Saturday, 7 March 2015

Illusion (The Remedy Files #1) by Lauren Eckhardt

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Lauren Eckhardt.

Blurb (from Goodreads):
A life without feelings, a life without decisions; that’s the only life Evangeline knows. Due to the manufacturing of Remedy, her community of Impetus has discovered a way to survive and prevent the self-destructing mistakes of The Before by inhibiting feelings, creating a society that relies wholly on logic and entrusts Impetus to make all the decisions for its people. A chance encounter results in a friendship between Evangeline and Gavin that challenges Evangeline to reassess her conviction in the world she has always known and introduces her to a choice she never thought she had. By defying Impetus on her 18th birthday, Evangeline is taken on an intense journey through divided populations, power struggles, love triangles and the vitality of physical and emotional feelings. Every single part of her being is tested and challenged to make decisions like she’s never before been forced to do. She must determine who she trusts, who she loves, and who she’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of what’s right and to fight what she believes is wrong.

Illusion by Lauren Eckhardt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Illusion (The Remedy Files #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Lauren Eckhardt.)

“Remember: Three meals, three drinks and three Remedy doses a day keeps your life healthy and in play.”

This was an interesting dystopian story that left me anticipating the next book in the series!

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I liked Evie, although she did come across as slightly naïve. I think this was in actuality a good depiction of a girl raised to believe a certain thing though, and that her naivety was more about her being brainwashed to not ask questions, rather than a flaw in her character.

“You don’t need a past to be successful in your present and future. The past does not carry any weight.”

I have to say I was surprised at how willing Evie was to sneak away to see Gavin though, especially considering the penalties for breaking the rules!

“The most important thing is making sure that no one discovers that I actually go outside of Impetus walls. It is considered extremely unlawful and positioned in the community as a sign of rebellion, not only against Impetus but also my own life.”

The storyline in this was pretty good, although I did find the pace a little slow. There was time allowed to learn about Impetus slowly though, so we found things out gradually as the book went along. It was a little difficult to understand things at first, but this did get better as the book progressed.
The rules within Impetus were truly awful though! Banning asking questions? Terrible!

“This is also when they began to strictly enforce A066, better deemed the Curiosity Ban, which makes both the thinking and asking of what, why, when, and how questions illegal.”

There was some romance in this story, although it was a little complicated. I could see the different relationships developing as the story went along, and it really did become difficult to work out who would end up with who!

“Your eyes go to what your mind is on. I’ve seen the way you get nervous in spaces that look like a box. I’ve seen you stare at these flowers as your eyes light up.” He shuffles his feet a bit. “My favourite, though, is when your eyes land on me.”

The ending to this had some action, some unexpected deaths, and then a cliff-hanger that left me desperate for answers! I await book 2 now to find out what happens next for Evie!
Overall; thought-provoking dystopian, that will leave you highly anticipating the sequel!
7.5 out of 10

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