Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Book Review: Illusionarium by Heather Dixon

Illusionarium by Heather Dixon
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication date: May 2015
Pages: 368
Source: e-book ARC from Edelweiss
For: Review

Summary (from goodreads):
Jonathan is perfectly ordinary. But then—as every good adventure begins—the king swoops into port, and Jonathan and his father are enlisted to find the cure to a deadly plague. Jonathan discovers that he's a prodigy at working with a new chemical called fantillium, which creates shared hallucinations—or illusions. And just like that, Jonathan is knocked off his path.
Things I Liked:
This had a really unique idea and concept and I thought the world building was really awesome.  I loved how mind-bending it got near the end.  The characters weren't amazing, but I think they took a back seat to the story and it's unique intriguing ideas.  It was a complex story and I felt like I never quite grasped it all.

Things I Didn't Like:
As I said, characters were a bit flat and it felt like she took on something really big and didn't quite know what to do with it.  It felt really long in places as well.

Nothing comes to mind...

s-factor: none

mrg-factor: none

v-factor: ->
some fighting, no gore really

Overall rating: ***

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  1. Well that's disappointing fur such a lovely covered book.

  2. This wasn't my favorite book either. I agree about the characters. I felt like it focused too much on world building and didn't give me time to connect with the characters. I felt disconnected from the story because of it.

    1. Yes! That's just what I was thinking and feeling. Glad I'm not alone!


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