Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones
When the 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. 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 a robbery goes awry, Ciere must team up with a group of fellow super-powered criminals on another job that most would consider too reckless. The formula for the vaccine that gave them their abilities was supposedly destroyed years ago. But what if it wasn’t?
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 against the government that could cost them their lives.
Ciere is a thief, on the run from the government as well as the local mafia. Her special ability is being able to project an illusion that others can see. This is helpful in masking her own identity – as long as there aren’t any video cameras watching. Unfortunately, the local mafia believes she has encroached on their domain, and wants the money she stole. Otherwise they’ll turn her over to the government.
Illusive is an impressive debut with interesting characters with incredible gifts. Packed with action, adventure, mystery, and intrigue – this fast-paced novel is hard to put down. I hope it’s just the first in a long series, as there is plenty of potential here. There is a sequel in the works, so I’m happy about that. Fans of X-Men will enjoy this darker twist on the superhero subgenre.