I received this book for free from Publisher on NetGallery in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Nirvana by J. R. Stewart
Series: Nirvana #1
Published by Blue Moon Publishers on November 10th 2015
Genres: Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic, Fiction, Science Fiction
Source: Publisher on NetGallery
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.
I ended up with the first eARC. Then the author updated it so I downloaded the second eARC. The second eARC was much better than the first however “Nirvana” was still not the book for me. Having read the first eARC and then getting the second one it is really hard not to compare the two. The characters ages changed. It seemed like bits and pieces of the story were disappearing. I really didn’t like it. I feel like both of the drafts came out way too soon for the story. It isn’t completely developed or thought out like it should be.