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    Loved the Premise!

    I have my original review before the reworking of the book right after my new review of the book after the reworking. I've read the new draft of this book, and it definitely improved the character development that was lacking in the previous version of the book. I thought it was very good to flesh out the characters a lot more. There were some changes that definitely turned this more into a YA type story, and I'm not necessarily in love with that because there is more of a love triangle thing going on in this version, but I think it was handled nicely in the end; so far anyway. One thing that I don't like that changed was the difference in the age of the main character; especially since there was a big difference in age between Andrew and her now, I don't get how they were at University together with such a big age difference. Kenders mentions she was 17 and Andrew was 25, and they've known each other for 3 years, so she was around 14 or 15, and he was 22ish when they met; I don't know that's just weird to me, and with the age difference it made the relationship not fit with Kenders age. I also liked that in the other version of this book that Andrew and Kenders had a more solid relationship, COMING UP IS A SPOILER FOR THE OLD VERSION OF THE BOOK!!! I liked that they were married, and I also liked that she seemed more distraught about trying to find out what happened with Andrew, and I felt they had a deeper connection in the previous version. I did think this book was had a more complete story than the other version, so I bumped up my rating to a 5, and since I really liked the premise from the previous version, all that was needed with this one was character development, and this new version did a good job of showcasing that, and I'm glad a lot of the tech talk was omitted from this version. I liked that Kenders is tough, and that she uses logical thought processes to figure stuff out, instead of going off willy nilly without a clue. I love the idea of a virtual world type thing, and I love dystopian stories, so everything involved with that was very interesting to me, and kept me reading. So, I would definitely recommend this book, and I am looking forward to reading more of the series in the future. MY REVIEW for the first draft I read- Originally I gave it a 3 rating - I loved the premise for this book, but it fell a bit flat for me. It felt sort of cold to me. The scenes in the book felt disjointed, and they didn't feel complete. I also wanted more character development, the main character didn't feel whole. I don't have an impression of her. Also, I felt there was too much technical talk, and I actually like some tech talk, but it took away from the story for me. With all that said, I still liked the underlining story, and it kept me reading, and I do want to know what happens in the next books. I'm not quite biting my nails in anticipation, but I am interested, so I'll keep a look out for the next book. I did in an odd way like Kenders; the female lead; even with the lack of knowing much about her character, and I wanted good things for her, and I'm interested in the mystery of what is going on with Andrew, so yeah I'll check out the next one.
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    grabs you and doesnt let go

    The world of 2030’s is a hard place of barren land; the bees have all died. The “company” Hexagon, controls everything and unless you are one of the few, life is very hard. This is the world where Larissa Kenders and Andrew live . Her world is music, his world is science, but they come together in one accord. After Andrew disappears while on a mission, Kenders can visit Andrew in Nirvana, a computer virtual reality world. Kenders is trying to deal with the question of Andrew’s survival, is he alive or not. She is told over and over he is dead, that Nirvana is a game, but strange things are happening in Nirvana and in the real world. There are mysteries afoot and secrets to reveal. Who is friend and who is really foe, what is real and what is not, and will she find all the answers to her burning questions. This genre of book is often hard for me to read as I am usually not a fan of dystopian stories, but I found this one interesting as the author created a story designed to grab you and not let go. The ending of the story has a surprise in store. J. R. Stewart plotted twists and turns and mystery into this story and did so very well. Over all, this was a very interesting read that held my attention. I receive this book from the publisher and Netgalley in return for an honest review.
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    Good Story

    This book has been totally rewritten since I last reviewed it. It has been reworked and didn't have much semblance to the original. The storyline is much clearer this time, I really enjoyed the story. The characters are much more developed. I still found myself questioning some of the choices and wondering about some of the characters that were seemingly thrown in at times to get from point A to point B but overall it was a much better read this time around. I am still thrilled with the overall storyline, the dystopian view and can see this becoming a very exciting series.

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