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Author: J.R. Stewart
Publisher: Blue Moon
Publication Date: 11/10/2015
Synopsis from Goodreads: When the real world is emptied of all that you love, how can you keep yourself from dependence on the virtual?
Animal activist and punk rock star Larissa Kenders lives in a dystopian world where the real and the virtual intermingle. After the disappearance of her soulmate, Andrew, Kenders finds solace by escaping to Nirvana, a virtual world controlled by Hexagon. In Nirvana, anyone’s deepest desires may be realized – even visits with Andrew.
Although Kenders knows that this version of Andrew is virtual, when he asks for her assistance revealing Hexagon’s dark secret, she cannot help but comply. Soon after, Kenders and her closest allies find themselves in a battle with Hexagon, the very institution they have been taught to trust. After uncovering much more than she expected, Kenders’ biggest challenge is determining what is real – and what is virtual.
Nirvana is a fast-paced, page-turning young adult novel combining elements of science fiction, mystery, and romance. Part of a trilogy, this book introduces readers to a young woman who refuses to give up on the man she loves, even if it means taking on an entire government to do so.
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J.R. Stewart has written a masterpiece. Combining a post-apocalyptic dystopian society with virtual reality is sheer genius. I have to say, I would never have thought I would read a book that included virtual reality in a dystopian society.
Larissa feels so very real to me. Like a sister I want to just hug. Perhaps it is because I’ve lost plenty of loved ones in my life. But it is more because Larissa – and all the characters, really – are so very life-like. You don’t really need backstory to have a character who feels real, you just have to have their actions and interactions feel as though they could be real. J.R. Stewart has done a wonderful job of making the characters in Nirvana feel as though they are real.
The storyline is brilliant – again, combining virtual reality with dystopian society. Throw in a bit of mystery with the death – or assumed death – of Larissa’s husband Andrew and you have a story that makes you want to keep reading. I was so disappointed that I had to stop reading to sleep and go to class! I wanted to just finish the book!
Trust me, this is a dystopian society book that you simply must read. A definite 5 out of 5 stars.
Nirvana will be released on Nov. 10, 2015. Make sure to grab your copy as soon as it hits the shelves. You won’t be disappointed!
I received a copy of this book free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.