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Illusive por Emily Lloyd-Jones
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Illusive (edição 2014)

por Emily Lloyd-Jones (Autor)

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"After a vaccine accidentally creates superpowers in a small percentage of the population, seventeen-year-old Ciere, an illusionist, teams up with a group of fellow high-class, super-powered thieves to steal the vaccine's formula while staying one step ahead of mobsters and deadly government agents"--… (mais)
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Título:Illusive
Autores:Emily Lloyd-Jones (Autor)
Informação:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2014), 416 pages
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It’s been nearly four years since I read an Emily Lloyd-Jones book and I didn’t realize how much I missed her style. I feel like more people know about Lloyd-Jones after The Bone Houses (or at least – Instagram would make me think so), but her previous books are really good too. I read The Hearts We Sold in 2017 and surprised myself by loving it. Her debut, Illusive, has been on my TBR ever since. Just as good, though less unique of a story.

Illusive comes at the right time – it’s a “powered individual” story. Superhero-adjacent, but not superheroes. Whenever supernatural powers come into play, there’s always a trigger. In Illusive, it’s a side-effect from a vaccine mass-produced with limited oversight due to the crippling effects of an ongoing world-wide pandemic. So +10pts. to Lloyd-Jones for predicting COVID back in 2014, and also… I’m waiting for the power of illusion to kick in from my Moderna vaccine yes please. Because of the timing when I read this book, the setting feels very relevant and vaguely dystopian and I really enjoyed it. Even without COVD – this type of superpower story is up my alley. I’m always intrigued by the scientifically-caused superpowers (it’s one of the reasons I like Captain America: The First Avenger so much). So yes, while we’ve had a heaping mountain of superpower stories in the last few years, they never kicked off in literature, and Illusive is pretty good. And frankly? It feels more realistic than most other superhero original stories.

The characters I could take or leave. They’re interesting in the moment, but not particularly memorable. If anything, I want to know more about Magnus and Kit, who were supporting characters but clearly have an interesting history but as I understand it, there’s no further backstory available on them. There were a lot of moments in Illusive that feel like setup for something more and there is a sequel. I have faith in Lloyd-Jones that a lot of these moments and interactions are setups, because I’ve seen her weave complicated plots before.

Her writing is also immersive. There’s not a lot of flowery language, and the flashbacks are extremely limited. I’d sit down just to read a quick chapter or two, and get wrapped up in the story and steady pacing and end up reading a hundred pages or more. It’s wildly satisfying to sit down and devour a book instead of pushing myself through.

All in all, I’m positively intrigued by the world and the story and will certainly be back for Deceptive. I appreciate the realistic spin on a superpower story and the way Lloyd-Jones always manages to weave in serious themes in a respectful way. Illusive further cemented her as an insta-buy author for me. ( )
  Morteana | May 31, 2021 |
I've been having a hard time with YA lately, and this book was a breath of fresh air. I really enjoyed the writing, the characters were well developed, and the plot moved really well, and it was super enjoyable.

I really enjoyed Illusive. The concept was really cool - the vaccine for a deadly virus created "adverse effects" in some individuals, causing them to have "powers" - and I found it was executed quite well. I wasn't really sure where the story was going at first, but the writing kept me interesting and revealed things at just the right time, that I just kept reading. The pacing really worked in this novel and I didn't find I was bored at any points or wanting them to just get on with it.

The characters were great. I really liked Ciere, although she is still kind of a mystery, but I liked that she knew herself, and still had room to grow. Daniel's perspective was quite interesting, but I found his chapters more moved the plot along than really developed his character, I would have liked to see more. Kit and Magnus were both intriguing, and I enjoyed their roles in the novel, if somewhat small.

Overall, a fun, quick read, and something I enjoyed while at camp!

3.5/5 stars ( )
  jdifelice | Jan 20, 2018 |
Illusive is a YA novel that takes place in a near future where some people have gained superpowers as side effects of a vaccination. The Immune as they’re called have to chose between working for the government or prison. Or, if they’re like Ciere Giba, they can become a criminal instead.

Ciere is a seventeen year old illusionist. Her powers of illusion aren’t the strongest – she often isn’t able to extend the illusion past her own body – but they allow her to hide in plain sight, as long as there aren’t an cameras around. She’s a thief, working for Kit Copperfield, the man who takes her in after her mother dies. Then Kit gets given a job of a magnetite that their crew has never seen the likes of before.

I liked the majority of the world building. The different powers were used in interesting ways, and the government response to the creation of these powers gave the book a very dystopian feel. The only thing I wondered about was that we saw little to no impact of a extremely deadly disease sweeping across the world within the last twenty years. Maybe it’s because our protagonist is young and can’t remember it? I feel like such a significant percentage of deaths would have a lasting impact on society.

Illusive started off slow but picked up towards the middle. I was excited going into it since I really love heist plots. However, while Illusive does involve some heists, it’s not really a heist book. The main plot is more of a treasure hunt style story line.

The protagonist, Ciere, was pretty well developed even if she could be a bit frustrating at times (there’s always some reason why our teenage heroes refuse to tell the adults in their lives crucial information). The secondary characters were okay. Kit was probably my favorite of them, but Magnus shows a lot of promise. I think the three boys – Alan, Devon, and Daniel – all need more character development, especially Daniel since he’s got POV sections but still feels bland.

Speaking of characters, where were the women in this book? The protagonist is female and it still fails the Bechdal test! Ciere only ever interacts with two other women, Kit’s housekeeper and Magnus’s secretary. Neither are major characters, and she never has a conversation with either that lasts more than one line (and those one lines usually reference the men). This isn’t counting flashbacks to her memories of her dead (and unnamed) mother.

Illusive didn’t have any romance per say, but I got the definite feeling that a love triangle was being set up. She meets a hot new guy, her male best friend starts getting jealous… It’s a pattern I’ve seen many times before and still don’t care about.

While Illusive is not without its flaws, it’s still a very promising debut novel. I plan on reading the sequel.

Originally posted on The Illustrated Page. ( )
  pwaites | Mar 16, 2016 |
Rare side effects from a vaccine meant to stop a pandemic create an elite group of people called the “immunes” in Emily Lloyd-Jones’ sci-fi thriller. A small group of “immune” criminals find themselves battling government agents and a powerful crime syndicate in a race to uncover a secret the vaccine’s creator left behind.

Main character Ciere Giba, a sixteen year-old illusionist, has spent half her life with Kit Copperfield, a Faganesque character who’s the closest thing she has to a parent. Living with the memory of her mother’s death at the hands of federal agents, Ciere is used to hiding her ability and masking her identity in fear of capture and recruitment as a government agent. Instead, she’s a thief for Kit’s network of questionable clients.

When Ciere and best friend Devon, another immune with the power of perfect recall, pull off a bank heist that unwittingly attracts the attention of a new crime family, she makes a series of bad decisions that endanger the lives of everyone around her. Breaking and entering, theft and betrayal, and a high-speed chase by the FBI are just part of this accelerating plotline that piles on the intensity and yes, misdirection. Readers who stick with the slow set-up at the beginning will be rewarded with a fast-paced and suspenseful adventure once the big job starts to roll out.

Emily Lloyd-Jones’ debut novel has been called “The X-Men meets Ocean’s Eleven,” but this book reminded me more of Holly Black’s White Cat, due in part to the immune’s ability to blend in with society, at least superficially. The Mob connection is also a plot device both books share and one that readers can assume will be explored more fully in book #2. I liked the blurry depictions of good and evil, showing “good people” doing bad things and vice versa, which is more realistic and hopefully, will lead to richer character development as this series evolves.

No spoilers, but be on the lookout for a few surprises that I didn’t catch, but which seem obvious in hindsight. If you’re like me, you may be zipping through this book so quickly that you’ll miss them, too! ( )
  lillibrary | Jan 23, 2016 |
i like her take on super powers and the origin of them. it's different. vaccinations and immunities. she sets you up for a sequel but does not feel like the story was not finished. i like it a lot a lot. ( )
  kdf_333 | Jan 16, 2016 |
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