Today we’re pleased to be hosting the exclusive cover reveal and giveaway for debut author Emily Lloyd-Jones’ new book Illusive, coming out July 24, 2014 from Little Brown. I’ve had my eye on this title for awhile now, and I’m excited that we finally know more about it.
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 teams 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, 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.
Illusive will be released on July 24, 2014.
Doesn’t it sound like fun? For a die-hard scifi and thriller fan like me, it’s pure catnip! Without further ado, here is the cover, along with a few things the author wants you to know about her story:
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5 Things to Know About ILLUSIVE
by Emily Lloyd-Jones
1. This book has a very geeky origin story.
I envy the writers who can reminisce about how their novel idea came to them in a dream/on a trip/during a moment of clarity. Those stories all sound so dignified.
I watched superhero movies. I watched too many superhero movies and decided they were unrealistic. That little voice in the back of my head kept saying that I could do it—I could write a realistic superhero origin story. But this plan hit a small snag when I realized something…
2. The main character isn’t heroic.
Ciere Giba is a 17-year-old super-powered thief. She’s got a short attention span, is a terrible driver, a decent pick pocket, has a weakness for cute animals, and her only real skill is that she casts life-like illusions over herself. When I was creating her, I realized that if teenagers had superpowers, the temptation to misuse them would be very strong.
I mean, if you could change your appearance at will, wouldn’t you be tempted to sneak into places you shouldn’t go?
3. I did a lot of research for this book. I had to. People who know me think it’s hilarious that I write about criminals… because I am the least criminal person ever. No really, I am. I follow traffic laws, I’ve never shoplifted, and I’m far too nervous to attempt anything illegal.
The research for ILLUSIVE included buying books on security cameras, learning the theory of lock-picking, having a friend’s dad teach me how to fire a handgun, and discovering what it felt like to be in a choke-hold.
Oh, and there was a sunny afternoon I spent driving up and down the Schuylkill River outside Philadelphia, looking for a place I could (theoretically) dump a body. That day, I really made sure to follow traffic laws.
4. Much of the inspiration for ILLUSIVE came from my fascination with Cold War history.
I like history. (Scratch that—I’m sort of in love with history.) One of the time periods I’m interested in is that of the Cold War—how two major super-powers faced off for decades, how the aftermath of the Manhattan Project affected the world, how close humanity came to the brink.
I realized this is how superpowers might play out in real life. People who possessed powers would be seen as walking, breathing weapons. These people would be dangerous and valuable, and governments would be desperate to have them. And not just have them, but use them. A bomb wouldn’t be the most terrifying thing out there: it would be a person who could make you hallucinate, read your mind, or even control your actions. Such circumstances would create an atmosphere of paranoia—you could never know who is dangerous and who isn’t. The world would be forced to operate under the assumption that every person possesses the potential to be a threat.
There would be no superheroes. Just people who possess powers—and want to survive. All of this probably sounds a little grim, which leads me into number five…
5. At its heart, ILLUSIVE is a caper. I meant it to be a romp with criminals who can levitate, read minds, cast illusions, and snark at one another. I hope readers have as much fun with this book as I did.
Isn’t the cover amazing? I love how the noir moodiness of the colors and artwork, and the slanty words are very superhero-like. It almost looks like a sophisticated graphic novel.
Thanks to the author and our friends at Little Brown, one of our lucky readers will receive one of the very first ARCs of this title available. (Guys, it doesn’t even come out until July 2014, but you’re going to get it before the holidays!) All you have to do is leave a comment below telling us why you’re excited to read this book, and to fill out the Rafflecopter form.
About the Author
Emily Lloyd-Jones writes words. She also works at an indie bookstore, where she sells words. She currently resides in northern California, with an overflowing bookshelf and a very neurotic cat.