Nirvana (Nirvana Series Book One) by J.R. Stewart (final edition)

What I expected:
I already read the proof copy, so I was pretty clued up on most of the plot for this one. Nonetheless I looked forward to reading this the final version to see how the story had evolved in the final rewrite. 

What it was:
The story is the same but totally changed. There is more to it and the subtleties enhance the reading experience.
The appearance of different characters enhance the story, for example, Andrew whom Kenders loves and misses most in the world makes more of an appearance, due to Nirvana episodes. Whereas Paloma didn’t feature in the first draft, but creates quite an impact in this final version, in her own callous way. Lexie is one of Kenders band and it is good that she features more in the final version, it gives a more rounded edge to Kenders character.
I knew the story, but until I read this, the final version, I didn’t really know the story. And I enjoyed it so much when reading it again in a different way. 
And the ending…!

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.

5/5 Stars (What this means…five-stars-applied-carefully)

Official description:
If you enjoy futuristic what-if books like The Hunger Games or The Matrix, give this series a read.
– Victoria Harvey, Ivy’s Ecclectic Reviews

“Intriguing meld of virtual reality, species extinction, and corporate evil.” – Wendy Stephens, Director, United States Board on Books for Young People

5-star rating
– Jessica Waggoner, Books-a-Million

“The author stayed true to the dystopian grimness of the world and kept my attention. I think I finished it in about four sittings!”
– Julie Short, Julie Short review blog

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. Are you ready to enter Nirvana?

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Nirvana (Nirvana Series Book 1)

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