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Peek Inside Nexis

Struggling with her physical limitations, Ella’s only escape is Nexis, the hugely popular virtual reality game her father created. But Ella will have to choose between love and survival. Because Nexis isn’t the game everyone thinks it is...

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In the domed city of Evanescence, appearance is everything. A Natural Born among 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 when their separate worlds collide, Ella will have to choose between love and survival. Because Nexis isn’t quite the game everyone thinks it is.

And it’s been waiting for Ella.


Five Stars: "The characters are vivid and completely realized, and the story is imaginative and wonderful. This is one of those books that it doesn't matter what age its written for, it touches you and will hold a place in your heart." - Stella Price, co-author of the Eververse and Dragon Elementals series

Five Stars: "Reading this book is like watching a movie. The descriptions are rich and vivid, the dialogue is organic, there's a pinch of humor, and Ella's character is so poignant. I'm talking emotional rollercoaster here -- the good kind that makes you get so invested that you can't put the book down because you have to know what happens and you end up reading through the whole night[.]" - Tally Catarina

Five Stars: "I fell in love, with the writing, the story, and the characters. Such a cool story." Erica Chapman, author of the forthcoming YA novel, Teach Me To Forget

Five Stars: "In my opinion, this book will fly off the shelves because it's that good. And these series could easily turn into an amazing motion picture series (because they would look amazing on screen, and the dialogue is that brilliant). 5 out of 5 stars and easily the most exciting read of 2015 for me!" - Lesia Joukova, Lesia's Tale YouTube Channel

Five Stars: "If you are looking for one of the best novels I've read this year, reach no further because Nexis is for you. You will love it. It's amazing, and I cannot wait for more." - Kayl, Kalys Krazy Obsession

Four Stars: "If you're a fan of mind-bending sci-fi, video games or dystopians in general, I'd definitely pick this one up! Then get ready to read a story that's unique and exhilarating!" Nicole Hewitt, Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633751224
Series: Tricksters, Book 1
Release Date: Dec 1, 2015
Page Count: 352
Imprint: teen
Genre: dystopian, sci-fi, young adult
Tropes: forbidden love/off limits, overcoming odds

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By Cody November 30, 2015

Nexis is an unique and imaginative debut that keeps you guessing until the very end, leaves you greedy for answers with it’s many tricks at every turn and an ending that makes you question everything you’ve come to know.

Nexis takes place in city called Evanescence, set in a post-apocalyptic world wi ...more

By Carrie March 17, 2017

Ellani Drexel is from a domed city known as Evanescence. She has grown up in a world where most members of the city do alterations and modifications on themselves to make them more "perfect". Ella is what as known as a natural, she hasn't had any alts or mods done and her father prohibits her from g ...more

By A.L. December 02, 2015

May contain mild-ish spoilers, but nothing you wouldn't already see in any other review. P.S. this is long...Sorry, LOL!

Nexis is a strange and unique book, both for me and for the genre. It's a story within a story and there are a lot of layers shoved into these 300 some-odd pages. As any author mig ...more

By Lisa December 06, 2015

Love, love, LOVED this one!! Review will be posted on my blog, Lisa Loves Literature tomorrow, as part of a blog tour! ...more

By Stella March 17, 2014

Im not a fan of YA at all, but I loved this book. I was fortunate enough to get to read it once upon a time and it has stayed with me since. The characters are vivid and completely realized, and the story is imaginative and wonderful. This is one of those books that it doesn't matter what age its wr ...more

By Hilary November 29, 2015

In a society where people are genetically and surgically modified to make themselves unique, nothing natural is considered beautiful, and nothing natural can be trusted. Humanity destroyed the world and now must protect and hide itself.

Enter Ellani, a girl kept Natural, trapped by a horrifying accid ...more

By Krystianna November 29, 2015

WOW. This book was exceptional!! Full review to come!

Updated 11/29/15

**Thank you so much to Entangled Teen for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

To me, virtual reality stories are hidden gems in the science fiction genre. As soon as I find one, I squeal with glee like a l ...more

By Nicole December 02, 2015

This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Nexis is an innovative new YA sci-fi dystopian set in the post-apocalyptic future. The Aristocrats have created their own perfect society, separate from the undesirables outside the walls. Still, everyone needs a little ou ...more

By Lesia August 17, 2017

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book blew my mind. I finished it in a little over 24 hours and that is only because I had to work. Still, I just couldn't keep away. If you're under the impression that the synopsis of the book is too revealing (I was), wait ...more

By Emilia March 10, 2017

Nexis is a virtual reality game, set in a futuristic world, that allows players to experience life the way they want to. For six hours once every 18, Aristocrats and Disfavored, the two main social groups in the futuristic city of Evanescence are joined in a game that - in theory - allows them to br ...more

By Tally February 24, 2015

I was one of the beta readers for this book and Oh. Em. Gee. This is one of my favorite books EVER. I've read multiple versions and I swear it only gets better with each read. I even made my husband read it. And HE loves it too! He's always like, "When's Amanda's (A.L.'s) book coming out? We should ...more

By Stacy December 01, 2015

I'm not a video gamer, but if I was, Nexis would be the game I would want to play.

NEXIS was such a unique book and I enjoyed uncovering all of its mysteries. Ella is a Natural born in a city filled with genetically-altered to be flawless Aristocrats and all she wants is to fit in. After a tragic acc ...more

By Erica May 26, 2015

I was lucky enough to read this one in manuscript form and I fell in love, with the writing, the story, and the characters. Such a cool story. I can't wait to read it again ;0) ...more

By Melissa (YA Book Shelf) October 07, 2015

Intense and addictive, Nexis is the kind of book that will have even non-readers dying to re-enter the virtual reality of this book, even if they don't have a limit of 8 hours a day to live in this world.

The events of the novel take place over the course of a year or so following the night where Ell ...more

By Shelley December 04, 2015

**I received this book for free from (Publisher) via (NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*Genre* Young Adult, Science Fiction, Cyberpunk
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

Nexis is the first installment in A.L. Davoe's Trickste ...more

By Abby November 16, 2016

I just finished this book about 2 minutes ago. My heart is pounding. It is absolutely thrilling, beautifully written, and truly the novel for a trickster. I absolutely CANNOT wait for March 2017 when the sequel Redux is expected to come out!!! I'm dying waiting for it. This book was so good and I'd ...more

By Rachel November 28, 2015

Originally posted on:

*Note: I received an advanced readers copy of this book through Netgalley from the publisher, Entangled Teen, in exchanged for an honest review :) *

Everyone has body insecurities, whether it be their hair, voice, the shape of their nose, how ...more

By Jena January 30, 2016

When I started reading Nexis, I thought I was going to get a dark dystopia. At least, that's how A.L. Davroe sets up the story. Before you know it though, you're delved into a magical world full of adventure and deception. I could not put this one down, I constantly needed to know what was next and ...more

By Morris January 07, 2016

How much I enjoyed “Nexis” took me by surprise. Of course it sounded like something I would be interested in, otherwise I would not have read it in the first place. What I wasn’t expecting was to read the last page and five minutes later already be jonesing for the sequel.

There were a few issues at ...more

By BooksAmL November 03, 2015

Let me tell you this much .... I WANT The 2nd book right now....That being said i will give the book 4.5 stars, not because i did not love it. Nexis is the 1st book from the Tricksters series , and after reading the first book i am sure the second one will just amazing. After reading the synopsis f ...more

By Hannah May 02, 2016

Wonderful, interesting and deep; Nexis brings the reader into a world of fake perfection and virtual reality. This world is riddled with danger, mystery and back-stabbing elites. In the domed world of Evanescence, appearance is everything and the rich do anything they can to achieve it. A Natural B ...more

By Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm) March 27, 2017

Thanks to Netgalley and Entangled Publishing for giving this book to review.

Nexis is a really enjoyable sci-fi/dystopian novel which has lots of action, romance, mystery and a few twists. This book keeps you on the edge of your seat as it is fast paced especially once Ella has started her quest in ...more

By Rosemary March 17, 2014

This is the story of the furture but could be present or the past . Picture a world separated the haves and The have-nots Where cyborgs assist in a most human manner. The charactors are so live you can feel their emotions through the authors words . There is a boy and a girl and a whole lot o ...more

By Chloe December 22, 2015

But the ending though... ...more

By Erica November 30, 2015

I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

5 Stars

Young Adult age-range: 12+: video game & irl violence | sexual content with kissing shown and more activity perceived. | Parental units, judge your child's maturity on this. But it's mild by comparison to most TV commercials a ...more

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A.L. Davroe

About the author

A.L. Davroe

A.L. Davroe grew up in Connecticut and, after traveling to many countries, many states, and many fantasy realms - sometimes even living in them - she has decided that Connecticut is a wonderful little state. She likes books, cats, chai tea lattes, and the word "chime." By day, A.L. makes cheese for a local artisan dairy and, by night, A.L. writes in various sub-genres of adult and YA fantasy, science fiction, horror, and romance, but most of her work tends to have a revisionist twist to it. You can follow her various forays into aesthetic merriment and misbegotten shenanigans on Facebook or Twitter and you can check out her current musical obsessions on her website:

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