Genres: Young-Adult, Science-Fiction, Dystopia
Format: e-ARC Source: Publisher via Netgalley My Rating: 2.5 Stars
*This review is based on an early copy of this book. As I have learned this week that there has been changes made to the final book, my review is ONLY for the early review copy. I don’t have time to reread the changed book, so please don’t let my thoughts steer you away from reading the final book. If I had been aware of the modified version before I finished, I would have started it over.*
There’s really not much to discuss, other than the few things that I liked about this story.
- Nirvana itself is actually pretty cool. I mean, I could use a virtual reality right now. If I were in Larissa’s situation, losing my husband, then I’d want that ease that Nirvana gives. And then there are these doubts about whether Andrew is still alive somewhere. Then, comes the impossibles – things that she sees in Nirvana, are now finding their way into her world. Everything starts to get secretive, and Larissa wants answers.
- I actually liked Hexagon’s motives. At least it made the story more plausible as a dystopian / science-fiction world. There has to be more than an antagonist organization, a heroine, and a few rebels to the cause, right? Wrong.
There was nothing that made me think, “this is so awesome!”. I want to know how this world became the way it is. Why are there still Universities to attend college? Every other page is Larissa thinking about how everything looks deserted and whatnot. Most of the time is spent on base, repeating the same mantra in her head about Andrew being alive. And after his “virtual self” asks for help, I thought that everything would be laid out on the table.
There are little mentions here and there about what happened to the world, but it’s scattered and you can’t grasp what it means. The writing isn’t all that great here, so it was hard for me to take it seriously. Too many POV’s for my liking. The characters all seemed to be just stuck with no direction, including the main character. I was going to go with 1 star, but I actually like the premise for this. It has the potential to be a more hardcore story, so there’s that. I’m not sure if I’ll get to read the modified version, but I’m hoping that it gets better than this. Recommend? I can’t say yes or no. Seriously, I haven’t read the final book so it may be totally good or totally bad. You will just have to chance it and see.