Nexis-ALDavroeAll Ella wanted was to be accepted for who and what she is. In the society she lives in, however, she knows that’s not possible. The Aristocrats, genetically-altered humans, shun anything that seems out of their own norm. This includes what is known as the Naturals, humans who’ve never had any alterations done to their own bodies. Things soon change when an attempt on Ella’s life is made. Forced to confront her grim reality, she immerses herself in Nexis, the game her father created. It’s there that she soon learns who she truly is.

An awesome start to what seems to be a very promising series, we meet the shy, yet determined Ella. This is a girl who’s hiding behind a carefully constructed facade. A girl who wants nothing more than to fit in. Mind you, her father loves her just way the way she is. In a world where looks matter, however, accepting herself as she truly sees herself is hard to come by.

AL has crafted a world, that while fiction, is also reminiscent of what the world could be like in this day and age. Virtual reality exists in many forms, as does the option to alter one’s own body. Granted, the enhancements allowed currently aren’t as advanced as they are depicted in Nexis. Nevertheless, the book gives us an idea on what it would be like to live in a world where nothing natural is accepted by the human race.

In Nexis, Ella’s world is turned upside-down when an accident leaves her with physical limitations. She refuses to accept that she’s anything other than what she used to be. Thus, she slips into the game daily, losing herself to a reality that’s nothing like the one she lives in. I love the way AL has wound this story around two characters who come from different sides of the train tracks, even if they don’t know it themselves.

These characters strive to make sense of the chaos that surrounds them. With every turn of the page, you find yourself diving deeper into the secrets that surround Ella and Nexis. Her feelings, her vulnerabilities, even her expectations, leap off every page. Though Ella’s world seems bleak at times, AL shows us that this character isn’t truly willing to give in to her pain and heartache. She’s got something to fight for and will do everything necessary to protect what she deems hers.




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.




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About The Author:

A. L. (Amanda) 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), Nexis (YA Sci-Fi), and M.I.A. (YA suspense-horror). My YA Sci-Fi novel, Redux, is coming out with Entangled Publishing March 21, 2017!

By day, Amanda lives in Connecticut with her two feline hench-creatures. 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. Amanda also suffers from Resting Bitchface Syndrome (RBS), so even though she might look like she’ll tie you in a knot if you come near her, she’s more afraid of you than you are of her (see blushing problem above).












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