I received this book for free from Library, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Elusion by Claudia Gabel, Cheryl Klam
Also by this author: , Etherworld
Series: Elusion #1
Also in this series: , Etherworld
Narrator: Arielle DeLisle
Length: 9 Hours 9 Minutes
Published by Harper Collins on March 18th 2014
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction, General, Action & Adventure, Romance, Young Adult, Love & Romance
Format: Audiobook, ARC, eARC
Source: Library, Publisher
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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.
Why Did I Listen To Elusion by Claudia Gabel & Cheryl Klam?
Elusion by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam is a book that probably would have languished on my TBR mountain for a very, very long time if not for my brand new magical library card. When I saw an audiobook of Elusion available on Hoopla, I knew then and there that I had to borrow it. After two years, I have finally FINALLY read Elusion without any kind of influence from hype or other reviews. My main motivation aside from the availability of the audiobook was that the cover reminded me of galaxies and kept on catching my eye.
What’s The Story Here?
Elusion by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam is about this girl named Regan whose dad basically invented this experience realm dreamworld called Elusion. Unfortunately her dad is believed to be dead. Her mom is falling apart due to the death. Her dad’s protege, a young man named Patrick, has taken over the company and is about to make a big announcement regarding Elusion. This sounds great, only there’s this one blogger who is agitating and saying that Elusion causes addiction and that it is not a good thing. Regan believes she must clear her father’s name as well as the name of Elusion and so she goes into Elusion to find out the truth. Oh and there’s another male character — Josh — who plays quite the role.
How Did I Like Elusion by Claudia Gabel & Cheryl Klam?
I thought that Elusion was a creative science fiction sort of book – that did not feel too unreal or too hard to believe. I am glad that I listened to this via audiobook rather than physically read it. I think that allowed me to be a bit more sucked into the book. I do not think this is the greatest dream related book I’ve read, however, I know that I will be continuing onto the sequel, via audiobook of course.
How’s The Romance and World Building?
So, this book is set in Detroit and one that is mostly familiar. I mean, Elusion is absolutely futuristic. It’s like various escapes that you can take when you can’t get away for vacation and it is pretty much all in your head. I appreciated the thought behind the construction of this universe.
As for the romance, it was quite unexpected. I kept expecting Regan to hook up with Patrick, given they’ve known each other for so long and he’s described as being quite eligible. It really does work better with Josh though. He’s got such a shady past and is full of secrets. To me, he is the infinitely more interesting choice for Regan to pick. I won’t say this was a romance that had me making ships, but it was not half bad.
How’s The Narration?
I am so glad that I decided to listen to this book via audio. I feel like I was much better able to fit it into my schedule. Also! The narrator, Arielle DeLisle was totally new to me. Her voice is absolutely fitting for this book. She nails that teenage tonality. The audiobook is under ten hours long and feels like it goes by so quickly. In fact, I can’t wait to read the sequel via audiobook and also via the library. If you really want to read Elusion, definitely listen to it. I think that is the absolute best option for this book.
Sum It Up With A GIF:
The reality presented within this book makes me think of dream worlds, so this GIF is highly accurate.
Other reviews of Elusion by Claudia Gabel & Cheryl Klam:
Snuggly Oranges – “the end result is that I just don’t care about any of it”
The Eater Of Books – “The plot moves fairly quickly in this book”
There Were Books Involved – “entertaining, if a somewhat “light” read”
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