Friday, 4 April 2014
Book: Backward Compatible by Sarah Daltry & Pete Clark
Katie and George are desperate for the newly released game at the midnight release, so much so that they end up vying for the same game. In a fit of gallantry, George gives Katie the game, little expecting that it could be the start of something. When Katie goes on a date with another gamer, Jeff, she finds herself almost constantly thinking about George and how she would prefer it to be him, but first they have to figure out how dating could work for the two of them, and they have to defeat the big boss, with help from their friends of course!
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I don't think I have ever laughed aloud so much at a book! Backward Compatible was full of quips and banter that you really couldn't help but laugh at, particularly when George and Lanyon get going at each other. But there weren't just funny moments, there was also the slightly awkward but totally normal at the same time, romance between George and Katie.
See total misconception; geeks aren't normal human beings. Except that they are, they just prefer to get lost in games or books or films than in alcohol and drugs, and lets face it its probably better for them (either that or the girl that reads more books per month than there are days is just defending herself too!) But there was also a wide range of pop culture references, which did cause me to get excited when I could pin point exactly where the reference had come from (though part of me thinks that George could have had a far cooler sword from A Song of Ice and Fire).
Before you go thinking that the relationship between George and Katie was just platonic with a bit of added commitment, it wasn't, they went on proper dates where they just talked, and they certainly had a physical attraction for one another.
Something that really struck me in this book was the emphasis on friends. There was no ditching friends for couple time, and instead it seemed that to most of the characters spending time with their friends was actually one of the highest priorities.
Basically just a fantastic book, funny, cute and easy to read, though if you don't understand game playing, books, films or anything like that, then maybe its not for you.