The Leveller

The Leveller

by Julia Durango


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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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062314017
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/14/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 606,560
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.61(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

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 clings to a time when Kyle would beg her to beat the bosses for him in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Ryan envied her super-posh village in Animal Crossing.

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The Leveller 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I stayed up mmost of the night to read the entire book and im really hoping for another one so that itll clear some things up for me:) If you want a book full of imaginaion and entertainment with jjts touch of love and danger, then this is the book for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever!!! I hate that books take so long to write!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do not really know how I found this book I think I was just browsing. Anyway I'm glad I found it. It was fun and fast pased. The idea for the book was a new one for me. I liked how it was set up. This is like what video games might be like in a few years, which is slightly scrary. Ya so, this book was very entertaining and other recomend it to pretty much anyone. ~Silver Wolf
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WildfireBookBlog More than 1 year ago
When I first read this book, I enjoyed it quite a bit but then I more recently read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and loved it and now I can’t help but think about how The Leveller was just not quite as good as RPO. Of course, it’s not fair to compare them and I’m trying my best not to but since they both had a massive simulated world aspect to them, it’s really hard not to think about this book and think about how Cline’s OASIS was so much cooler than this book’s version, the MEEP. In The Leveller, when people turn 13, they can opt in to have an implant for a device called the MEEP implanted into their brains. It’s a lot like the Oculus Rift virtual reality games that are out now, but without any equipment. It’s only single player so it’s not a massive online world or anything and for safety reasons, people can only go in for a limited amount of time. But, some people figured out how to hack into the MEEP and stay beyond the time limit and that’s where our main character comes in. Nixy Bauer, Home in an hour is her slogan because her job is a leveller, someone who goes into the MEEP and drags out the kids who hacked in and have been in too long. She brags that she’s the fastest leveller there is and that she can get the kids out in under an hour, hence her slogan. The concept is really cool and I liked how the kids couldn’t just be woken up or something, as the MEEP is a dreamlike state rather than a video game with a console or something, because of the risk of brain damage or something. But, when the game’s developer’s son went into the MEEP and i appears to be a suicide, Nixy is hired to go in and get him. I enjoyed the scifi aspects of this book and I liked Nixy a lot as a character but I felt like the romance element was incredibly rushed and took away from it somewhat. But I loved when Nixy explained her job and how she went about going into the MEEP to get people back and I thought she was a total badass.