Nov 10, 2015

Book Review: Nirvana

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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Let me start off by saying that this book is categorized as a young adult novel which by definition is for readers between the ages of twelve to eighteen.   I don't feel that it belongs there as it is about a young woman who has graduated from college and has been married for a few years.  She is almost thirty so definitely not a young adult. Whew.  Now that is out of the way, let me get on with the review.

This is a real page turner of a book.  It is set in the future where our ecology has been destroyed by loss of bees.  Yes the simple insect that is responsible for the pollination of the majority of our crops. Both Kenders and her husband, Andrew, work for Hexagon and Andrew has disappeared.  The higher ups are pressuring Kenders to sign off on his death certificate but she is sure that he is still alive.  Somewhere.  

I really liked Kenders. She is a woman who has survived hardships in her past and learned to love again with Andrew.  Now she isn't quite sure just who to trust in her search for him.  She feels deep in her soul that he is still alive and she does interact with him in the virtual plane but is starting to doubt that reality.  

This book kept me guessing just what was real myself.  There are some villains that are easy to pick out but others I am not so sure of.  This is just the first book in the series so I am really looking forward to reading more so I can find out for myself just who to trust.

I do recommend this book to my readers of all ages who enjoy the dystopian genre.  I found this one to be all to realistic especially in light of the issue that the bees are having right now.  Is there a corporation bent on destroying them just to make money?

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.


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