Illusive - YA Review by Eli S-M

Reader: Eli S-M
Age: 15
Title: Illusive
Author: Emily Lloyd-Jones
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pub Date: 7/15/14
Galley: Yes
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: This book is worth reading for several reasons. First of all, it features an interesting concept. Like Steelheart, it explores the real world consequences of a sudden influx of superheroes in a fairly realistic and intriguing way. Secondly, the plot of a 'gifted' character simply trying to survive was unique and interesting. It did seem, at times, as though the government, which I would identify as the main antagonist, was a bit over simplified and made into more of an evil force than is reasonable.
Memorable or Forgettable: This book was memorable. One interesting thing the book had was a lack of distinct villains. The government was definitely an antagonist, but each individual within the government had their own motivations, none of which centered around bringing down the main character. The use of other antagonists, such as organized crime, also helped make the government seem less of a mustachio-twirling villain and more simply a factor which contributed to the overall plot.
Cover: I think the cover pretty well described the contents of the book and sort of made me want to pick it up.
Age Range: Under 12 through 15
Quality: 3Q Readable
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal

tags:  dystopian / action / superpowers / ya lit

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