One way I like to give back to the writing community is to help new and aspiring writers spread the word about their books. This activity has been a revelation. Most beginning writers are surprisingly good; some need to put that pen, that tablet, that laptop, away and get a job that has nothing to do with writing.
Every once in a while, I come across a gem. Now, if I had seen Meg Eden’s new book, Post-High School Reality Quest (PHSRQ) in a bookstore, I would have passed it over. A story about a young woman’s final year of high school and the beginning of her collegiate career is not exactly in my wheelhouse. But that has changed; after reading Ms. Eden’s novel, I will now be on the lookout for any subsequent offerings.
PHSRQ is the story of Buffy, a gamer girl who goes through a significant period of her life as if she is living in a virtual reality where real life situations can be replayed should anything go awry. As the story progresses, however, Buffy and her gamer friends learn their decisions may have irreversible and sometimes devastating consequences.
I like the development of the characters in this story. They feel like real people, and just like real people, they are unpredictable and did things that often surprised me.
More than anything, I enjoyed the superb writing of Ms. Eden. Though I have little in common with the characters in PHSRQ, I became immersed in the story. High quality writing finds eager readers. I’m grateful I had the opportunity to review this book. Five stars and highly recommended.