Review: The Leveller by Julia Durango

The Leveller by Julia Durango


Genre: Young Adult Sci-fi

Publisher: HarperCollins

Publication Date: June 23, 2015

Goodreads Rating: 3.76

Pages: 256


“Nixy Bauer, Home In An Hour”

Nixy Bauer is used to her classmates being very, very unhappy to see her. After all, Nixy is a bounty hunter in a virtual reality gaming world. Kids in the MEEP, as they call it, play entirely with their minds, while their bodies languish in a sleepily state on the couch. Irritated parents, looking to wrench their kids back to reality, hire Nixy to jump into the game and retrieve them.

But when the game’s billionaire developer loses track of his own son in the MEEP, nix is in for the biggest challenge of her bounty-hunting career. Nix quickly discovers that Wyn Salvador’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?

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About Julia Durango:


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 system later, both boys have long surpassed Julia in video-gaming prowess, though she still clings to a time when Kyle would beg her to beat the bosses for him in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina Time and Ryan levied her super-posh village in Animal Crossing. her picture ebook Cha-Cha Chimps was selected for the 2014 Illinois Reads list. Her middle grade novel, Sea of the Dead, won the Golden Kite Award for Fiction and a Parents’ Choice Award Silver Medal. You can visit her online at


My Review:

 I would first like to thank HarperTeen for providing the ARC that I read in order to do this review and giveaway. This couldn’t have happened without their generosity!

For me, this was one of those stories that fall in the middle of love and hate. While I enjoyed reading this book, I never once considered it to be a story I loved. Having this book be compared to Ready Player One by Earnest Cline, one of my favorite books, is probably a big reason I didn’t fall madly in love with it.

What I liked:

1. Unique setting.

I have always loved video games, so getting a book set in that kind of world is a big selling point for me. One of the main reasons I enjoy fantasy so much is the uniqueness and magical feel to a story, and although this book was more Sci-fi than fantasy, I enjoyed the virtual world. There have been many stories set in other worlds, on distant planets, in magical forests, or mystical mountains. However, there hasn’t been many stories based on a virtual world. There are unique characteristics that can be used in this type of story that can’t work in others. Although there was not much world building, what was used was done nicely.

2. Nixy.

Falling in love with the main character is something that should happen in every book. While I didn’t necessarily fall in love with Nixy, I really enjoyed being in the story with her. She’s a bounty hunter in a video game, that alone is reason enough to like her. She is a strong willed character, but she also had her moments of doubt and screwed up a few times along the way. This is why I enjoyed her, she was a bit more relatable than others.

3. The plot.

The summary already had me interested in reading this, but once I got a few chapters in I knew I was going to like where this story was going. It could be a bit predictable at times, but the reading experience was still a fun ride until the end. There were a few twists along the way that kept things entertaining, and some of the obstacles Nixy and Wyn had to face was interesting, especially from a gamers point of view.

The only complaint I had with this story is that I believe more could have been done with it. This story was set in a virtual world, and although you know they are in a game, at times it felt like just another place in the regular world. I would liked to have seen a little more of a “game” feel to it.

Overall, I actually enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who may want to read a good Sci-fi story. It was a quick read, and enjoyable without being too overwhelming or confusing.

3.5 out of 5 hearts for The Leveller by Julia Durango




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7 thoughts on “Review: The Leveller by Julia Durango

  1. This book sounds fascinating especially the whole virtual world aspects. I haven’t read anything like this before and would love to read it.


  2. It’s giving me The Game trilogy by Eve Silver feels and I absolute love those books. Plus I’m definitely fascinated by virtual reality and then add in the sci fi aspect and I’m sold.

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