“Fans of stories centered on the conflict between the virtual and the real will find plenty to enjoy.” — Publishers Weekly
No one goes out anymore.
Society is sheltered indoors. The economy is in ruins. People spend their lives addicted to a breakthrough virtual reality technology, desperate for escapism in a troubled world. The Nirvana Effect has taken over.
Aaron and Clarissa are members of a subculture of realists who resist the lure of a fake utopia. They watch in horror as the technology spreads across the country with willing participants who easily forgo their freedoms for false pleasures. When the young couple discovers a plot to enforce compliance for mind control, the battle for free will begins. What started as a playful diversion turns deadly. The future of the human race is at stake.
Flame Tree Press / Simon & Schuster (2021)
“Millions tune into a virtual reality program while society collapses around them in this thoughtful cyberpunk novel from Pinkerton… he does a good job drawing readers into the characters’ anguish and fear, and builds to a clever, desperate climax. Fans of stories centered on the conflict between the virtual and the real will find plenty to enjoy.”
— Publishers Weekly
“Incredible… easily one of the best dystopian novels I have read this year… the author beautifully maintained the momentum until the very end, which led to an explosive climax.”
— Rajiv’s Reviews
“Wow, this had me gripped from the start.”
— Tales Before Bedtime
The New York Public Library recommends The Nirvana Effect!
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