AUTHOR: TL Costa
SLATED RELEASE DATE: July 2, 2013 (Strange Chemistry/Angry Robot – North America)
OFFICIAL BLURB: Keep telling yourself – it’s just a game… it’s just a game.
When is a game not a game?
Tyler MacCandless can’t focus, even when he takes his medication. He can’t focus on school, on his future, on a book, on much of anything other than taking care of his older brother, Brandon, who’s in rehab for heroin abuse… again.
Tyler’s dad is dead and his mom has mentally checked out. The only person he can really count on is his Civilian Air Patrol Mentor, Rick. The one thing in life it seems he doesn’t suck at is playing video games, and, well, that’s probably not going to get him into college.
Just when it seems like his future is on a collision course with a life sentence at McDonald’s, Rick asks him to test a video game. If his score’s high enough, it could earn him a place in flight school and win him the future he was certain that he could never have. And when he falls in love with the game’s designer, the legendary gamer Ani, Tyler thinks his life might finally be turning around.
That is, until Brandon goes MIA from rehab and Tyler and Ani discover that the game is more than it seems. Now Tyler will have to figure out what’s really going on in time to save his brother… and prevent his own future from going down in flames.
Usagi’s Take: I love the idea of “games” like this, so I’m pretty excited about this one, guys. And so far, Strange Chem’s lineup has really done well with fantastic books for their launch, so I’m hoping this one will be just as good as the rest. And tbh I love that cover. It’s very minimalist, but the poppies..delicious!
Ashleigh’s Take: I agree with Usagi: Great cover! Very simple and I love the poppies. However, I still can’t look at the cover without going “Wait, plane? What?” It never fails to shock me when I look at it because it’s makes the cover feel off–which is probably what they were going for.
What do you think of this new cover? Will you be reading this book? Let us know in the comments!