Today I am delighted to be hosting the blog tour for The Nirvana Effect by Brian Pinkerton
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.
Wow, this had me gripped from the start. It had such an interesting precis, I was immediately hooked to see just where the story would go. Advances in technology have good and bad sides. We all disappear into our devices and are often removed from reality more than we perhaps should be. What The Nirvana Effect examines is the just how far we might go with it. Of course we all have moments where we wish we could escape and get away from it all, and in this future created by Brian, we don’t even have to leave the comfort of homes. We simply download what we’re after and our brain is whisked away. People no longer care for reality, choosing instead to disappear into their minds. Life is lived through the chip inserted in the base of their skull. There are those who resist the chip, wanting instead to experience real life, good and bad. Holding on to real experiences. Embracing reality – what’s left of it.
Now imagine living in a world where it was compulsory to have that chip installed? The government bring in a legislation that every adult and child would be fitted with a chip. Imagine your new born child, instead of the heel prick check, well they’d be fitted with a chip. Constantly traceable from birth. The benefits would make it worth while, or so they tell you. You would automatically receive free chipfeeds to make you feel happy, calm etc. and the potential to subscribe to many more virtual reality experiences to live your very best life – virtually. You can literally be anyone you want and experience anything you want. When the chip was first released people where cautious, now many can’t have it fitted quickly enough. Habit soon turns to addiction. Yet at the heart of this small electronic device lies the ability to control your mind – and that is an incredible power to hold.
I found this story fascinating. Over a very short period of time humankind has explored the massive potential of technology. It continues to evolve at a staggering rate. The last 18 months have been especially telling as many of us manage to live and work without even having to leave our homes. Equally, the idea of brainwave control and manipulation is not new – The Matrix springs to mind – but this is the first time I have come across a story that doesn’t seem fantastical. When you look at human nature today, you can see this reality waiting there in the shadows. Big Brother is watching and in The Nirvana Effect he wants even more, he wants to own our minds too.
Science Fiction or an all too realistic vision of the future. You decide.
About the author
Brian Pinkerton is a USA Today bestselling author of
novels and short stories in the thriller, horror, science
fiction and mystery genres. His books include Abducted, Vengeance, Anatomy of Evil, Killer’s Diary, Rough Cut, Bender, and How I Started the Apocalypse.
Discover more about Brian here.
Follow Brian on twitter at @BrianJPinkerton