I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Nirvana (Nirvana Series #1) by J. R. Stewart
Published by Blue Moon Publishers on November 10th 2015
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.
Interesting synopsis, really cool thoughts, but overall it did not impress.
The main character tells how she met her hubby in the first 10% of the book. I loved this part. I have also started noticing that I really enjoy first person compared to third, depends on the writer of course, but to bring a reader into the story the writer has to really compel the reader to want to know the characters.
Sadly, after that 10% portion, I did not feel at all interested in the characters. Which is sad because I feel for her, to a point. Her husband is dead (or missing) and she wants to believe he will be ok. With virtual reality I can only imagine how much this would screw up her head. Why then would her Corporal, someone who is supposed to be watching out for her, allow her to go into Nirvana over and over again to see her husband?
After about 20 ish % I started skimming. I’m a depressive person so I get her being depressed. I didn’t want to read the same old thing about her missing her husband without a real change in the developments. This is only over a few months but it seems to continue on in the same fashion for far too long.
I cannot even say the ending interested me. I wanted it to but after skimming so much it didn’t do anything for me. It’s confusing.
It wasn’t the writing necessarily, because the first portion pulled me right into the book. So, I think I’ll read something else from the author but maybe skip this series.