Tuesday, 23 June 2015

The Leveller (The Leveller #1) by Julia Durango

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.

Blurb (from Goodreads):
Nixy Bauer is a self-made Leveller. Her job? Dragging kids out of virtual reality and back to their parents in the real world. It’s normally easy cash, but Nixy’s latest mission is fraught with real danger, intrigue, and romance. Nixy Bauer is used to her classmates being very, very unhappy to see her. After all, she’s a bounty hunter in a virtual reality gaming world. Kids in the MEEP, as they call it, play entirely with their minds, while their bodies languish in a sleeplike state on the couch. Irritated parents, looking to wrench their kids back to reality, hire Nixy to jump into the game and retrieve them. But when the game’s billionaire developer loses track of his own son in the MEEP, Nixy is in for the biggest challenge of her bounty-hunting career. Wyn Salvador isn’t some lazy kid looking to escape his homework: Wyn does not want to be found. And he’s left behind a suicide note. Nixy takes the job but quickly discovers that Wyn’s not hiding—he’s being held inside the game against his will. But who is holding him captive, and why? Nixy and Wyn attempt to fight their way out of a mind game unlike any they’ve encountered, and the battle brings them closer than either could have imagined. But when the whole world is virtual, how can Nixy possibly know if her feelings are real? Gamers and action fans of all types will dive straight into the MEEP, thanks to Julia Durango’s cinematic storytelling. A touch of romance adds some heart to Nixy’s vivid, multidimensional journey through Wyn’s tricked-out virtual city, and constant twists keep readers flying through to the breathtaking end.

The Leveller by Julia Durango

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars


The Leveller (The Leveller, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“Now begins the great adventure. Though I leave behind a body, my soul will live forever in the MEEP.”



This was a really good YA sci-fi story about a boy stuck in a virtual world, and the girl sent in to save him.

“I blow a big breath out of my cheeks.
If there’s something worse than a shark tank, I’m not sure I want to know.”




I liked Nixy, she was seriously kick ass, and she really knew how to take down bad guys efficiently! It was really sweet the way she came to care about Wyn, and she was definitely dedicated to her job!

“I quickly trade my laser guns and rappelling equipment for a machete and a full supply of grenades. I know what’s coming next.”



The storyline in this book was really good, and I loved the twists and turns. There were loads of scary monsters and new traps for poor Nixy, and I loved how unexpected and surprising they were!

“Ouch is all I have time to think before my skull cracks like an egg.”



There was a bit of romance, and it was actually pretty cute. Nix and Wyn made a really cute couple.

“But before I close my eyes, I lean toward him. At the exact same moment, he moves closer to me. And I’m not certain how this is happening or why, but all of a sudden I am kissing Wyn Salvador.”



The ending was good, and I didn’t guess who the culprit was. I didn’t really like who it turned out to be, because it didn’t make all that much sense, but I didn’t guess it at least.
Overall; good Sc-fi, vitual-reality romp,
7 out of 10

“There was nothing there. Less than nothing. Only a pulsing, roiling cavernous void. Yet it seemed to want to reach out. It seemed… alive.
I have never seen anything like it before. I didn’t even believe it existed.
I glance at Wyn, but he doesn’t need to say anything. Doesn’t bother to explain. We both know exactly what I was staring into.
The Black.”





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