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Nirvana by J.R. Stewart


Title:  Nirvana

Author:  J.R. Stewart

Publisher:  Blue Moon Publishers

Pages:  320

Genre:  Science Fiction

Setting:  2030s Canada


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 installment 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.

From Me:

I read this novel as an ARC from NetGalley.

I’m not sure that this book knows what it’s supposed to be. Scifi? Suspense? Romance? Dystopia? I slotted it into science fiction and called it a day.

I wasn’t impressed with this book at all. The story line jumped around in time and from different character’s perspectives. I had a hard time deciphering who was telling the story, at some points, and when it was happening.

I thought the protagonist was whiny instead of heroic and she was just generally unlikable. The supporting characters were too over the top mysterious. The author tried too hard to make these characters suspenseful, which in turn, made them confusing to the plot.

This is the first book in a series, so maybe the next installments will clear up so much of the confusion I felt reading this book, but I won’t be sticking around to find out. The not understanding, the constant mystery, and the un-likability of so many of the characters made it so that I don’t care what happens to them or the story. The best part about this book is the cover.

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5 thoughts on “Nirvana by J.R. Stewart

  1. That is an awesome cover. Too bad the book didn’t live up to the description! That alone had me wanting to read it. An interesting premise. Well, boo. Thanks for reviewing it so I know not to waste my time on it!


    1. I felt bad about being so harsh, but when I was writing this post and trying to find something about the novel that I liked, it irritated me that I had to search so hard. That being said, there are quite a few positive reviews of this book on Goodreads, so maybe this book just wasn’t for me.

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