Nirvana (Nirvana #1)
by J.R. Stewart
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 begins an investigation of Hexagon, the very institution that she has been taught to trust, Larissa uncovers much more than she ever expected and places herself in serious danger. Her biggest challenge, however, remains determining what is real – and what is virtual.
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, questioning the credibility of the virtual world. Was it futile to still hope that he was still alive and would come back to her again?
This is a book that talks about bees and birds, er.. actually about the extinction of bees and mankind’s impending doom and a mission that would have you wondering whether is was really a mission: failure, mission: accomplished or mission: impossible. OR… probably, mission: compromised?
Music and science, two separate entities combined in this story, creating an imagined futuristic setting and good musical scoring. It may be an odd combination, but given the right characters and pacing, the story would be a hit. No wonder I liked Nirvana by JR Stewart. Music and science had always been close to my heart. Just add a spice of virtual reality and cliffhanger, and Poof! A great afternoon suspenseful read! Can’t wait to read what happens next in book 2!