May 23, 2020

#BookReview: Post-High School Reality Quest by Meg Eden






Synopsis: Buffy is playing a game. However, the game is her life, and there are no instructions or cheat codes on how to win.

After graduating high school, a voice called “the text parser” emerges in Buffy’s head, narrating her life as a classic text adventure game. Buffy figures this is just a manifestation of her shy, awkward, nerdy nature—until the voice doesn’t go away, and instead begins to dominate her thoughts, telling her how to live her life. Though Buffy tries to beat the game, crash it, and even restart it, it becomes clear that this game is not something she can simply “shut off” or beat without the text parser’s help.

While the text parser tries to give Buffy advice on how “to win the game,” Buffy decides to pursue her own game-plan: start over, make new friends, and win her long-time crush Tristan’s heart. But even when Buffy gets the guy of her dreams, the game doesn’t stop. In fact, it gets worse than she could’ve ever imagined: her crumbling group of friends fall apart, her roommate turns against her, and Buffy finds herself trying to survive in a game built off her greatest nightmares.
 


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Rating: ★★
My Review: This one is def. for fans of books like Sadie, Illuminae, and others that are set up different.  The start of this one was very interesting how she wakes up in an office and its split up with her thoughts and more.  I haven't really read a title like this before as the ones I mentioned above just didn't mesh well with me. This one reminded me of Tron which I loved growing up.  For me this book is kind of weird.  I wanted to really fall in love with it since I love gaming and well learning what a game does when there isn't a player around was a pretty interesting concept.  But for me it just didn't work out.  I made it around 80 pages and just had to call it quits.  I think this one would work well for those who are real gamers on a regular basics.   


On the front of the writing though it was amazing and I really loved this cover.  








"Right from page one, Post High-School Reality Quest grabbed me, and I just couldn't put it down. Inside these pages is a complicated and haunting story of love and loss, written in a unique and compelling style that pulls us right into Buffy's world―and makes sure we can't get out. Meg Eden handles the topic of mental illness with sensitivity and skill, while also showing just how confusing and scary these experiences are, at times, for her main character, as even the reader begins to question what's real and what's not. Highly recommended.” 
Madeline Dyer, author of the Untamed series.

"This may be one of the most wildly original YA entries for 2017—the only book I can think to compare it to (for sheer originality, outrageous & clever humor, and sly irreverence) is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy(it's that good—it's worthy of the comparison). Our MC, Buffy, finds herself navigating post-high school life & love while stuck inside a text-adventure video game. I am not a gamer, but you don't have to be to quickly catch on to the format (with saved lives/do-overs, etc.) and to rapidly become hooked and thoroughly strapped into this roller-coaster of a novel. I found myself laughing out loud many, many times while reading this (while shaking my head in awe "Meg Eden did NOT just pull that off..."). READ THIS BOOK. #TeamNarwhal"
Laurie Forest, author of The Black Witch

"There's so much emotion in these pages and, amazingly, none of it overwhelms the reader. Pain is countered by joy, grief with understanding, the loss of innocence with the mixed gift of knowledge. Meg Eden has written a novel that's both captivating and funny, one that follows a beautifully-flawed young woman and her friends as they try to understand the complexities of a confusing age. But Post High School Reality Quest is more than a lovely and unsentimental coming-of-age story; it's the kind of book that's destined to stand out in your memory, one you quietly, lovingly, think about long after it's finished."
E. A. Aymar, author of You're As Good As Dead

"Entertaining yet thoughtful look at figuring out who you are. The format and concept behind this book is refreshingly unique. It's told as a command-based video game, but the story is a contemporary coming of age tale. Definitely a must-read for gamers and really for YA readers in general!"
T. E. Carter, author of I Stop Somewhere

Post–High School Reality Quest will no doubt be one of the science fiction highlights of the year.”
Hannah Scorfield, NeonBooks.org.uk









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