping to see more of him in the next book. The plot felt really fast. There was never really a time to stop and take in all the information being thrown around, process it, understand it, instead there was just more information. A lot of the time things just seemed to happen too easily for the main characters. The cover is absolutely gorgeous and really works well with the plot, which isn?t always the case, so that?s nice to see. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2014-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from MajiBookshelf I read Elusion all the way back in October of 2013. That is around five months ago and I still remember most of what happened. If this isn't an indication for how unique and worthwhile this book is, then maybe my review would persuade you. Initially Elusion started off really well, with a mysterious feel surrounding Regan's, the main protagonist, dad's unexpected death as well as the whole concept of Elusion. Elusion is apparently a program her dad's company is ready to launch nationally and it is a device that transports people to any virtual world they desire. We get introduced to some characters such as her grieving mother, as well as her best friend, Patrick, who currently runs Orexis, her father's company. I initially really liked their relationship but there's so much mystery that I couldn't fully trust him. Enter Josh, the extra mysterious, in a good way, motorcycle riding, military trained, intriguing bad boy. I liked him instantly and loved how he didn't gloss over anything and spoke his mind. I also loved how he accompanied Regan in all their detective work and digging when rumors about Elusion being harmful and addicting (think heroine for our current world) spread across the media and country. I am wary of dystopian and futuristic novels being too generic however Elusion wasn't that at all. I couldn't at all predict the ending or the plot twist, and yea there is one huge twist. I loved that the romance didn't overpower the book. The love triangle wasn't even that. I think both authors wrote it really well and I liked the balance between the romance, the world building, mystery, and also adventure and revelations. The ending needs its own paragraph. I just can't believe how mind blowing it was. I gave myself a mental slap for reading Elusion so early on and having to wait six months for the book to actually come out then a year for the second book. Needless to say, this is a book with a big wow factor. Definitely one of the books that don't disappoint you, whether you're a romance fan, dystopian fan, futuristic fan, I think it'll appeal to all of you. I am excited for the second book and I can't wait for the cover reveal because the cover of Elusion is gorgeous.
Date published: 2014-05-01

Editorial Reviews

Alluring, tense and mysterious, ELUSION will pull you into its reality and you won’t want it to let go. With plot twists you’ll never see coming, you won’t be able to turn the pages fast enough.