Sunday, December 6, 2015

Blog Tour & Review: Nexis by A.L. Davroe

I'm very honored and excited to be taking part in the blog tour for A.L. Davroe's Nexis.  This tour is being coordinated by the YA Read Blog Tours. Check out the exciting book details below:

Nexis by A.L. Davroe
Release Date: December 1, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi

In the domed city of Evanescence, appearance is everything. A Natural Born amongst genetically-altered Aristocrats, all Ella ever wanted was to be like everyone else. Augmented, sparkling, and perfect. Then…the crash. Devastated by her father’s death and struggling with her new physical limitations, Ella is terrified to learn she is not just alone, but little more than a prisoner.

Her only escape is to lose herself in Nexis, the hugely popular virtual reality game her father created. In Nexis she meets Guster, a senior player who guides Ella through the strange and compelling new world she now inhabits. He offers Ella guidance, friendship…and something more. Something that allows her to forget about the “real” world, and makes her feel whole again. But Nexis isn’t quite the game everyone thinks it is. And it’s been waiting for Ella.

Talk about unique!  I loved this story.  I've really been getting into Sci-Fi in recent months, and this story was a wonderful addition to the genre.  It had a kind of Hunger Games feel to it in only one sense... the society modifies their appearance in these radical ways, to where appearing normal is actually strange.  That's where the similarities end, though.  It was a unique concept to have developed a world where people modify themselves so severely, but the really sad thing about it is that I could actually see that happening at some point in our future, because our world is so obsessed with looks. So there were definitely some great themes here.

Second to that is the creation of a gaming world where players can immerse themselves virtually. Yes, I have read a story like that in the past, but what this author does with this gaming world was completely unique and different.  The purpose behind it, the way it works, and what happens after it, are different and inventive.

I loved the main character immediately.  She's a "natural" in a world of modified people, and she hates herself for it because she sees herself as somehow lesser.  At first, the story began a little slow for me, but in retrospect, I see that the author wanted to be sure to paint the before and after of events, character, and setting to contrast what was to come. It was wonderfully done.

Ella lives through something horrific that only gets worse, and causes her to want to sink herself into the game created by her now dead father. As she navigates through the game, meeting a special guy along the way, she begins to learn things about herself, about the game, and worse, about the real world, that has her reeling.  There are political ramifications that shock her, and the reader.

This book was filled with twists and turns, exciting romance, amazing character growth, and two levels of wonderful settings that really immersed you into the story.  There were times of heartbreak, times of thrill, and times of romantic quietness that just made a wonderful and unique blend of story elements.  I was left with a major question at the end of this book and can't wait for the next one to come out.  Great story!!

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Author Info

A.L. (Amanda) Davroe writes both YA and adult speculative fiction. She prefers revisionist tales in paranormal, romance, Steampunk, and fantasy. She is the author of Salvation Station (adult psych
horror), The City Steam Collection (adult psych horror), For Your Heart (YA Paranormal Romance) and her YA Sci-Fi novel, Nexis, is coming out with Entangled Publishing  December 1, 2015!

By day, Amanda lives in Connecticut with her two feline hench-creatures and makes cheese.  She’s a terrible blusher, has a weak spot for cuddly animals, loves Laffy Taffy and Cadbury MiniEggs, and she’s a huge advocate of alternative healing methods.  Amanda also wears purple shoes and corsets…Though not always in the same ensemble.  She’s a Capricorn, a Hufflepuff, a bit gothic, and a few nuggets short of a Happy Meal.

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