Backward Compatible – Sarah Daltry & Pete Clark

19311332Backward Compatible: A Geek Love Story by Sarah Daltry & Pete Clark
December 8th 2013 by SDE Press
Source: eARC via Netgalley

Not too long ago, in a town that, depending on your current location, is either not super far or actually quite close… (insert Star Wars theme music here…)

It is a time of chaotic hormones.

Two nerdy gents home for winter break have discovered a female gamer at a midnight release.

During the break, the gamer trio manages to reveal the game’s secret boss, a hidden enemy with enough power to destroy anything in its path.

Pursued by other gamers who want to be the first to beat this boss, George and Katie race to level up, and, in so doing, restore decency and sexual activity to their personal galaxy…

I am pretty sure this book is about my life from 2009-2010. I spent the greater part of these two years playing the game Borderlands with a few friends. I was thurst back into obsessively playing the game at each new expansion. There were so many parallels to this game (and many others) that made my little geeky heart happy. This book instantly took me back to those late nights paired with midnight Denny’s (or IHOP runs). Another thing that made me connect to this book was the fact that one of the main characters shared my name. I swear this book was written about me.

This book was told from duel POV and it worked. George and Katie each had their own voice that was easily distinguishable. They both had clever things to say and had me cracking up plenty of times throughout. Both of them were also plenty awkward and I wish they would have just opened their mouths! There was a handful of secondary characters that helped them on their quest that highlighted different types of gamers. I enjoyed this because it truly reflected reality. One thing I will say is that I wish Lanyon wasn’t around 24/7. He was really good at killing the mood quickly.

One thing about this book is that it is not for those who are not familiar with the gaming world/terminology. There was little to no explanation to the terms and I luckily new almost all of them. The references I got made sense to the story but were not explained. When I read Ready Player One and an obscure reference was made, it was explained. This book lacked that and if a little more explanation was given it would have gotten 5 full stars.

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