In the individual, virtual-reality-like mind space of Youtopia, “Immersers” can live in their own perfect world, but chaos ensues when an Immerser is murdered inside his Youtopia.

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  • WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, Winter 2024 – Best Techno-Thriller
  • WINNER: Literary Titan Book Awards - Gold Medal

FBI Special Agent Anabel Downer, one of the Bureau’s best, is assigned to the case. In her investigations of the mysterious murder, she interviews Youtopia’s staunchest supporters and naysayers, and gathers clues about the seedier sides of Immerser life.

Along the way, she encounters her own troubled past, and questions herself what is real. As the killer escalates his efforts, Ana must confront not only the hardest case of her life, but also her own demons.


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Pinnacle Book Achievement Award
Pinnacle Book Achievement Award –
Winter 2024 – Best Techno-Thriller




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ISBN-10: 9781622535766
ISBN-13: 978-1-62253-576-7
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Joseph Rein – Author, Audiobook Narrator
Lane Diamond – Editor, Interior Designer
Kris Norris – Cover Artist

Series: Youtopia, Book 1
Genres: 5.99 eBooks, Science Fiction, Thriller / Suspense
Tags: Audiobook, eBook, Hardcover, New Release, Paperback, Superfan Special
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Publication Year: 2024
Format: eBook, Paperback, Hardcover, Audiobook
Length: 75,087 Words
Narrator: Joseph Rein (Author)
ISBN: 9781622535767

List Price: $17.95 Paperback (May Be Discounted By Retailers)
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“In Youtopia, Joseph Rein presents a thought-provoking narrative that delves into the complexities of a near-future society where readers immerse themselves in virtual realities tailored to their deepest desires. The story primarily follows Ana, an FBI agent investigating the mysterious disappearance of Sonya Young and the darker undercurrents of the Youtopia phenomenon. As she navigates a web of corporate intrigue and personal demons, Ana uncovers unsettling truths about the nature of escapism and the consequences of living disconnected from reality.

“Rein's writing is both engaging and immersive, pulling the reader into a world that feels both fantastical and disturbingly plausible. The prologue sets a gripping tone with a tense scene of Sonya clinging to life on a cliffside, immediately hooking the reader's interest. Rein’s ability to blend detailed descriptions with the emotional states of his characters is evident throughout the book, particularly in passages where Ana grapples with the ethical implications of Youtopia and her own personal struggles. The ideas explored in the story are compelling and timely. The concept of a virtual utopia, where people can live out their fantasies without facing the real world's hardships, raises important questions about the human condition and our relationship with technology. Rein effectively uses the “found documents” format—integrating blog posts, incident reports, and other media—to create a multifaceted perspective on the Youtopia experience. This method not only enriches the world-building but also makes the narrative feel like a puzzle that the reader is piecing together alongside Ana.

“I feel the novel's pacing can sometimes be uneven, with some chapters focusing more heavily on descriptive details and introspection. While these moments deepen character development, I believe they occasionally disrupt the story's momentum. Despite this, Rein's characters are well-crafted and relatable, each embodying different aspects of the Youtopia phenomenon. Ana’s journey is particularly compelling as she balances her professional duties with her personal vendetta, reflecting the broader societal conflicts posed by Youtopia.

“It is important to note that Youtopia contains scenes and mentions of assault, including sexual assault. These scenes are integral to the book's exploration of the ethical and moral dilemmas associated with virtual realities and the impact of technology on human nature. Readers should be aware of the sensitive and potentially triggering content before diving into the story.

Youtopia is a captivating read for anyone interested in speculative fiction that explores the intersection of technology, identity, and morality. Joseph Rein’s novel will particularly resonate with fans of dystopian narratives and psychological thrillers. It’s a book that challenges readers to reflect on their own desires and the potential costs of a society increasingly drawn to digital escapism. For those looking for a story that is as intellectually stimulating as it is entertaining, this book is an excellent choice.”

– Literary Titan (Gold Medal)
Youtopia by Joseph Rein is the first in a new series, and it will leave you with your jaw on the floor. This is definitely an edge-of-your-seat thriller that will have you questioning what is and isn’t real. This unique plot offers plenty of action that will keep you reading all the way through. The author has a highly creative imagination. This book will, in equal parts, have you gripped on the murder mystery – how could it happen inside a mind space? – and questioning what you see as perfection and whether it’s what you really want. The characters are amazing, as unique as the plot, and highly believable. The twists and turns will leave you speechless and just when you think you have worked it all out, the plot will go spiraling out of your control once more. This is one of the best sci-fi books I have ever had the pleasure to read, something very different in the genre, and I can’t wait to read the next installment.”
“Author Joseph Rein has crafted an exhilarating journey into a world where technology blurs the lines between reality and fantasy, and every moment is filled with suspense and intrigue from the start. Rein’s masterful storytelling drew me into a gripping narrative that is well-paced to deliver great exposition and explanation in a naturalistic way that never felt overwhelming. As Ana unraveled the mystery behind the murder within Youtopia, I found myself immersed in a thought-provoking exploration of the human psyche and the ethical implications of advanced technology. The blend of techno-thriller elements and crime fiction kept me on the edge of my seat, and I found the concept highly original but also realistically executed to stop things from ever feeling over the top. Ana’s personal struggles were narrated with close attention to her speech and thoughts to let you into her head and heart for maximum emotional investment. Overall, Youtopia is a thrilling ride that challenges perceptions of identity, morality, and the boundaries of imagination, and I would certainly recommend it to techno-thriller readers everywhere.”
Youtopia is a fun, exciting, and, most importantly, thought-provoking read. The idea that as individuals we may have the opportunity to opt out of reality, out of the “rat race,” and immerse ourselves in what we consider to be our perfect life, our ideal world, will hold great appeal for many. Author Joseph Rein uses the narrative to ask some fascinating questions about the purpose of life, the social nature of the human animal, and whether there are ethical and moral justifications and issues for this type of operation. The idea that so many of the participants in Youtopia would also include in their “perfect life” their basest desires and perversions was initially shocking but, on reflection, also thought-provoking and almost understandable. Is it better that these often-criminal activities are indulged in the relative safety and anonymity of a virtual world rather than being inflicted on real, suffering human beings? This certainly gives much food for thought. Special Agent Anabel Downer was a wonderful lead character, with all her issues and personal tragedies in her life. It was enlightening to watch an investigator trying to unravel a case with so little actual physical evidence to work with. The conflicts of interest in this case for Anabel did not go unnoticed. This is a unique premise for a novel and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. I highly recommend this read.”
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