Mini Review: Elusion (Elusion, #1) by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam

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Mini Review: Elusion (Elusion, #1) by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl KlamElusion (Elusion #1) by Claudia Gabel, Cheryl Klam
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on March 18, 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult Fiction
Format: Hardcover (382 pages)
Source: Library
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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.


I love books about alternate realities, especially in technology form. Elusion is about the app of the same name, which lets people explore any location on Earth or beyond from the comfort of anywhere. Regan’s father was the inventor of this life-changing program, but he died five months ago and now things seem to be going wrong as the app and devices are getting ready to go mainstream. Regan is desperate to uncover the truth about her father’s invention, but that leads her down a bumpy road paved in even more secrets.

I liked Elusion, but it’s just so…average. It’s light on the Sci-Fi elements until close to the end. Regan is a fine narrator, but she really has no personality to speak of. Josh is a fine love interest, nothing too special about him. The plot moved along at an okay pace, keeping my interest but also leaving me wanting it to get a move on. I don’t know. It’s good. I liked it. It just didn’t go there. It also felt like the first half of a longer book rather than the first in a duology.

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