Author - Emily Lloyd-Jones
Genre - Sci Fi Thriller
Release Date - July 15th 2014
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 he government that could cost them their lives.
The Insider's Scoop
Name Meanings in ILLUSIVE
I love names - their origins, their evolution, their trends. After all, names are how we identify and differentiate one another. We even define ourselves through them, which is kind of profound if you think about it. So when it comes to character names, I can spend weeks trying to find the right one.
(And then there are some names I pick just because they amuse me.)
Names have great significance in ILLUSIVE. In that world, keeping one’s birth name is seen as a luxury. Because criminals have to reinvent themselves every few years, taking a new name is part of the process. Names become transitory and sometimes an inside joke amongst themselves. Even so, these names will often reveal more of their personality than they realize…
This name is derived from the French word, 'gibeciere,' which is a type of bag used by street magicians. So, yes. The main character's name basically means, "bag of tricks". Since all of the superpowers are based on some type of stage magic, these references do crop up. (And for the record, the first name is pronounced “see-air”. The last name is “gee-buh”.)
Since this character is from England, I ended up choosing an English location for his first name. (Subtle, I know.) His last name is Lyre for two reasons: first, it sounds like “liar,” which I had some fun with. Then there’s the fact that this character sometimes gets played. (Ba dum cha. I'll be here all week, guys.)
I chose this character’s first name because a kit is a baby fox. Foxes bring to mind sly intelligence. I settled on “Copperfield” because I was re-reading some classical literature at the time. (Yay, Dickens!) Kit is a fan of the classics, so the name fits.
This character’s name went through a few variations, but I eventually settled on “Magnus” because it’s a late Latin name meaning “great”. I took Fugaré from another Latin word meaning “to exile” or “to drive away”.
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