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The X-Men meets Ocean's Eleven in this edge-of-your-seat sci-fi adventure about a band of "super" criminals.When the deadly MK virus swept across the planet, a vaccine was created to stop the epidemic,...
The X-Men meets Ocean's Eleven in this edge-of-your-seat sci-fi adventure about a band of "super" criminals.When the deadly MK virus swept across the planet, a vaccine was created to stop the epidemic,...
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  • The X-Men meets Ocean's Eleven in this edge-of-your-seat sci-fi adventure about a band of "super" criminals.


    When the deadly MK virus swept across the planet, a vaccine was created to stop the epidemic, but it came with some unexpected side effects. A small percentage of the population developed superhero-like powers, and Americans suffering from these so-called adverse effects were given an ultimatum: Serve the country or be declared a traitor.


    Some people chose a third option: live a life of crime.


    Seventeen-year-old Ciere Giba has the handy ability to change her appearance at will. She's what's known as an illusionist. She's also a thief. After crossing a gang of mobsters, Ciere must team up with a group of fellow super powered criminals on a job that most would have considered impossible: a hunt for the formula that gave then their abilities. It was supposedly destroyed years ago—but what if it wasn't?


    Government agents are hot on their trail, and the lines between good and bad, us and them, and freedom and entrapment are blurred as Ciere and the rest of her crew become embroiled in a deadly race that could cost them their lives.

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  • Emily Lloyd-Jones grew up on a vineyard in rural Oregon, where she played in evergreen forests and learned to fear sheep. After graduating from Western Oregon University with an English degree, she enrolled in the publishing program at Rosemont College just outside of Philadelphia. She currently resides in Northern California, working in a bookstore by day and writing by night. Illusive is her debut novel.

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  • DOGO Books xxpish - Ciere is 17. And she is a criminal. Ciere is one of the few people who got weird side effects from Praevenir, an antidote to the MK virus. She is an illusionist, who can make herself or her surroundings change their appearance. The 0.03% of people with side effects are being hunted by the government, and they must find ways to survive. After a bank robbery, member of the Gyr Syndicate, Brandt Guntram, threatens to tip her to the feds. Ciere and her fellow criminals, Devon and Kit are thrown into a crazy adventure, with feds on their tail, money to acquire, a law office to rob, and someone whose name might not be Pandora Marton. In a fast, fun ride, Emily Lloyd-Jones’ debut is a great take on crime and superpowers. Illusive was a wonderful book: I saw it on Edelweiss, and snatched it up. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, but I am so glad I read it. The idea and plot of this book are great; a bit reminiscent of The Incredibles, but completely different other than superpowers. I love that the characters in this book are using their powers to commit crimes instead of keeping them hidden—they are being hunted by the feds, but it’s almost like they could care less. They are having fun. The ending of this book made my heart jolt—I don’t want to spoil it though, so I am zipping my lips. There is a character in the book, Magnus, who I TOTALLY imagined in my head looking like Amos Cane from The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan, as drawn in the graphic novel. I don’t know why, but he did. I love, love, LOVE the cover of this book—just look at it! SO awesome. And the tagline is great, too. I loved this book, and you should definitely check it out!
  • Kirkus

    April 15, 2014
    Superpowered teens screw up repeatedly in this crime-caper debut. The Praevenir vaccine helped protect humanity against the MK plague, but it also left some people "immune"--endowed with one of seven superpowers. When the vaccine and its creator disappeared, those affected became pawns to cops or criminals, potential weapons in an international arms race. Seventeen-year-old Ciere Giba is an illusionist, able to blend in with her surroundings and hide from the human eye; even her name is a disguise, adopted after years spent hiding from the federal government and fleeing from memories of her mother's tragic death. Ciere's a low-level criminal, pulling heists for her Fagin-esque father figure, Kit Copperfield, and partying with her rich best friend, Devon Lyre. After two jobs go south, Ciere is on the run again, blackmailed by the Gyr Syndicate, associated with a terrorist organization, hunted by the government and in possession of the vaccine creator's final secret. Besides bouncing between flashbacks and the present, Ciere shares the narrative with her missing confederate, Daniel Burkhart. Lloyd-Jones relishes the details of criminal undertakings and con jobs but also builds a believable world of haves and have-nots, unaffected and immune. Ciere is likable if not entirely trustworthy, and the outcomes of her slapdash schemes are both entertaining and unpredictable. Readers may also want to check out the Wild Card series edited by George R.R. Martin for a similar take on superpowers. An action-packed adventure with a charming criminal crew. (Science fiction. 12 & up)

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  • School Library Journal

    June 1, 2014

    Gr 7-10-Fans of Divergent (HarperCollins, 2011) will devour this fast-paced dystopian novel. In 2017, a vaccine was hurriedly administered to counter the spread of a fatal plague. Only later do people realize that .003 percent of the immunized population have developed X-Men type characteristics. The U.S. identifies these "adverse effects" as illusive (the ability to create illusions), mentalist (telepathy), eidos (perfect memory), eludere (heightened senses), levitas (levitation), dauthus (body manipulation), and dominus (hypnosis) and forcibly recruit these superpowered citizens for government work. People wanting to avoid mandatory servitude become criminals. Teens Ciere (illusive) and Devon (eidos) work for a levitas, who carefully plans their jobs. Teaming with a mentalist, they must avoid the feds, a terrorist group, and a mob syndicate as they attempt to find the supposedly destroyed vaccine formula. Meanwhile, eludere Daniel has been captured by a dauthus and is helpless to resist the mind-controlling powers of a dominus who is also after the formula. Multiple plot twists and the present-tense narrative heighten Ciere, Devon, and Daniel's sense of paranoia as they struggle to survive in a world in which it is often difficult to tell the good guys from the bad guys. A thrilling read.-Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT

    Copyright 2014 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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    Starred review from May 15, 2014
    Grades 8-11 *Starred Review* In the not-too-distant future, the world is struck by the deadly MK plague. When a vaccine is created, it is rapidly distributed before thorough testing has been done. That is why no one is prepared for the immune: the .003 percent of the population that develops unusual abilities, such as levitation and mentalism. Seventeen-year-old Ciere Giba happens to be an illusionistshe is able to trick the human eye, altering her appearance or the space around her. As with any of the immune, she has only a few options available: work for the government, go to prison, or become a criminal. She chooses the harried freedom of being a thief, but after a foolhardy burglary leaves her entangled with a powerful crime syndicate, Ciere takes a job that leads to a dangerous discovery, one that not only puts her crew at risk but also could threaten the world at large. Boasting a complex plot, heart-stopping bursts of action, and questions regarding human nature, Lloyd-Jones' thought-provoking, multifaceted narrative neatly sidesteps categorization as just another superhero or dystopian novelthough fans of both will be drawn to the material and be pleasantly surprised. An impressive debut guaranteed to disappear from the shelves before your very eyes.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2014, American Library Association.)

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