Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Leveller (The Leveller, #1)” as Want to Read:
The Leveller (The Leveller, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Leveller

(The Leveller #1)

by
3.66  ·  Rating details ·  2,298 Ratings  ·  429 Reviews
Nixy Bauer is a self-made Leveller. Her job? Dragging kids out of virtual reality and back to their parents in the real world. It’s normally easy cash, but Nixy’s latest mission is fraught with real danger, intrigue, and romance.

Nixy Bauer is used to her classmates being very, very unhappy to see her. After all, she’s a bounty hunter in a virtual reality gaming world. Kids
...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 23rd 2015 by HarperCollins
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Leveller, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
D A I S Y ✿ I personally didn't find it satisfying at all.. I was just flipping pages then bam, thank you note.
Basically they completed an initial quest, but…more
I personally didn't find it satisfying at all.. I was just flipping pages then bam, thank you note.
Basically they completed an initial quest, but that initial quest created a lot of questions left unanswered. It's a good book, but if I had known it was a series and the sequel wasn't released yet, I would've waited to read it.(less)

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
|
Filter
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Speaking as a gamer (World of Warcraft, Starcraft, Diablo...the list goes on and on) this book about a virtual reality game was utterly unconvincing. It tries too hard to be cool, and doesn't succeed in the least. To be fair, it's pretty hard to build the world of a game that feels realistic, but the reality remains that the book didn't do a good job. The quasi-futuristic world, the technology, the game itself...felt childish and undeveloped. There was very little technology at all, actually, wh ...more
Peregrine
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
"MEEP"?



i see more reviewers have latched on to the Beaker thing. i couldn't finish this book because of "MEEP" and "Meeple" and "Meep-O Men" and all the other things. i kept laughing.

anyway it was bad. bland characters, bland world, bland story. (also MEEP). at least it didn't take itself too seriously.

MEEP MEEP MEEP MEEP MEEP
Sarah
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“Now begins the great adventure. Though I leave behind a body, my soul will live forever in the MEEP.”



This was a really good YA sci-fi story about a boy stuck in a virtual world, and the girl sent in to save him.

“I blow a big breath out of my cheeks.
If there’s something worse than a shark tank, I’m not sure I want to know.”




I liked Nixy, she was seriously kick ass, and sh
...more
Danielle (Love at First Page)
3-3.5 stars

The Leveller is the second book in as many months (at the time of writing this review) that I've been reminded of Ready Player One, so I think fans of Ernest Cline will be very happy to know that virtual reality is becoming a hot topic in YA. With The Leveller there's not so much a dystopian feel, and I'm not sure if it's meant to be a standalone or a series because the consequences of the "larger picture" don't come into play until the very end. As it is, this is more of an action-or
...more
Molly
This book was as bland and white as a single slice of white bread, and had about the same amount of depth.

our main character
^our main character

Just a selection of questionable happenings: middle class white girl protagonist thinks she lives in "the ghetto" because her parents are underpaid programmers, the boy she falls in insta-love with has "coffe-with-cream" coloured skin, the Asian friend is a mathematical, chess playing hacker (duh, what else could he be?) (nicknamed Chang, nonetheless) and (view spoiler)
...more
Anna (Enchanted by YA)
***I received the ARC ebook free as a review copy from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review***

One sit read: check.
Heart pounding action: check.
Twists and turns: check.
No nonsense heroine: check.
Love/hate relationship with swoon worthy guy: check.
The Leveller ticked all the boxes!

To top it off, this book kept my interest. The whole virtual world idea isn’t something I’d seen explored before but it’s definitely something I want to see more of. There’s so much potential
...more
Rayne
2.5 stars

The Leveller is a very quick and admittedly entertaining novel, that delivers exactly what it promises, and I can't exactly fault it for it. There's really not much to it: virtual reality, gaming references, adolescent humor and quick romance. It is mostly depthless, unconcerned with mostly everything besides delivering thrills and fun, and a very quick read, and that's all there is to it. People looking for a fast-paced, uncomplicated and inventive (within YA standards) read will defin
...more
Emily (Falling for YA)
The Leveller takes place in the not so distant future where everyone can enter a virtual reality world called the MEEP. The MEEP allows you to build whatever kind of world you want. It comes as no surprise that people start getting addicted to these made up worlds.

It is Nixy’s, off the books, job to enter the MEEP and drag out kids who have been gaming a little too long. When the MEEP creator’s son goes missing he hires Nixy to get Wyn back. The problem is Wyn isn’t just gaming, someone has tra
...more
Max Baker
My main problem with The Leveller is not about what The Leveller is, but rather what it could have been. The idea of a virtual reality video game isn't anything new in YA, but the premise opens up so many different topics ranging from gaming addiction to the neurological complications with having something beamed directly into you skull. Plus, the world building and setting can pretty much be as creative or imaginative as the author desires.

But, my issue with The Leveller all steam from the fact
...more
Lauren ✨ (YABookers)
I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.

The Leveller was a read that actually rather shocked me because it's strangely good. For fans of video games and RPGs, this young adult novel is a must-read. It's exciting, light-hearted, witty and is every gamers dream.

Nixy is what's called a Leveller. She retrieves stubborn teenagers from the MEEP (a virtual world) where they're living their own little fantasy. It's easy money. But things get a little tougher when the developer of the ME
...more
Farrah
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
With thrills, twists, and a bit of romance, The Leveller was a fantastic YA read that I really enjoyed. From the expansive setting to the betrayals and secrets agendas, this book was excellent and I really loved it.

The setting was interesting, with the characters being in a virtual world most of the time. I liked how it was portrayed, though I would have liked to have seen the endless possibilities of a virtual world shown in the setting. But, regardless, I thought the setting was well done.

Nixy
...more
Nashalee
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
2 out of 5 stars

[ Just to let everyone know that I rate books by the way Goodreads sets the stars. ]

2 stars means that it was okay!

I DID like the book but there were some things that were missing and that were pretty bland. The plot was interesting to read on the back of the cover but once I got to read the book, the plot disappeared into the BLACK and turned into your typical contemporary novel with a HINT of sci-fi. No one is THAT good at a game.


The Characters:
Our protagonists are a mary-sue &
...more
Shelley
**I received this book for free from (HarperCollins) via (Edelweiss) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*Genre* Young Adult, Science Fiction
*Rating* 4.0

*My Thoughts*

17-year old Phoenix "Nixy" Bauer is what's known as a Leveller. Her job? Dragging kids back from a virtual reality called MEEP who have overstayed their time limits, and bringing them back to their parents. Nixy's motto is "Nixy Bauer, home in an hour!" Nixy onl
...more
Brittany (Brittany's Book Rambles)
4.5/5 stars

What a fun read! In fact, I laughed out loud on more than one occasion while reading. Nixy and I would be best buds. She has a lot of snark and I feel like she's my spirit animal. The main problem I would say with this book is that I don't quite understand the motive of the bad guy, but other than that I enjoyed it. If you're in-between books, I would suggest this one because it's funny, light, and short.

Read my full review HERE.
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
This review was originally posted on The Moonlight Library
SUMMARY
The world is obsessed with a virtual simulation called MeaParadisus, or MEEP. It’s strictly a solo game where people can live out their fantasies. Nixy can (illegally) enter other people’s games courtesy of her beta code (courtesy of her parents, who both work with the MEEP) and extract them if they’re illegally staying too long. When the creator of the MEEP’s son goes missing and is presumed suicidal, Nixy is pulled in to level hi
...more
Jazmen
A stunning debut with a spunky and feisty heroine that made me laugh, and root for her. Nixy Bauer is a Leveller. Her job--is to drag kids out of virtual reality and back into the real world. The parents pay her and the kids hate her. Everything is moving along swell, until the game's creator calls her on a mission that could possibly put her in danger. The kind of danger that is not as easy as resetting the game.

The creator's son is in the game, and he doesn't want to be found--leaving behind a
...more
Anastasia
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Я - не поклонник компьютерных игр. Но аннотация к этой книге меня заинтересовала. Герои, которые застряли в виртуальном мире, - именно этот момент меня привлекал всегда и в фильмах, и в книгах. Так что, побежала ее читать, как только появилась возможность.
После прочтения первой главы, сразу поняла, что эта книга напоминает мне прочитанный в прошлом году романчик The Summer I Became A Nerd. Только там был именно роман с героями, крайне увлеченными комиксами, а тут нечто вроде дистопии с огромным
...more
Miranda
First off, Yeessss a nerdy gamer type book.
Ok now that I've geeked out for s second let's get down to the review.
This to me was the more kiddish/YA version of Ready Player One, it's s virtual reality world were our main character gets paid to get people out of the game. She gets a job from the guy who basically invented it to level his son out. Now if your like me I thought leveling meant "hey I'm gonna go quest and gear up" but in this one it actually stands for getting someone out of the game,
...more
€l!na
May 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Think Sword Art Online but in USA, focusing on Asuna instead of Kirito and definitelly way less cooler. Overall, it's a fun reading to pass your time.

description

description

description
AH
This was a quick read. Lots of fun, action, and perfect for those who love their video games.



Thank you to Edelweiss and HarperTeen for a review copy of this book.
Dark Faerie Tales
Jan 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed-by-zed
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Sims meets reality: will this be our future?

Opening Sentence: Typical coop, I think, closing my eyes and sinking into the MEEP.

The Review:

The concept behind this book was fascinating. To think that technology could become so advanced that we could create our own tech-fantasy world with animated avatars of ourselves is mind blowing. The weirdest thing is that I actually believe that maybe one day something like this could be created. Look how
...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
First off let me tell you something this book is the shiz ni eeee or sugar honey ice tea because I do not play video games but my son and husband are gamers and they loved the story. I started reading out loud to my son and then my husband started listening and they loved it. They kept asking me how I could get the second book and I told them to slow down let the first book come out first then we talk about book two.

A video programmer has created this new game that is all the rave with the kids
...more
Maggi
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Amazing story, hilarious protagonist.

Review to come in June, I think.
Angela Blount
Originally reviewed for YA Books Central: http://www.yabookscentral.com/yaficti...

“Nixy Bauer, Home in an Hour.”

One needn’t be a gamer to appreciate the fast-paced, adventurous romp presented in this near-future light sci-fi story. However, those who are familiar with concepts like virtual sandbox worlds and light role play are likely to take particular enjoyment in the sense of authenticity this book has to offer.

Phoenix “Nixy” Bauer is the kind of competent, ambitious, takes-no-crap heroine
...more
Bee {Quite the Novel Idea}

Istyria book blog ~ B's world of enchanted books

I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected too! The ending was a bit sudden and the romance could've used a little more development, but with a fascinating world, interesting characters and surprisingly nail-biting action scenes, The Leveller is the start of an awesome new series for sure.

Nixy Bauer is a self-made Leveller. She drags kids out of the virtual reality called MEEP, back to their parents in the real world. When in the MEEP, your body is
...more
Asseya
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
*ARC for honest review.* I haven't read much series with gaming themes in them, but I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I didn't even do speed reading, having liked the story more than I expected. I like books that have a unique quality, and I honestly think Leveller is one of them.

I surprisingly dig the virtual reality the author has created in this book. The MEEP is something anyone can imagine happening a few years from now, what with the fast-paced technological advancement we h
...more
Kim
Nov 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Nixy is a bounty hunter in a virtual reality gaming world. Kids play entirely with their minds while their body goes into sleep like state. When kids spend too long in the game, parents hire Nixy to find them and bring them back to reality.
My parents would have definitely hired Nixy cause I would've been in there forever! Hell ya!

The game developer son, Wyn is lost in the gaming world. Has been in a sleep like state for days. They have had to hook him up to tubes to keep his body going. So the
...more
Lex
I might write an actual review for this later. As for now I just have a few things to say about it. It's a lot of fun and I really enjoyed reading it. There's a lot of potential here, but there wasn't much depth, and the insta love made me roll my eyes a little. I liked the characters. I understand that the two of them could be great together and that they were probably just bonding over being in the situation they were in. But it still felt really rushed to me and I felt it was mostly unnecessa ...more
Mitchii
If I were to describe this book in one word then simple would be the most appropriate. There’s nothing extravagant or extremely annoying happened but it’s not completely insipid. The summary gave me all the hints I need to know on what exactly is the direction of the story. For me, it was completely straight, no u turns, simple roadblock, but ultimately an unpretentious road to drive through. It was all ok-ish.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
  • Mindwalker (Mindwalker, #1)
  • Polaris (Avalon, #2)
  • When I Wake
  • The Edge of Forever (The Edge of Forever #1)
  • Zeroboxer
  • Soulprint
  • The Memory Key
  • I Am Her Revenge
  • Becoming Jinn (Becoming Jinn, #1)
  • Nobody's Goddess (Never Veil #1)
  • Pretending to Be Erica
  • After the Red Rain
  • The Cage (The Cage, #1)
  • Tabula Rasa (Tabula Rasa, #1)
  • Hold Me Like a Breath (Once Upon a Crime Family, #1)
  • Omega City (Omega City, #1)
  • The Body Institute
  • Bluescreen (Mirador, #1)
104 followers
Julia writes books for kids of all ages in a small town by the Illinois River. Cha-Cha Chimps, her picture book for youngest readers, is a 2014 ILLINOIS READS title. Upcoming books include The Second Guard fantasy series (Disney Hyperion 2015) and her debut YA novel, The Leveller (HarperTeen 2015).

Other books in the series

The Leveller (2 books)
  • Untitled (The Leveller, #2)

Young Adult Deals

  • World After (Penryn & the End of Days, #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)
    $3.49 $0.99
  • End of Days (Penryn & the End of Days, #3)
    $3.49 $0.99
  • American Street
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Going Wild (Going Wild #1)
    $6.99 $1.99
  • The Awakening (The Vampire Diaries, #1)
    $3.99 $0.99
  • Out of Breath (Breathing, #3)
    $5.49 $1.99
  • Barely Breathing (Breathing, #2)
    $5.49 $1.99
  • Reason to Breathe (Breathing, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle, #2)
    $10.99 $2.99
  • Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark, #1)
    $10.99 $1.99
  • Enchantress (Evermen Saga, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Glass Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy, #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Prisoner B-3087
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Iron Trial (Magisterium #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Luxe (Luxe, #1)
    $3.74 $0.99
  • Fawkes
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Sticks & Stones (Upside-Down Magic #2)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Thing About Jellyfish
    $7.99 $2.99
  • Where the Road Takes Me
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Hidden Relic (Evermen Saga, #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Last Namsara (Iskari #1)
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Followed by Frost
    $4.49 $1.99
  • The Inexplicable Logic of My Life
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Wish
    $5.67 $2.99
  • The Rift Uprising (The Rift Uprising Trilogy #1)
    $5.99 $1.99
  • The Wednesday Wars
    $6.99 $1.99
  • The Girl from Everywhere (The Girl From Everywhere, #1)
    $6.99 $1.99
  • Killing Ruby Rose (Ruby Rose #1)
    $3.99 $0.99
  • All the Little Lights
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Endangered (Ape Quartet, #1)
    $5.99 $1.99
  • The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy, #1)
    $11.99 $1.99
  • Vanishing Girls
    $9.74 $1.99
  • Broken Pride (Bravelands, #1)
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Immortal: Love Stories with Bite
    $8.99 $1.99
  • The Path of the Storm (Evermen Saga, #3)
    $4.99 $1.99
“Little Miss Bauer sat in her tower, eating a burger and fries. Along came a spider who sat down beside her and said “I prefer zee French flies.” 3 likes
“I wake up in the Landing. “Wyn Salvadorm you son of a rasshøl!” I yell into the mall.” 1 likes
More quotes…