What I expected:
I anticipated something a bit soppy with an element of grittiness from the heroine. I was hoping it wasn’t too soppy else it would end up being a DNF (did not finish). We shall see!
What it was:
This book tells the tale of Larissa who goes by the name of Kenders. Her husband Andrew is presumed dead and she is struggling to accept this fact as the truth. She uses a virtual world known as Nirvana as a means of escape and a way to meet Andrew so that she can still experience all that she did before his ‘death ‘.
The world is one of ‘company’ control and if you are not one of the select few then your life is uncertain. Larissa risks uncertainty if she doesn’t toe the company line!
This book surprised me, I was concerned that it would turn me off with too much romance but the author stayed true to the dystopian grimness of the world and kept my attention. I think I finished it in about four sittings!
It was well written and though I did work out one of the plot developments I think it was probably a given anyway.
I received an e-ARC of this novel through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. NetGalley does not allow for paid reviews.
I’m struggling with the star rating for this one. I’ve struggled to decide between a 4 and a 5! It isn’t quite a 5, but then it isn’t strictly only a 4; nonetheless it will be a four.
4/5 Stars (What this means…five-stars-applied-carefully)
When the real world is emptied of all that you love, how can you keep yourself from dependence on the virtual?
Larissa lives in a world where the real and the virtual intermingle. After the supposed death of her soul mate, Andrew, Larissa is able to find solace by escaping to Nirvana, a virtual world where anything is possible – even visits with Andrew. Although Larissa knows that these meetings are not real, she cannot shake her suspicion that Andrew is indeed alive. When she begins an investigation of the Hexagon, the very institution that she has been taught to trust, Larissa uncovers much more than she ever expected. Her biggest challenge, however, remains determining what is real – and what is virtual.
Nirvana is a fast-paced page-turning young adult novel combining elements of the romance, mystery, and science fiction genres. Part of a three-part series, this book introduces readers to a heroine who refuses to give up on the man she loves, even if it means taking on an entire government to do so. As the lines between the real and virtual worlds begin to blur, Larissa and the reader realize that all is not as it seems, and the complex mystery only deepens.
Get your copy:
Nirvana (Nirvana Series Book 1)