Author: Heather Dixon.
Published: May 19th 2015 by Greenwillow
Source: Edelweiss & Publisher.
A brilliantly conceived adventure through an alternate London.
Jonathan is perfectly ordinary. But then—as every good adventure begins—the king swoops into port, and Jonathan and his father are enlisted to find the cure to a deadly plague. Jonathan discovers that he's a prodigy at working with a new chemical called fantillium, which creates shared hallucinations—or illusions. And just like that, Jonathan is knocked off his path.
You have to be under the influence of some kind of drug, you can create things out of thin air by building it with the right elements if you have the right gift. Only people under influence can see your creations. This was an interesting idea, but then we get an explanation that those items come from parallel worlds and I got lost.
”If you can illusion something identical to another world, you can somehow manipulate the physics of the world into thinking it belongs to the other world.”
You create something that isn’t there, because it’s an illusion, but at the same time it’s real? I just didn't understand the parallel worlds and how people are able to travel between them.The explanations fell short on TRULY explaining what was going on and it doesn't make sense if you scientifically look at it.
I like that the book is written from the POV of a boy, called Jonathan, but he doesn't necessarily feels like a boy. If we would have switched his name to, let's say, Joan, it would have been the same. I never felt I got to know him. He stays flat and has no characteristic personality traits, although I like how loyal he was to his family.
I liked the sickness that is spreading, which all started the Illusionarium business, but I wish we got more information about it. Perhaps it's just me and my love for medical things, but I wanted an explanation why it only targeted women and not men? I want prove that the author thought about those tiny details.
I have to give Heather points for creativity and the fact that there is no overwhelming romance whatsoever. Jonathan has some feelings for a girl, but he is far too busy with the fact that important people are getting sick & that he is stuck in another world. That gives his personality some credits, because far too often we see people falling in love - and then they forget about what truly matters. The ending wraps everything up in a nice way, but mweh. I'm disappointed. I will still keep an eye out for new work by the author, because she knows how to write, but I hope she returns to the quality of Entwined.