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Illusionarium

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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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 361 pages
  • 149.86 x 210.82 x 30.48mm | 430.91g
  • Greenwillow Books
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0062001051
  • 9780062001054
  • 319,073

Review quote

Dixon balances the suspense with generous helpings of humor and sparkling dialogue [A] charming, romantic story, told with a light touch. --Kirkus Reviews"
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Back cover copy

Far, far north, in the cold aerial city of Fata Morgana, apprentice scientist Jonathan is preparing to leave for university.

He doesn't know about fantillium, the newly discovered chemical that allows people to share hallucinations--sometimes wondrous ones, sometimes appalling.

He doesn't know he holds the rare skill to control the hallucinations--to become an illusionist.

He doesn't know that fantillium can also open gateways to parallel worlds. Or that he will soon begin an epic journey, crossing cities and worlds, to save his family, his friends, and his very reality.

He doesn't know any of that . . . yet.

And when he does, will his compass continue to point true north? Or will it break apart?
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Rating details

2,035 ratings
3.34 out of 5 stars
5 17% (347)
4 27% (555)
3 33% (679)
2 17% (353)
1 5% (101)
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