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Blurb (from Goodreads) :
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 rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was a story about one woman, and her insistence that her husband wasn’t dead, no matter what anyone told her.
I did feel quite sorry for Larissa at points, because she had lost her husband, and she was obviously suffering because of it, but at the same time, she began to sound a bit like a broken record, as all she ever seemed to say was ‘Andrew isn’t dead’.
The storyline was likewise a bit repetitive. There seemed to be lots of info dumps and arguments about virtual reality, and lots of discussion about how things went wrong (almost like the author was trying to explain to us why things that we might do could lead to an apocalypse), but I will say that the author did do a lot of quite complex world building, which some people might appreciate. Otherwise the whole book was about Larissa’s insistence that Andrew wasn’t dead, whilst other people tried to argue against her.
The ending to this was a bit of a cliff-hanger, and it was a shame that after sitting through the book we seemed to have been left with more questions than answers.
6 out of 10