Review: ‘Etherworld’ by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Etherworld’ by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl KlamEtherworld by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam
Series: Elusion #2
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on March 31st, 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
In this sequel to Elusion, three teens fight a virtual reality program that threatens to destroy their minds. Dangerous secrets and lies add up to a thrilling futuristic fantasy with an Inception-inspired twist.

Elusion was hailed as an exciting leap in technology—until users began to disappear amid rumors of addiction. Regan’s search for the truth led her and her new love interest, Josh, to Etherworld. Etherworld is a dimension hidden deep beyond Elusion's firewall, where players can hide, and ultimately fight back. Regan's father and others are here working to destroy Etherworld, but the longer they stay the less likely they'll be able to return to the real world alive.

Escape means attacking Elusion from within the program. It's dangerous and it’s a puzzle. And even if they manage it, how will they be able to stop Orexis from distributing Elusion to the masses when the people who run it are corrupt?

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You know how you start a book and it jumps right into the action? This is Etherworld. The action never stopped and I was constantly on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what was going on.

Regan isn’t searching for her father this time around, she’s trying to get out of Elusion and back into the real world. Along with that, she’s also trying to solve the mystery of who is behind all the craziness that keeps happening in the virtual world and who is helping them as well. I have to admit, I kinda liked that there wasn’t a big focus on the romance here. It was hardly there. Regan was too busy being chased by people and trying to stay alive to be kissing and making out with her boyfriend. I liked it a lot. It feels like one of those “someone-is-after-you” type movies where the ending becomes a big twist. And it kind of was, but then again I guessed it half way through but I didn’t mind. it made sense. Technology sometimes cannot be controlled and this book proves it. I really enjoyed the fast paced plot and pretty much got into this futuristic sci-fi book from the beginning.

Pick this sequel up if you like science fiction and action and lots of cool sounding futuristic gadgets, you won’t be disappointed.


You know there’s no way to prevent a negative outcome. You eventually get the results you want through trying again and again until you get it right.
That’s all we have left? Hope?
If someone you loved was out there, you wouldn’t be able to stay either.
If you’re right, I’ll stand by you. I’ll do whatever it takes. This will be our fight, okay?
You just…treated her like some little girl that needed protection.
I don’t feel brave, Josh. I feel…lost.
Remember what I said? It’s my job to take care of you, not the other way around.
You kept going, kept pushing, no matter what got in your way. You never gave up. Not for a second.
Sometimes people give their lives for the advancement of technology. For science.

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