Post High School Reality Quest (Paperback)

By Meg Eden

Rare Bird Books, 9781945572234, 320pp.

Publication Date: June 13, 2017

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Description

Buffy's your typical cosplaying, retro-gaming, con-going geek girl, but as her high school graduation approaches, she finds she has an unwelcome guest in her mind: the text parser.

Narrating her life like it's a classic adventure game (cough Zork cough), the text parser forces her to interact with the world through a series of a typewritten commands: Finish school.
Go to party.
Fall in love.

At first it's pretty cool. It's not easy making the transition from high school to college. It's not easy dealing with roommates. It's not easy being in a new relationship with her lifelong crush. Buffy makes some huge mistakes along the way, but the text-parser lets her fix all of them.

It's like having superpowers...until the text parser won't shut up.

Buffy is desperate to get rid of it, but no matter how many times she tries to restart or reset, the text parser won't go away. Before long, her life starts to crumble: her friends grow apart, her roommates turn against her, and her boyfriend falls into a deep depression. Buffy's life has become a game, but how can you win when there's no final boss?

Narrated in the style of classic adventure games, Post-High School Reality Quest is is a captivating coming-of-age story that T. E. Carter calls a "must read" for all gamers and YA fans.


About the Author

Meg Eden's work has been published in various magazines, including Rattle, Drunken Boat, Poet Lore, and Gargoyle. She teaches creative writing at places including University of Maryland, The Writer's Center, and Anne Arundel Community College. She has four poetry chapbooks, and is a poetry editor for Wherewithal. When she's not writing, she plays video games with her husband, namely Fire Emblem. She loves reading anything and everything she can get her hands on. Check out her work at megedenbooks.com.
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