Illusionarium

About the book: What if the world holds more dangers—and more wonders—than we have ever known? And what if there is more than one world? From Heather Dixon, author of the acclaimed Entwined, comes a brilliantly conceived adventure that sweeps us from the inner workings of our souls to the far reaches of our imaginations.

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. Through richly developed parallel worlds, vivid action, a healthy dose of humor, and gorgeous writing, Heather Dixon spins a story that calls to mind The Night Circus and Pixar movies, but is wholly its own.

My review: This book was interesting for me. I won't say that it was my favorite, but it was interesting. The whole tone of the book seemed just really dark. In the beginning Jonathan and his family are concerned for the sickness that is killing people in the capital city and then it's brought to their village and half of his family ends up with the disease. There's no cure and the woman that seems to be the one hope for finding a cure seems to be crazy. And then Jonathan tries the fantillium and decides that he will be the one to figure out a cure. But in so doing, he ends up unwittingly sacrificing what makes him the man that he is, his integrity. 

This book is a bit crazy and even confusing at times as you're in the alternate reality especially. I thought that the writing was really good, her imagery had me feeling as if I was in that alternate reality as well, but I much prefer light happy books over this kind that felt almost dark and brooding. I thought that the characters were really well-written as well. I felt that I had a good grasp of just who they were from the very beginning of the book. 

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