Nirvana. A city of opportunity and excess; where a person's rights and freedoms are staunchly protected...unless you're from the Estate. Those from the Estate live in abject poverty and are victimized by all of those around them for entertainment.
In Nirvana, having a child out of wedlock is a one way ticket to the Estate. Marie has hidden her pregnancy from those around her where she works for the corporation contracted by justice department to watch criminals logged into new reality. But something isn't right about the way the Rixon Corporation is being run.
If Marie can uncover the corruption before the justice department does, keeping her mouth shut could be worth the cost of a marriage certificate. But if she gets it wrong, not only will she end up having to raise a child on the Estate, but she'll face the wrath of one of the most powerful corporations in all of Nirvana.
New Reality is a science-fiction dystopian novel where the female protagonist does all she can to survive.
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Well written and narrated dystopia story
Hmmm, not sure - most of my friends like sci-fi/epic - inspiring (Star Wars) type of stories. I like a good post apocalyptic/dystopia story, but this one had lots and lots of dark moments - which some folks can't handle.
Everything was always a heavy trial for the characters, Marie and Frank - but the story is a very well laid out plot with well developed characters, and definitely holds your interest in such a way, it makes you want to find out in the next story what happens to everyone - will the corrupt folks of the city of Nirvana get whats coming to them? Will there be a silver lining in the end for the poor citizens living at the Estate?
There are a lot of great moments - the 2 Estate folks holding commuters hostage; the bus scene between Marie and some young hoodlums; the bowling alley scene. I don't want to reveal too much - the story has a lot of rich detail.
The discovery by Marie of what actually was happening to the criminals of New Reality at Rixon. And the comic relief of the coffee maker named Jules and his snooty self ('would you like a coffee?') - it was nice to have some humor thrown in to what was otherwise a dark, depressing tale.
Her tone fit the story well - character voices were appropriate for each person's personality or machine, whether male or female. I liked her snobbish voice for Jules, especially :-) Marie's voice showed the fatique and frustration of her situation very well.
No, it's very detailed and hard to follow if you are tired. It's better to absorb in short bursts.
Looking forward to book 3 and finding out what the final outcome is for the citizens of Nirvana :-)
- Boris S
utopia versus dystopia life
- AudioBook Reviewer