We love books published from independent presses as much as we do the Big Five. Looking for an indie read to keep on your 2017 radar? Then check out Post-High School Reality Quest by Meg Eden – we have the cover!
“I LOVE being a part of the CCB family, and something that I’ve particularly loved is that I’ve gotten to be in conversation with my editor about the book, and getting to provide my thoughts and ideas for things like the cover,” said Eden. “I never imagined I’d get to have as much input as I’ve had, and I even was able to draw the picture of Buffy on the cover! Like, this BLOWS my mind! As someone who is constantly doodling my characters, I love that I was able to portray Buffy the way I wanted her to be represented. I love that my editor has let me provide feedback, and been open to my ideas. I love that he ‘gets’ my book. I know if I saw this on a bookshelf, I’d want to open it up and read what happens inside.”
Buffy is playing a game. But the game is her life, and there are no cheat codes for 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 starts telling her how to life her life.
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 the heart of her longtime crush, Tristan/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 falls apart, her roommate turns against her, and Buffy finds herself trying to survive a game built from her worst nightmares.
“As we discussed the cover design, we wanted to allude to the box art of classic text adventure games. We kept going back to King’s Quest box art, and wanted to parody elements of King’s Quest III’s box art. I think the crystal ball is a particularly pertinent image, as in the book, Buffy travels through time, is fearing the future and looking at the past with regret,” said Eden. “There’s something about classic video game box art that really draws me in—the illustrations look like they’re frozen in motion, like they’re alive. The box art invites you to be a part of an adventure, to be an active participant in a story. Likewise, I hope people who pick up Post-High School Reality Quest will feel like they get to be a part of the story, that they’re not just reading a book but that they themselves are part of the story.”
Post-High School Reality Quest releases from California Coldblood on June 13.
[EDIT] The cover received another update! Take a look below.