Illusive

Paperback | June 16, 2015

byEmily Lloyd-jones

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The X-Men meetsOcean's Elevenin this edge-of-your-seat sci-fi adventure about a band of "super" criminals.
When the deadly 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, and Americans suffering from these so-called adverse effects were given an ultimatum: Serve the country or be declared a traitor.
Some people chose a third option: live a life of crime.
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 crossing a gang of mobsters, Ciere must team up with a group of fellow super powered criminals on a job that most would have considered impossible: a hunt for the formula that gave them their abilities. It was supposedly destroyed years ago--but what if it wasn't?
Government agents are hot on their trail, and 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 that could cost them their lives.

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The X-Men meetsOcean's Elevenin this edge-of-your-seat sci-fi adventure about a band of "super" criminals.When the deadly 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, and Americans suffer...

Emily Lloyd-Jones grew up on a vineyard in rural Oregon, where she played in evergreen forests and learned to fear sheep. After graduating from Western Oregon University with an English degree, she enrolled in the publishing program at Rosemont College. She currently resides in Northern California, working in a bookstore by day and wri...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.25 inPublished:June 16, 2015Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316254592

ISBN - 13:9780316254595

Customer Reviews of Illusive

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exciting This book had a lot going for it. For one, the decided lack of romance was extremely refreshing. It brought to the forefront how many awesome friendships there were. Not only that, but those friendships were so natural and real that there is definitely the possibility for romance in later books, the kind of romance that comes naturally and grows from friendship. It was really appealing in this book and promised good things to come, so, really, best of both worlds. It definitely kept me engaged and into everything that was going on. It was exciting and the end had me cheering. I liked the twisted worldviews - at one point I found myself agreeing with and sympathizing with the "bad guy" - and the extreme grey areas the worldbuilding exploited. I liked the mobsters who turned from evil to partners in crime and the extreme lack of judgement or stereotype. If I had to complain about anything, it would be the narrators. Ciere spent so much time being afraid and naive that I felt like we were robbed of the kick-butt narrator that the first few chapters promised. By the end, though - the very end - she seemed like she'd conquered that, so I am really hopeful for the next book. Daniel seemed just a bit bland. It was mostly just a product of the situation he's in. I feel like if we knew him before his situation, he would have been really awesome, but because of his current status we only got glimpses of his real character. He was more of a plot device than anything else. Again, I've got high hopes for his character in the next one. The general impression was that it was really good - exciting and interesting with an awesome cast of side characters - but that I was missing something. I wish it had been more. With that in mind, I'm really looking forward to the next one!
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loving it! I read this book recently and I have to say the ending is definitely worth the build up. It is the beginning to a whole new adventure.
Date published: 2016-01-09

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"We deserve to indulge ourselves and read Illusive, to step into its highly entertaining future world shaped by the unexpected side effects of a pandemic stopping drug. Governmental intrigue, compromised personal identities, superpowers, likeable, fallible characters, and a riveting coming-of-age drama, which is light on angst, are at our fingertips. What's not to love?"-Kenny Brechner, Devaney Doak & Garrett (Summer/Fall Indie New Voices, 2014)