[Re-Review] Nirvana

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Title: Nirvana

Series: Nirvana #1

Author: J.R. Stewart

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-fi

Published: November 10, 2015

Source: Copy provided to re-review.

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads

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.
** This review is based off of the new, revised copy of Nirvana. Please check out my original review here.

Okay, so this was most certainly a completely different story compared to what I read in the beginning, but did it get better? Not really.

The back and forth (until later on when it just... stopped) of character perspectives really killed me on top of the switching of tenses. I still didn't feel emotional connections, or any connections at all, to the characters. The lack of the connections made it extremely difficult for me to really care about what happens with the character's friends. Seriously. In scenes where I should feel sad, upset, pissed, etc., I was basically blank-staring at the pages while I continued to read.

In addition to the "same problems that I had with the other edition" list, the writing was still bland. There was no excitement or even urgency where there should have been. It really felt like I was "listening" to someone who has a monotone voice and that made the book just continuously drag. It actually made me want to stop reading on several occasions, but I couldn't when I needed to post a new review on this "revised" edition.

The new things added in were refreshing, but unfortunately, not enough so to make this book better than the first. If at all, it's only .01% better. Once again, I was disappointed with a book with a promising plot. The chapters ended weirdly, too, by the way. I don't know what's up with that at all.

All in all, this book didn't do well for me. I'm kind of glad I've finished reading it, but I'm still extremely upset that this wasn't as good as I'd hoped... especially when I was informed that they listened to our feedback. The rating remains the same.

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