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 ...more
As much as I liked and obsessed about Nirvana's beautiful cover, as disappointed I am with the actual book.
Nirvana is a refuge from the real world, which has growing complications regarding the stability of our environment and life in general, not to mention a crumbling economy and massive unemployment rate. It's Hexagon's virtual reality system, a way they keep the populace placated and appeased while they exert absolute rule and control.
The world went through the Extinction, a cataclysmic ev ...more
This was a story about one woman, and her insistence that her husband wasn’t dead, no matter what anyone told her.
I did feel quite sorry for Larissa at points, because she had lost her husband, and she was obviously suffering because of it, but at the same time, she began to sound a bit like a broken record, as all she ever seemed to say was ‘Andrew isn’t dead’.
The st ...more
Nirvana: an ideal or idyllic state or place.
When I first looked at reviews for this book I did wonder if I had read the same book. Well apparently I hadn’t! I have read and reviewed the new edited version of Nirvana.
Bees have become extinct and the world crumbles, plants cannot be pollinated, crops and animals die. Only the rich thrive in this new dystopian world where everything is generated by computers. Every aspect of your life is recorded by big brother corporation Hexagon. Everyon ...more
At the beginning of the book is a dedication that I would like to share...
To the early pioneers of Virtual Reality—you brought us a world that we are only beginning to explore.
Larissa Kenders who prefers to be called Kenders is a passionate young woman, she is an animal activist and fights for injustices in the World. To get her a message across Kenders beg ...more
Ugh,I'm so sad that I didn't like this book.I was captivated by its amazing synopsis and its gorgeous cover,however,I couldn't connect with the main character,Kenders, or the story itself.After her husband supposedly dies,Kenders tries to find clues that will help her find out if Andrew's actually still alive by entering a virtual world called "Nirvana".She is certain that her husband,her soulmate,one of the smartest people she has ever met is still alive.But everyone around her ...more
What went wrong? Firstly the "Destruction Of The World" scenario. Yeah, let's start with that. Just because Albert Einstein said -we are not even sure if it's his own quote- that if the bees extinct the mankind would extinct too, that ...more
*This book was generously provided to me by the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
Dystopian world of 2086 where the real and the virtual intermingle? It's a pretty amazing premise for sci-fi book. I didn't even need to read further to know I want this book. Is it something like Johnny Mnemonic or the Matrix? Because cyberpunk is super cool!
I hoped so much Nirvana will widen my horizon or at least will give me a chance to
wear my leather jacket have an unforgettable tri
I didn't request to read this book from Netgalley. It was not only a gift..It was
the only book that was automatically downloaded to my Kindle.
I need another book right now, like I need a hole in my head.....
however, It was a 'nice' gift... (no requirement to even read it.. let alone review it).
I'm still reading two non-fiction books ( physical hard copies), that aren't great gym-biking
So... I opened my Kindle, as I was about to begin my morning spin.
I said to my ...more
Nirvana is an amazing YA read with a really fresh plot line and a great new dystopian world setting. I loved the characterisations and the fast pace of the story.
I was really impressed with the storyline and the world-building concept of Nirvana, though, it lacked a little behind when it came to the execution of these two concepts. I enjoyed the book (no doubt about it) but some ...more
Andrew wasn’t able to stay at Larissa’s side as often as they both would have liked – his secret work took him into dangerous places. But ...more
The story takes place after year 2030. As the population in bees declined drastically, the economy was destroyed. Now an organization called Hexagon is responsible to feed the human race.
Larissa's husband, Andrew, received funding from Hexagon to do research. When he got more involved, he disappeared. We don't know if he's dead or alive, but Larissa keeps meeting him in a Nirvana.
Nirvana is like a virtual space where you could get plugged in to. Just pick a place and you're th ...more
And then things just got too easy, the stakes didn’t seem real or high enough. Larissa is searching for her dead husband ...more
While I loved the idea behind this book, I only liked the actual story. I failed to become truly gripped by the story. I think it was perhaps a little too Young Adult for my liking, and certainly didn’t go into enough detail for me. By the end of ...more
I'm sorry to say that I didn't love this one either. Yes, the main problems I had were with the characterization (there is some characterization this time) and the plot suits more to the premise this time round, with better worldbuilding too, so I liked a lot of things about it, but it still isn't a story that I would continue with. I thank the author for working hard for it, it just didn't do the tric ...more
I can't remember how I got approved. I think I received an invitation, months ago, but didn't get to reading the book until now. And then, halfway through, I realised what I had was the first ARC, and that I needed to download it again, because the author had rewritten a lot after the first batch of reviews. Or something to that extent? Anyway, I got the second version, and I'm glad I did. I still didn't like " ...more
I had such high hopes when I picked this one up. I thought that maybe I would be able to get hooked on a new dystopian YA series since I haven't found one that I've fallen in love with in a very long time. Not since The Hunger Games and Divergent. Unfortunately, this was just not one for me. I tried and tried and tried to get into it and I just couldn't. It was an uphill battle that I ended up losing. I had a lot of issues with pretty much everything in this novel.
Right off the bat, I despised t ...more
This is a completely different book from the one I originally requested from NetGalley- the author really took the criticisms and entirely revamped the story...taking it from a confusing, disjointed mess to something that's interesting and engaging. There were still some minor issues with the story for me, it felt like there were a few things missing, but overall it is a huge improvement from the first version.
If you're a fan of dystopia ...more
First of all love the cover! Very dark and makes you wonder how all the images are linked into one another.
Now for the story. I really wanted to love this storyline because the premise for it sounded/s amazing. To have the world so futuristic, reality warping that you can't tell if it's truly real or not was gripping. The storyline in itself actual self sadly wasn't so gripping. While ...more
Stewart creates a new world with this novel. A world that has world within it. As well as plots, different schemes, friendship, skewed friendship, hate, treachery, backstabbing, etc. This book has ...more
This is the second time I’ve read this book, and I have to say that the newly edited version is by far a vast improvement!
Where to start with this book? Firstly, the story is now totally linear. There were no random diary entries, no flashbacks, the story went in a straight line from beginning to end, and boy did that make things less confusing! In fact it was like re ...more
I first started this a few weeks ago, I got 18% in and nearly gave up. I just really wasn't enjoying it and there wasn't anything that made me want to keep reading...but NetGalley sent me an updated version. After receiving the newer version I restarted the book and am so glad I did.
Nirvana follows Larissa Kenders, known as Kenders, when her fiancé, Andrew disappears. She believes him to be dead and is prescribed time in Nirvana (a v ...more
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.
. . . hm. Nirvana was a really promising book but I'm a little befuddled by that ending. I was very confused reading some reviews because apparently after September 2015 the book was revised and had a major face-lift - i.e. it became almost a different story. So I just spent an age trying to work out what version I read. I'm pretty sure mine's the new version - publi ...more
nirvana – (n.) a transcendent state in which there is neither suffering, desire nor self of sense of self; a state of perfect happiness
Nirvana is J.R. Stewart’s incredibly brilliant debut novel that may just have everything. Truthfully, I was slightly hesitant to read this book because the pre ...more
Beautiful cover, disjointed story. Partly I blame the formatting. I still have a book formatted from 2015 so I guess....there is a new one? not one that I had - and I'm sure that made a lot of difference. For me, I couldn't always tell in conversations, who was saying what. The formatting shoved sentences together into a paragraph with no specification on who's actually the ones talking. There were whole pages I had to go back and re-read. This left me removed and i ...more
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 begi ...more
Welcome to this new trilogy. We're started off with the first book called "Nirvana." Here you'll be introduced into a new world where technology is definitely strong in the characters daily liv ...more
2.5 stars, and a trigger warning: the book contains several descriptions of sexual abuse.
The premise of this story is brilliant: when her husband A ...more