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.
Description taken from Goodreads.
I don’t know quite how to explain how I feel about ILLUSIVE. Right now, it seems like one of those smaller, quieter reads that I don’t think I’ll remember until I do, and I think that’s the way things will turn out. It wasn’t that I didn’t love this story. I actually really enjoyed it. I don’t love it to death, but it was very enjoyable and entertaining.
Firstly, there’s the beautiful, moody kind of cover that attracted me to it in the first place. I love the cover art for ILLUSIVE, and while I don’t love the colors/cover art for the other books as much, I still really enjoy the style that it portrays. Another thing I loved right off the bat was the typography and writing style. Oddly enough, there are certain stories where I feel like the design complements the writing. For example, The Winner’s Curse and The Tale of Desperaux. I felt like the rough-edged paper really worked.
The writing was perfectly fit to the characters. From the paper to the writing to the characters, I thought everything synced together really nicely and made for a great reading experience. I loved getting to know each of the characters, as well as Lloyd-Jones’ writing style.
In terms of plot, not the most original, but it did have a good twist at the end. I loved the way the character development moved, and I came to really care about each of the characters in a way that surprises me now that I think back on it. I really wanted to know more, find out more, learn what happens to the characters. That’s a great kind of curiosity to be invoked by a debut, and I really appreciated that about this book.
All in all, an excellent debut. I loved the pacing and the way that Lloyd-Jones tied up just enough loose ends but not enough that I’m not interested in the second book. Expecting great things for the rest of the series! :D 3.5 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 416
Series: Illusive #1