Nirvana by JR Stewart
Published November 10th 2015 by Blue Moon
Goodreads Summary: 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.
Nirvana is a fast-paced, page-turning young adult novel combining elements of science fiction, mystery, and romance. Part of a trilogy, this book introduces readers to a young woman who refuses to give up on the man she loves, even if it means taking on an entire government to do so.
Review: I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was really looking forward to this book. It sounded absolutely fascinating. Ever since reading The Hunger Games I have fallen in love with the dystopian genre. Almost right off the bat I did not get along with the main character of this story. She seemed to rebel almost just to rebel. The whole animal activist/punk rocker felt a little ridiculous. And the world building didn’t really make a lot of sense. Yes, it is a dystopian but the world is now without plants of any kind because all of the bees die. I don’t claim to know a lot about pollination but I know that there are other ways to pollinate plants than by bees alone. It just didn’t seem feasible. Unfortunately I just had too many issues with this book to enjoy the action.