Friday, September 4, 2015

Review: Nirvana by J.R. Stewart

When the real world is emptied of all that you love, how can you keep yourself from dependence on the virtual? 

Larissa Kenders lives in a world where the real and the virtual intermingle daily. After the supposed death of her soulmate, Andrew, Larissa is able to find solace by escaping to Nirvana, a virtual world where anything is possible – even visits with Andrew. Although Larissa is told that these meetings are not real, she cannot shake her suspicion that Andrew is indeed alive. When she begins an investigation of Hexagon, the very institution that she has been taught to trust, Larissa uncovers much more than she ever expected and places herself in serious danger. Her biggest challenge, however, remains determining what is real – and what is virtual. 

Nirvana is the first instalment in the three-part “Nirvana” series, a fast-paced, page-turning young adult trilogy that combines elements of the romance, mystery, and science fiction genres. This first novel 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.

My Thoughts:
This book was both compelling & frustrating.  I'll admit, after reading some of the reviews from my fellow "bookies" I was a little worried.  I agree with some of their points.  I did find the switch between POVs confusing since it happened in the middle of chapters and sometimes in the middle of a paragraph.  I didn't really like Kenders but I understood her.  I rooted for her because she had suffered so much in her childhood & then again at the hands of Hexagon.  I don't really know how much searching she actually did inside Hexagon.  There were hints that she took some papers out of Andrew's file but it never talked about her getting them to her room to study them.  Little inconsistencies such as that were common throughout the book.  Getting the history of why the Earth is in such harsh conditions was like looking through scratched glass.  I could see it, but it wasn't really clear.  The pace of the story was good & the mystery of it was what kept me intrigued.  I'm still a little unclear as to whether the "enemy" that people need protecting from is alien or on Earth.  I thought the cliff hanger at the end was brilliant and I can't wait to see what happens.  Over all I'd give this book a 3.5 star rating.  I hope the next book in the series is a bit more polished and the POVs are more defined.  Character development could also use improvement.  I didn't understand who really started the extinction of the bees or their continued motivation behind it.  After so long, even money becomes meaningless when so few are around to need it.  

Recommended for 15 & up.  Moderate sexual content.

I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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