The Leveller by Julia DurangoThe Leveller by Julia Durango

The Leveller

byJulia Durango

Paperback | November 14, 2017

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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:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.61 inPublished:November 14, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062314017

ISBN - 13:9780062314017


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.”