Monday, June 22, 2015

Book Review: The Leveller, by Julia Durango @julia_durango

The Leveller by Julia Durango book cover and review
I tend to like books about virtual reality games, and The Leveller is no exception.

Nixy has found a unique part-time job. Parents pay her to go into the MEEP, a virtual reality gaming world, and bring back their children. She's really good at it and has built up a reputation. It helps that both her parents are designers of this world, and Nixy has access to some things other players may not have.

When her parents' boss, the creator of the MEEP, comes to Nixy for help, she can't really say no. It seems the boss's son has run away -- into the MEEP. He's left a suicide note and whenever anyone has tried to go in a get him, they have met with such horrific obstacles that they have come back with some PTSD symptoms.

Nixy isn't worried too much about that. She knows it's just a game, but what she faces is pretty scary -- snakes, zombies, sharks -- and the descriptions will give you chills. Finally, after she reaches the son, Wyn, she finds out things aren't at all what she thought. And so the challenges continue.

The Leveller is action packed and features a kick-ass female character. It moves. It's short and easy and exciting. Great for reluctant readers who are interested in gaming. The characters are real enough to make you root for them, but The Leveller is really about the action. And there's a little romance too.

It would be fun to have another book about these characters in this game. I'm not sure if that is planned or not, since the ending of The Leveller is pretty resolved and satisfying. I recommend you take a couple hours and get lost in the MEEP.

Published by HarperTeen, June 23, 2015
eARC obtained from Edelweiss
256 pages

Rating: 4/5

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1 comment:

  1. I love the premise behind this novel. It's definitely one I want to pick up soon. Glad you enjoyed it!


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