{ARC Review} The Leveller by Julia Durango

Posted June 5, 2015 by Bee in Reviews / 11 Comments

{ARC Review} The Leveller by Julia Durango

The Leveller

by Julia Durango
Series: The Leveller #2
Published on June 23rd 2015
by HarperTeen
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss

Nixy Bauer is a self-made Leveller. Her job? Dragging kids out of virtual reality and back to their parents in the real world. It’s normally easy cash, but Nixy’s latest mission is fraught with real danger, intrigue, and romance.

Nixy Bauer is used to her classmates being very, very unhappy to see her. After all, she’s a bounty hunter in a virtual reality gaming world. Kids in the MEEP, as they call it, play entirely with their minds, while their bodies languish in a sleeplike state on the couch. Irritated parents, looking to wrench their kids back to reality, hire Nixy to jump into the game and retrieve them.

But when the game’s billionaire developer loses track of his own son in the MEEP, Nixy is in for the biggest challenge of her bounty-hunting career. Wyn Salvador isn’t some lazy kid looking to escape his homework: Wyn does not want to be found. And he’s left behind a suicide note. Nixy takes the job but quickly discovers that Wyn’s not hiding—he’s being held inside the game against his will. But who is holding him captive, and why?

Nixy and Wyn attempt to fight their way out of a mind game unlike any they’ve encountered, and the battle brings them closer than either could have imagined. But when the whole world is virtual, how can Nixy possibly know if her feelings are real?

Gamers and action fans of all types will dive straight into the MEEP, thanks to Julia Durango’s cinematic storytelling. A touch of romance adds some heart to Nixy’s vivid, multidimensional journey through Wyn’s tricked-out virtual city, and constant twists keep readers flying through to the breathtaking end.

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

4 Stars

I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected too! The ending was a bit sudden and the romance could’ve used a little more development, but with a fascinating world, interesting characters and surprisingly nail-biting action scenes, The Leveller is the start of an awesome new series for sure.

Nixy Bauer is a self-made Leveller. She drags kids out of the virtual reality called MEEP, back to their parents in the real world. When in the MEEP, your body is in a sleep like state on the couch and their parents hire Nixy to haul their asses back. When the game’s developer’s own son, Wyn goes missing inside MEEP, he hires Nixy to get him back. But there may be more to the situation than she realizes. Wyn isn’t there by choice, he can’t leave. Someone trapped him there and now Nixy finds herself in the same situation. Together they have to find out what’s going on and how to get back to the real world before it’s too late.

The Leveller is a quick read, with my eARC only counting 174 pages. That is also where my only problems with this book lie. The book ended a bit sudden, though not with a real cliffhanger, thank God for that. It just felt like there was a bit more left of the story and then it ended. I would’ve liked to see some things worked out more, like the romance. While it was sweet and kind of adorable, I did want to see a bit more development. I also wanted just a bit more world building. More information on MEEP and how it came to be. All in all I just wanted to see a bit more.

That said, I did really enjoy this book. The world is fascinating and there is a lot of potential here. All the problems I had, could be solved in the next book. And I do hope there will be a next book. I stayed up until late and read this in one sitting. It had me hooked, simple as that. During the action scenes, it felt like I was in a game, which was cool! There were a few plot twists that kind of saw coming but were also unexpected at the same time. If that makes sense at all. I loved the characters too. Though they, too, could’ve benefited from a teeny tiny tad more development. I loved Nixy with her no nonsense attitude, she was cool, could kick ass and quite funny at times too. I also liked Wyn and they were very sweet together. Oh and I liked Nixy’s parents. They were fun!

The Leveller is a fun, interesting book filled with great action scenes. It’s a great start to a new series and I will eagerly anticipate its sequel. I’ll recommend this book for fans of Ready Player One because the whole virtual reality-thing and the mission reminded me of that. So if you find RPO a bit too daunting to read first, start with this one. Now where’s that sequel?



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11 responses to “{ARC Review} The Leveller by Julia Durango

  1. You know, I was actually going to just dismiss this book because I wasn’t so sure about it but now I really want to read it again! I need some more dystopian reads in my life. I actually cannot remember the last time I read one of that genre.

    Lovely review, Bieke <33

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