Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (July 15th 2014)
Hardcover: 448 pages
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Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
The X-Men meets Ocean’s Eleven in this edge-of-your-seat sci-fi adventure about a band of “super” criminals.
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.
I really loved the idea of this story and for the most part it was pretty action packed and engaging. The story is correctly promoted as X-Men meets Ocean’s Eleven. With the MK virus and therefore vaccination of it, it resulted in the “Immune”, those who gained super powers (powers may vary) as a result of the vaccination. Similar to X-men, there’s a power struggle between the immune and their freedom versus the government and their desire to control the immune. The part Ocean’s Eleven comes from the groups of Immune (who managed to avoid the government) who use their powers for “evil” or rather just criminal activities. The story follows two teenagers, Ciere and Daniel, and their crew and their lives as immunes and as criminals.
But for the moment, none of the matters.
They are young. They are criminals. They are glorious.
They are immune.
The story is told from both POVs of Ciere and Daniel and how they intertwine. It starts off as a any normal heist, steal a will from an attorney, but of course it turns out to be way bigger than it seems with the secrets to the vaccination on the line. I loved the story, it was fast pace and intense and unforgiving (talk about drama). And I really enjoyed most the characters. Kit Copperfield is the leader of the crew, and quite brilliant. There’s Mangus, who is totally freakin’ awesome ( mostly because he’s an extremely interesting criminal with a moral code). Together they’re fascinating duo. I enjoyed Ciere’s friend Devon, who is part part-time criminal, part rich boy and part comic relief, I like to think there’s more to Devon than meets the eye.
Daniel was an interesting character, though we didn’t get to see as much of him, or know a great deal about him. I’m hoping the next book will expand and dig deeper into Daniel for us. And there’s Ciere. Oh Ciere, how I wanted to like you so badly. She started off as a pretty cool character, as illusionist, she was rare and could do pretty cool things making her talent valuable to the criminal lifestyle. But time after time she just kept doing really stupid things.
“She’s a lunatic”, says Conrad.
“Absolutely insane,” says Gunthram.
“Either completely fearless or utterly stupid,” says Conrad.
Seems like people think she’s fearless, I personally think she’s utterly stupid because most of the problems that she gets herself into that requires complete fearlessness could have easily been avoided if she didn’t do those stupid things. For example, after a botched attempt to retrieve “the prize” with the crew, why in the devil, would you think you could do it yourself, andddddd to use it to save your own ass (from something stupid you did earlier). Yeeeaah. This was the downfall of the book.
Overall, it was a really enjoyable read despite it not living up to the mind-blowing expectations I had (which couldn’t really be helped because, the idea/concept just had so much potential for awesome). It’s still a worthwhile read, especially for fans of the sci-fi/superpower genre and the idea around the power struggle between government and the “gifted”.
PS. Oh the romance! It’s pretty subtle, if almost not-existent. Or rather, it’s kind of hard to know where the (potential) romance(s) might go. I wasn’t too impressed by the pretty stereotypical (prospective) OTP, but there’s potential for a lot of cuteness.
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