Cure for the Common Universe

Cure for the Common Universe

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Jaxon spends all of his spare time playing “Arcadia,” a team-based quest game. Just minutes after securing an unprecedented date with a beautiful, snarky girl, Jaxon is packed off to Video Horizons to cure him of his compulsion to play.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster BFYR,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781481450270
1481450271
Characteristics: 314 pages ; 22 cm

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May 30, 2018

Christian McKay Heidicker’s début novel The Cure for the Common Universe was a relatable and comical book.
The main character, a sixteen year old boy named Jaxon, who is addicted to gaming, leaves his sanctuary (his bedroom) and is forced to go to a car wash. Little did he know that he would meet the love of his life. But after driving back home, his dad instantly sends him to a video-game rehab. Jaxon, who’s determined to go out with the girl he met at a car wash, does all he can to get out of rehab before his date.
I found this book very relatable, as Jaxon and I have many similar traits and hobbies, because I love video games but I wouldn’t consider myself a video game addict.
I rate this book a 3.5/5 stars, and recommend this book to ages 12 and up, as there is foul language, but I still found The Cure for the Common Universe to be a good read anyways.
- @Animeislife of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

The Cure for the Common Universe by Christian McKay Heidicker was a fun-filled novel that was full of important morals and lessons for readers.
Sixteen-year-old Jaxon is a dedicated gamer who strays far from the painful outcomes of reality, but he doesn’t seem to think so. But after leaving his beloved gaming space to go to the car wash, he meets the most beautiful girl he’s ever seen under unusual circumstances. And the best part is, she laughs when he makes jokes, and agrees to go with him on a date. But once he comes home, he’s instantly taken away to a video-game rehab centre for extreme gamers whose parents and themselves believe they need to learn the ways of real life. Jaxon meets new people, and goes on hurtful and goal-setting journeys, and along the way finds more about himself and the people around him.
Considering this to be Heidicker’s debut novel, I found the storyline to be quite unique and after a recommendation from a friend, I enjoyed this book!
I would rate this book a 3/5 star rating and would recommend it to ages 12 and up.
- @ilovefood of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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