Author: Claudia Gabel & Cheryl Klam.
Published: March 18th 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books.
Sort: I think Unnamed #1.
Source: I received an ARC copy from the publisher for an honest review.
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.
The book is mostly about Regan, whose father is the great mastermind behind Elusion. This is a dreamscape world where people can hide when they want to forget their real life for a moment. You hook yourself up to some special devices and you are good to go. For one hour, you can be someone else, somewhere else. But Regan isn’t in the mood for escaping after her father’s death. The after effects intensify her loss and she has been too busy supporting Patrick, who is following into her fathers footsteps. Her life is starting to get even more complicated when she hears rumors about Elusion and it's negative effects. When she meets Josh, she believes it's time to hunt down the truth.
I loved the concept of this book and the world they were trying to create. The idea of escaping with technology sounds fascinating. I also liked the reason behind Elusion and the grim portrayal of the world was nicely done, with O2 screens and acid rain. The problems with Elusion and the discovering of the firewall was interesting, but at the same time not unexpected. I could see the twist coming and it’s not strange that there will be problems. It’s understandable that it’s addictive and I don’t get why it’s so surprising for people. Regan defends Elusion, but there are hormones released with the stimulation. It doesn’t take a scientist to understand that it will have effect on the human body, despite the special technology they were using.
So, that brings me right to my main problem with this book. Regan. This girl was at times stupid and naive. I hated how she threw herself on a boy she hardly knows (Josh) and how she always defends Patrick when he is an obvious douche. He lies and manipulates Regan and she accepts it. It’s also strange how easily she trusts Josh when she was such a firm believer of Elusion. Only a couple of words from Josh and she is ready to find evidence to bring Elusion down. The somewhat love-triangle wasn't necessarily at all. There was no chemistry. I think that the Patrick/Josh ship has more potential - and they hate each others guts.
The only thing I want to say as last is, that this book has a good potential. The basics of this story could have turned into a wonderful tale, but it became a predictable story with okay characters. I still thought it was enjoyable enough to make me curious about the next book, but there is some work to do.