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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
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Published November 10th 2015 by Blue Moon
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Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣

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
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Blue Moon Publishers and NetGalley.)

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
Veronica ⭐️
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, a, dystopian
4.5 stars

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
Amanda Jane
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book Nirvana by JR Stewart is the first book in a Trilogy that centres around a dystopian world entwined with virtual reality.

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
Norah Una Sumner
Real rating: 2.5

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
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley-arc
Can you really claim that a sci-fi book has totally lost it's touch with reality? In this case this paradoxe is true, imagine that! I have to admit, i loved the summary of the book and i was ready for my little dystopian journey, when something went terribly wrong!

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
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was ok

*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 unforgett

Elyse  Walters
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
True Confession:
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
Heena Rathore P.
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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
Larissa Kenders was a lover of music – her life of music took her away from memories she desperately wanted to forget. When she met Andrew she gradually let him in, realizing that he was different. Then their lives changed when the Extinction occurred, and their lives revolved around the Barracks and Andrew’s very important work for Hexagon and the government.

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
Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁
*** 3.5 Stars ***

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
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
I was very excited to read this book, I loved the cover and the description of the story was very intriguing. The first 10% of the book was good. The setup was spot on and it seemed like a fantastic new spin on a post apocalyptic story. After awhile though it got a little bit confusing. There too many details all at once, and I couldn’t keep time or people straight in my head.

And then things just got too easy, the stakes didn’t seem real or high enough. Larissa is searching for her dead husband
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
Larissa Kenders couldn't fathom nor accept the news that her husband died in a battle and now her existence is under the watchful eye of the Corporal. She soon found herself hoping and somehow living in his memories through Nirvana, a virtual world created and controlled by Hexagon, the same institution that sent Andrew to another planet and ended with a failed mission. In Nirvana, Larissa could talk to Andrew, be with him, build dreams with him. But there was something that struck her odd, ques ...more
Sep 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Nirvana is a dystopian story where bees (and all the great things they bring with their existence) are gone. I loved the idea of this story, as I do fear for our bees and buy as many bee friendly plants I can afford each year, in a mission to help them.

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
Aug 29, 2015 rated it liked it
This is the review of the revised edition. The old review is hidden between the spoiler tags.

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 tr
Yzabel Ginsberg
[I received a copy of this novel through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]

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 "


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
Updated review after receving a completely updated arc.

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
(I received this digital copy on a read to review basis. Many thanks to J.R. Stewart and Netgalley).

2.5/5 Stars

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
Dee/ bookworm
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Kenders (Larissa) is an amazingly devoted wife and deeply in love with Andrew. She has no closure and for good reason, she does not believe Andrew is dead. Nirvana is written about her story, and while this is a love story about Kenders and Andrew, it is an amazing work of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

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
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Blue Moon Publishers and NetGalley.)

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
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this eARC from Blue Moon Publishers via NetGalley.
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
Janet Robel
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliantly insightful! A perfect blend of futuristic and fantasy in a young adult novel. This book took me by surprise and had me reading until my coffee grew cold. Larissa is a strong protagonist who refuses to believe that her husband is dead and won't stop searching for answers. The cliffhanger ending is sure to have readers clamoring for more. I'm anxious to read the next part in this series.
Kirstie Ellen
Nirvana by J. R. Stewart

I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

Initial Thoughts
. . . 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 - pub
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
"Nirvana isn't real, Kenders."

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
Elizabeth Mathis
Aug 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed-sci-fi
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 begi
Michelle (Michelle's Book Ends) Shealy
"But I can spend my time patrolling a dusty wasteland because Hexagon shut down my band the moment Andrew disappeared? Anger flared in her eyes and she tossed her head defiantly. "They forced me to marry Andrew to live here with him. Now that he's gone, they're writing both of us off.............." Larissa

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
Aug 30, 2015 added it
Shelves: 2015, science-fiction, arc
ETA 10/13/2015: The publisher provided me with a new version of the novel, which was revised following feedback on the original ARC. I'm not changing my original review, because I'm not going to re-read the entire thing, but the parts that I've looked over do show improvement. Just putting that out there for anyone who's considering the book.

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
Oct 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-books
I received the e-book copy of this book through NetGalley, thanks to the publisher, in exchange for a honest review.

I am a bit sad to say that I did not much care for this book.m
To me it as a bit all over the place and jumping from one situation to the next, so that I was not always sure what the heck was going on.

Maybe that is because I was not in the right mood or mind set to read a "futuristic" book, or maybe the writing was not the right one for me to really get a fell and understanding of
Vesper Vesper
Aug 25, 2015 rated it liked it

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
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J.R. Stewart has worked on many corporate projects throughout a prolific IT academic and consulting career, and is involved with many confidential virtual reality projects. After working 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.

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