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.
Elusion has been my second DNF so far this year. I honestly could have made myself continue on but decided to give up around 25% mark. My problem with Elusion was my complete lack of interest regarding the characters. I felt that I could see where things were headed and the longer I read everything was falling into line with what I expected.
I found it near impossible to connect to the main character Regan (this is so sad but I completely forgot her name in the two days it’s been since I put the book aside). There was nothing that made her stand out to me. I can’t recall her appearance or anything beyond the fact of her father being involved in the initial development of Elusion. I found her father’s mentions more interesting than her own. Her relationship with Patrick, her best friend, (and the high school student that took over her father’s work and heir to the company) to be very typical of the young adult genre.
The world building had potential and I enjoyed some of what these authors created. Everything seemed logical and not that far off from our current reality. The air is polluted causing everyone to wear masks when outside. People are bored with their day to day lives so instantly love the escape of Elusion. Of course, things aren’t all that they seem and I think I could see the direction things were heading pretty clearly.
At the point of my abandonment the second male lead, Josh, had been introduced. Of course, he was mysterious, gorgeous and conveniently dropped into the story. I could already see the stirrings of a potential triangle (though of course I don’t know if it ever develops) but it was enough to keep me even further from this story.
I believe that if I was able to look beyond the one dimensional characters I would have been interested enough in the storyline to continue reading. The idea behind this novel is very interesting (who doesn’t love to consider virtual reality?) Even considering this potential I decided that after reading 25% of the book and feeling nothing towards the lead I’d put this one aside (for now or for good).
Have you read Elusion? I would love to hear your thoughts about it and link your review if you’ve posted one.