The Leveller by Julia DurangoThe Leveller by Julia Durango

The Leveller

byJulia Durango

Hardcover | June 23, 2015

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Gamers and action fans of all types will dive straight into the MEEP, a virtual-reality gaming world, thanks to Julia Durango's cinematic storytelling. A touch of romance, constant twists, and a vivid, multidimensional journey through a tricked-out virtual city will keep readers flying through to the breathtaking end.

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—and she's frequently hired by irritated parents to pull kids out of the mazelike MEEP universe.

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?

Julia Durango lives in Ottawa, Illinois, with her two teenage sons. She first fell in love with video games when she bought a Nintendo 64 for her oldest son, Kyle, on the birth of his baby brother, Ryan. Many hours of game play and several game systems later, both boys have long surpassed Julia in video-gaming prowess, though she still...
Title:The LevellerFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.89 inPublished:June 23, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062314009

ISBN - 13:9780062314000


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun and interesting take on virtual reality The Leveller is about Nixy Bauer, a leveller - a person who's paid to bounce people out of their personal virtual worlds and back into reality. She's really great at her job and has never failed once at it. Due to her infamy, the creator of the MEEP or MeaParadisus, hires her to bounce his son out of his MEEP where he has been for several days and has left a suicide note as well. This is a really cool concept for a novel. After all, it's virtual reality! The world building for it is really great, especially with all the restrictions and stuff in place that make it seem plausible and realistic. To be honest, I would love to experience the MEEP. And since this is virtual reality, Nixy faces a lot of action involving dinosaurs, skeletons and zombies so it feels a lot like a video game or a fantasy world rather than scifi. While virtual reality seems fun and all, THE LEVELLER touches on all the drawbacks of it and it's the cause of the problem in the story. Nixy is a fun character. She's very serious about her education and ambitions so she uses her levelling job to make money for her post secondary education. She's confident and a warrior in her own way. However, while she is a sort of warrior, she's still a teenager and that's clear when she meets Wyn, the son of that has locked himself into the MEEP. He's handsome and charming. When Nixy meets him, we learn that there's more to his situation than suicide. The ending sort of left me wanting for more. While it was no cliff hanger, I would have liked more resolution and just seen things tied up more. I'm a sucker for the "after" of the problem and seeing the aftermath. The Leveller is a fun, action packed sci fi novel with a super cute romance thrown in. It's fast paced in all the right ways and is definitely one to check out if you're into virtual reality.
Date published: 2015-09-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing Overall, I wasn’t a fan of this book. I ended up just skimming through most of the second half. I found everything to be a bit weak. The world building is weak and the time setting is ambiguous. Everything seems like current day, except for this crazy virtual reality game. So, it’s unclear how far in the future it is since, seemingly, nothing else has advanced. Which doesn’t make much sense. While the story sounded interesting, it wasn’t well executed at all. The synopsis makes it sound action-packed, which it is at times, but not much. And the action scenes didn’t grab me and have me fearing for the character at all. I mean, it’s a virtual world. It’s not like her real life was ever in danger. So, the dangerous aspects didn’t hold much meaning to me. The story as a whole bored me. I just couldn’t get into it. The writing quality wasn’t all that great either. I didn’t get the romance and the characters were under developed. However, Nixy is a good main character. She is tough and conquers challenges throughout the book. I still wasn’t able to fully hop on board with her character or her story, but that doesn’t mean you won’t! All in all, I was very disappointed with this book.
Date published: 2015-06-25

Editorial Reviews

“A spicy romance set in an intriguing virtual world... even non-gamers will likely find plenty to appreciate.”