“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 is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.
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.
"Fans of stories centered on the conflict between the virtual and the real will find plenty to enjoy."
— Publishers Weekly
"Quite simply, one of the best thriller guys you can find. No nonsense, no bloat, just thrill."
— Mort Castle, author of Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury
"Brian Pinkerton is among the strongest new voices in suspense fiction to surface in a decade."
— Robert W. Walker, acclaimed author of the RANSOM, EDGE and INSTINCT series