Published: 28 November 2017 (Paperback Edition)
Publisher: Simon Schuster
Category: Fiction/Young Adult
A love letter to the 1980s and to nerds everywhere—The Impossible Fortress will make you remember what it feels like to love someone—or something—for the first time.
Billy Marvin’s first love was his computer.
Then he met Mary Zelinsky.
Do you remember your first love?
It’s May 1987. Fourteen-year-old Billy Marvin of Wetbridge, New Jersey, is a nerd, but a decidedly happy nerd. Afternoons are spent with his buddies, watching copious amounts of television, gorging on Pop-Tarts, debating who would win in a brawl (Rocky Balboa or Freddy Krueger? Bruce Springsteen or Billy Joel? Magnum P.I. or T.J. Hooker?), and programming video games on his Commodore 64 late into the night. Then Playboy magazine publishes photos of their idol, Wheel of Fortune hostess Vanna White, Billy meets expert computer programmer Mary Zelinsky, and everything changes.
Back in March I reviewed The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak (review here) and found in it a tribute to nerds of the 80’s as well as a fun game online and a musical playlist that was the perfect accompaniment to the novel.
The book itself was quite funny and outlandish at times, but you can really feel the joy of the author as he writes about the admittedly silly and sometimes dangerous antics of these boys growing up when a computer hard drive was only 20MB and the most fascinating thing for them was the possibility of snagging a copy of Playboy.
Aside from that, though, there was real passion for computer programming and other aspects of a typical 80’s nerd and while I missed living it myself (being between 0-5 years old at the time), it evoked a nostalgic feeling. I think nerds new and old will enjoy reading about Billy and his love of computers. It’s all on level so even if you’re not familiar with coding, things make sense. Whew!
To celebrate the paperback release of The Impossible Fortress, Simon Schuster is sponsoring a giveaway of the book! The Rafflecopter below will show you all the ways you can get an entry.
The giveaway will be open starting today, December 10, and run until December 17 at 12:00AM EST. Open US only.
While you’re entering and waiting for the winner to be announced, be sure to try out the game Jason Rekulak created bearing the same name. 3 levels of dodging baddies and collecting “coins”. Easy, right? Heh heh… 😉