eARC Book Review: Nirvana by J.R. Stewart

Goodreads Synopsis

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.


I received this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I finally managed to get through this one. In the book Nirvana is a virtual world where people can go for a while and live out their dreams, fantasies, you name it. In Nirvana, everything you do is recorded and watched. You can’t hide.

Larissa Kenders is a seventeen year old woman (I say woman because I got the idea that since it was about 2087 in the story, people matured earlier. It kind of put me off because her age was mentioned quite often in the book and the situations she was in were those that seventeen years shouldn’t really be involved in. After getting news that her fiancee Andrew is dead she refuses to believe that to be the truth and goes on dangerous missions to prove it.

There were aspects of the book that I really liked. I liked where technology went and the minds of some of the people. There was enough action and backstabbing to keep me interested. With the dying Earth (or dead Earth) theme it was intriguing to see what would happen to the world. Basically, bees are important. We need them.

It took me a while to get to this book and then two days to actually finish it, when it could’ve been read in less than a day. It felt like it was taking forever and at one point I nearly put the book down. The writing style was good and it was easy to read, but the story didn’t really appeal to me. I enjoyed it for the most part though.

Read: 27 October 2015
Rating: ✮✮✮

Publication Date: 10 November 2015
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: J.R. Stewart

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