★ "An impressive debut guaranteed to disappear from the shelves before your very eyes." —Booklist
"An action-packed adventure with a charming criminal crew."—Kirkus
"Illusive is a fun and engaging read that instantly hooks. A sequel to this debut novel would be very appreciated." —Voice of Youth Advocates
"Emily Lloyd-Jones's thriller is fresh, thought-provoking, and addictively readable." —School Library Journal
Little, Brown / 2014
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.