Larissa is a musician and would be happy to spend the rest of her years writing and playing music. Andrew is a scientist and wants to do useful science research to better the world. They meet at university but Larissa is not as impressed as Andrew upon their first meeting.
A few years later, after marriage and graduation, Andrew gets an incredible offer from the Government to work on a huge research project based in army barracks. Larissa is not happy to go with him and encourages him to go alone and fulfil his dreams but Andrew cannot bear to parted from Larissa and is prepared to give up his career to stay together. Larissa eventually agrees and leaves her old life of freedom and music to live in the barracks whilst Andrew works full-time on the project.
Living on army grounds is tough as there is no way to return back home (as the previous world is practically extinct) and the only taste of reality is via a teleportal system known as Nirvana, which residents are allowed to use 15 minutes a week to experience their pleasures.
One day, Larissa is informed Andrew is dead but the barracks cannot provide evidence of his death. After months of unanswered questions and troubled thoughts, Larissa decides to take matters into her own hands to find her husband, but this leads her down a path of lies, secrets and cover-ups. Larissa doesn't know who she can trust and is she really ready to find out the truth about Nirvana?
This book was ok to read but halfway during the story I kept getting confused at times. I had to keep re-reading previous pages to remember the plot and work out whether some of the storylines were based in the barracks or Nirvana timespan. Larissa's mission to find Andrew was quite gripping and this part of the story had me intrigued to find out what really happened to him. The ending was interesting and made me question what was real life or reality, just like Larissa would have done.
On the whole, this book was ok and is one that I would recommend.