Wednesday 18 November 2015

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?

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.'

We are taken into a completely different world, a world in which ours doesn't exist anymore. Earth has died out step by step. Starting with the extinction of bees. This is a world in which rich people have uploaded their entire mind into a computer to replace their human bodies.

Kendal was a punk rockstar back in our world, now her only way is to play in a virtual world where they venue is uploaded and nothing is actually real. However she prefers everything human and real. 

Andrew is a top programer that is working for Hexagon who basically own everything and everyone. Living together they both have very different morals to everyone else. Even tho Andrew is the one who build and invented so many things, including Nirvana. However Hexagon is trying to push him to complete a very big project that would make them a lot of money, he however doesn't think it's ready and it needs much more research. 

In Nirvana you can enter a different world and you can be whatever you want to be while you are put under a sort of sleep, for a cost. But some people turn on the red door program, and those people dissapear. Kenders and Andrew try to hide the red program starting to save people. But how much longer can they do this until they get caught. 

When Andrew dissapears and people come looking for him, his work and his computer. Kendal knows he is in trouble, however she doesn't know why. Who can she trust? And will she know what's real and what isn't? This is where the book starts to get really interesting. 

At first it took me some time to wrap my head around this new world. But once I got reading more I started to get into the story itself a lot more. There was a few places in the book where I wasn't sure what was going on. And I felt there was a few jumps forward that confused me. Other then that this has been a really interesting read. A very adventures journey to find the man she loves. Kendal basically takes on the world without knowing why and for what cause. I really like the girl. The word has still so much potential and I can't wait to see where it leads next. The end of the book certainly leaves you wanting more.

I have received this book of NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

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