The Leveller (The Leveller #1) by Julia Durango (Review)

23717252I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.

The Leveller was a read that actually rather shocked me because it’s strangely good. For fans of video games and RPGs, this young adult novel is a must-read. It’s exciting, light-hearted, witty and is every gamers dream.

Nixy is what’s called a Leveller. She retrieves stubborn teenagers from the MEEP (a virtual world) where they’re living their own little fantasy. It’s easy money. But things get a little tougher when the developer of the MEEP hires Nixy to get his son Wyn out of the MEEP. Wyn clearly doesn’t want to be found – or is he being kept hostage?

The plot was fairly engaging and moved at a quick pace, which kept it suspenseful, exciting and easy to read. It was not anything mind-blowing (the book isn’t either), but it is a very quick, enjoyable book. However, as a result of only 250 pages, the ending was rather rushed and seemed rather anti-climatic. After a build up to the big reveal, it seemed to be over rather quickly with very little closure. I’m hopeful that the sequel with make-up for this short fall.

The characters were a very enjoyable part of The Leveller and I found Nixy to be a likeable character. She was intelligent, witty, courageous and had a bit of rebellious streak that contrasted nicely with Wyn’s straight-laced attitude. It was perhaps a bit too insta-love for my liking, but their character interaction and chemistry made up for it.

I thought the world-building was fabulous. The extravagant world of the MEEP, to the computer simulated Havana, Cuba, was fantastic and definitely a highlight of the novel. With cinematic, easy to follow storytelling, Durango has done an excellent job for her debut by creating an engaging, fun and exciting book.

Overall, a book I would highly recommend to RPG fans and anyone who is looking for light-hearted, fun read.

RATING: ★★★★☆

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