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Book Review: Nirvana (Nirvana Series #1) by J.R. Stewart



Synopsis:
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.


About the Author:
J.R. Stewart has worked on many government and corporate projects throughout a prolific IT academic and consulting career and has become one of North America's foremost experts on virtual reality. After having worked on advanced "VR" technologies for over a decade, Stewart grew concerned about the implications of this work and the possible psychological effects that it may have on its users. 
In 2010, Stewart considered publishing a revealing account of the advances being made regarding this technology, but was concerned about the implications that a tell-all book may have on career prospects. The next year, writing under a protective pseudonym, Stewart began work on the speculative "Nirvana" series instead. Finally ready for publication, these novels present a story that is closer to reality than you may assume.

My Review:
I wanted to read this book when I found it on net galley because of the cover and synopsis. Unfortunately I could not finish it. Then a week ago I am notified that the author made some major edits and i should give it another try.
I did and was happy about the truly drastic changes this is a completely different book then the first ARC. I did not like the main character, world or plot from the first ARC. Thankfully changes were made. I enjoyed the read it was not boring like the first copy and the plot more interesting and true to the synopsis. The main character Larissa goes from an unlikable whinny protagonist to a strong character who will not give up! The story flows better and the world built is amazing and will capture your attention. I would recommend this book to anyone how likes sci-fi and fantasy! those who read the first ARC please request the second ARC you will not be disappointed!

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