Cure for the Common Universe

Cure for the Common Universe Prepare to be cured by this quirky and hilarious debut novel about a sixteen year old loner who is sent to rehab for video game addiction perfect for fans of Ned Vizzini and Jesse Andrews Sixteen year

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  • Title: Cure for the Common Universe
  • Author: Christian McKay Heidicker
  • ISBN: 9781481450270
  • Page: 356
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Prepare to be cured by this quirky and hilarious debut novel about a sixteen year old loner who is sent to rehab for video game addiction perfect for fans of Ned Vizzini and Jesse Andrews.Sixteen year old Jaxon is being committed to video game rehab ten minutes after meeting a girl A living, breathing girl named Serena, who not only laughed at his jokes but actually kindaPrepare to be cured by this quirky and hilarious debut novel about a sixteen year old loner who is sent to rehab for video game addiction perfect for fans of Ned Vizzini and Jesse Andrews.Sixteen year old Jaxon is being committed to video game rehab ten minutes after meeting a girl A living, breathing girl named Serena, who not only laughed at his jokes but actually kinda sorta seemed excited when she agreed to go out with him.Jaxon s first date Ever.In rehab, Jaxon can t blast his way through galaxies to reach her He can t slash through armies to kiss her sweet lips Instead, he has four days to earn one million points by learning real life skills And he ll do whatever it takes lie, cheat, steal, even learn how to cross stitch in order to make it to his date.If all else fails, Jaxon will have to bare his soul to the other teens in treatment, confront his mother s absence, and maybe admit that it s than video games that stand in the way of a real connection.From a bright new voice in young adult literature comes the story of a young man with a serious case of arrested development and carpal tunnel syndrome who is about to discover what real life is all about.

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    1. The rehab facility was a windowless, cream-gray box of a building, nestled among dunes that stretched to the horizon. It looked as lonely as a LEGO lost in an infinite sandbox.Pretty much everything about this book was a lot of fun. For me, the plot was immensely entertaining. I loved Jaxon (known as Miles Prower in V-hab) throughout his perilous journey, even when he was overly self-conscious about his man boobs. I liked all of the perimeter characters as well. Soup was a standout. He was just [...]

    2. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.There are books out there for everyone. Occasionally you'll get a book that you like or even love. But even less occasionally you'll pick up a book that you feel the author has written for you. Christian's Cure for the Common Universe would be that book for me. Let's go through the items that, before I read this book, were in my head under the title of Things I'd Love Combined Into a Book One Day ™.1) Humor. 2) Romance.3) Strong w [...]

    3. I LOVED this book!Okay, I mean, I suspected I would. I'm a gamer. And this is a book about a gamer, so already I'm in. And the book did not disappoint.Jaxon is a gamer. His specialty is the world of Arcadia (similar to WoW or Guild Wars) in which he is his clan's tank. His clan is so good, in fact, that Jaxon spends all his time playing, ignoring his dad and stepmother's entreaties to eat better, exercise, try to meet a girl.Jaxon would love more than anything to meet a girl, of course. He knows [...]

    4. Rounded Up From 3 1/2 Stars“Cure for the Common Universe” is a fun and fast-paced read with a premise and setting any gamer is bound to love.Set in a video game rehab facility which uses a game system of points to allow the patients to be released, it almost seems like a fun place to be. That is unless you will miss your video games too much. I’m not going to lie, if I had to give up the gigantic time suck of Animal Crossing it would not be pretty. Someone has to weed my town, and it won [...]

    5. I really wanted to like this book. It has all the trappings of the YA contemporaries that I love but unfortunately it did not work for me. One of the reasons this one didn't work for me is the fact that I never connected with the main character. Now you are not supposed to like Jaxon/Miles. He is a self-centered jerk who frankly treats people like crap. That's kind of the point here. He's not the lovable nerd that we are used to And while liking unlikable characters is nothing new for me, that c [...]

    6. People told me that CURE FOR THE COMMON UNIVERSE was hilarious and chock-full of geekery.They were not wrong.Once I started this book, I could not stop. Each page delivered joke after joke, video game reference after video game reference. I found myself laughing aloud, sharing snippets with anyone who happened to be near me, thinking up people I could buy the book for after it was released. The characters are lively and engaging, and despite the larger-than-life shenanigans, feel like people I a [...]

    7. The first two thirds of this book are great fun: they're full of weird, but sharply-written, characters, and a really strange, but very relatable, quest. And, of course, lots of video game references. But the last third of the book is where its heart lies. That's when the book does some really interesting, really bold things with its characterization. And by the time the book ends, you'll have a completely different outlook on what you've just read. In some ways, I'm jealous, since it treads gro [...]

    8. Heidicker's writing is full of wit and heart. You can't go wrong with this book, especially for reluctant readers.

    9. I really liked this book. But what's up with that ending? I'm confused. Initially it was a solid 5 stars but i didn't enjoyed that ending. It was as if the author did not have any ideas on how to end it. But i really enjoyed the beginning and the middle. The things that they did in the rehab was fun. The friends he made was diverse and really funny. But what happened to everyone in the end???? come on

    10. Recap: Jaxon (Miles) plays his favorite video game video game way too much; Miles' dad sends him to video game rehab (V-hab); Jaxon joins a group (guild) with 3.5 other nerds: Aurora, Meeki, Soup and a heroin addict; Miles' group counselor is a gentle, lonely giant named Fezzik who, when nervous, makes a Wookie sound; Miles wants to get out of V-hab as fast as possible. So, when I heard this novel was about video game rehab, I assumed I was in for some light reading—obscure gaming references, [...]

    11. Very very mild spoilers ahead!Heidicker finds a way to combine video game culture and feminism in a much-needed way. I should say that I am not, in any way, a gamer, but that did not deter my enjoyment of the book. While Miles is the main-character, he hardly makes for a protagonist in the classic sense where you root for the guy. Instead, you become endeared to the characters Miles meets along the way. This is obviously very purposeful on Heidicker's part. While yes, it is another book with a s [...]

    12. Come discuss with us over at Tales of the Ravenous Reader!Cure for the Common Universe is Ready Player One meets Recovery Road. There's just enough contemporary in there to help non-gamers feel welcome and plenty of gaming references that only the most L33T will get it.Poor Jaxon. He's forced into Video Game Rehab just as he sets up his first date. Jaxon isn't likable - Give him a fedora and Mt. Dew and he's totally a Reddit meme. He's in it to win it and doesn't care who he has to trample on hi [...]

    13. I don't even know what I just read This book reached new levels of bad. It had an interesting premise that could work, but this end result was a slow progressive ride on a broken rollercoaster. The characters have few redeeming qualities, we dragged on far too long inside the rehab facility, our main character does every dirty trick in the book for pure selfish reasons, and the ending was confusing and had zero character growth. Safe to say that this book sucks! People comparing this to Ready Pl [...]

    14. 3.5 starsA solid book. I did like the main character even though he clearly had a lot of problems but that's what being human feels like. We're not perfect and we can't please everyone. Plot was unique and interesting. A bit predictable but that's what you get with most contemporary novels these days. I will definitely check out Christian McKay Heidicke's next book because I think he can write realistic characters which aren't afraid to voice their opinion. We need more of those in young adult l [...]

    15. Wow - loved this ARC! Heidicker is a fabulous writer and the story of 16 year old Jaxon's exile to video game rehab days before his very first date is packed with humor, cracking dialogue and tremendous characters. I think that's one of the book's strongest points - a incredibly vivid cast! Jaxon's real life quest is to achieve enough points to garner an early exit from rehab to make his date. Along the way, he begins to realize the impact of his mother's addiction and his own reasons for escapi [...]

    16. I have one very big problem about this book, and it's the ending. Aside from that very big problem, however, I have no other complaints about this book. Cure for the Common Universe is such a unique and fun book to read, while showing us the main character's quest towards self-discovery. I really enjoyed reading this book. Jaxon was committed to video game rehab by his dad for spending hours and hours playing video games, and there, Jaxon has to earn 1 million points to be released. Since Jaxon [...]

    17. Before I start this review, I'd like to make it clear that I, by no means, am a gamer. Jaxon, the protagonist of Christian McKay Heidicker’s CURE FOR THE COMMON UNIVERSE, absolutely is. We start off the novel with a brief introduction of Jaxon's life; we know Jaxon is the member of a guild through the game "Arcadia" called the Wight Knights, and spends his days playing video games. Until one day he meets a girl at a car wash who actually seems to be interested in him --- something that in his [...]

    18. Hmm still processing this one. Review to come.UPDATE: 3.75 stars.I love the gamer nerd world and Heidicker portrays it with accuracy and humor. The video game rehab camp is brilliantly fleshed out. Our cast of characters:the female characters are unrelentingly fierce,the dweebs are innocent and sweet, the bros are jerks, but our main character, Jaxson/Miles Prower is awful. I was really, really hating him by the end of the book. What an awful self-absorbed little turd. The end of the book does h [...]

    19. This first novel by Christian McKay Heidicker is an absolute joy to read, and I'm not just saying that because I won an advanced copy. (Thank you, Simon & Schuster!) Jaxon (aka Miles Prower, get it?), our possibly lovable, definitely flawed narrator, is forced off to a video game rehab facility in the middle of the Utah desert. There, among a throng of intriguing, vividly portrayed misfits, each with a self-selected alias, "Miles" pines for the beautiful girl he just met, and schemes to get [...]

    20. I loved this book so much, for its irreverence and humor and cultural relevance, but also for the way it manages to have something really worthwhile to say about taking a hard look at yourself and tackling the difficult challenge of growing into a better person without ever being preachy. In fact, if you’re like me, you’ll burn through the whole thing in one or two sittings with a big smirk on your face and only a subconscious awareness of the profundity of the message. I genuinely cared abo [...]

    21. Cure for the Common Universe, despite a few low-points, turned out to be an excellent read. The protagonist was aggressively unlikable and the tropes were tired and over-played. Or so I thought Christian Heidicker pleasantly surprised me by flipping all of this on it's head. Everytime that I thought I knew what predictable turn this book would take, it threw me for a loop. The ending is one of my favourites of all time, including "adult" books. My only criticism about this book would be that som [...]

    22. This was absolutely a light, quick, and fun read for me. I really enjoyed reading about all of the unique characters. There were loads of geeky, video game references and quotes, which totally made my inner nerd cheer. The only thing that kept me from rating this five stars was the ending. I felt like it just kind of flopped at the end, where I was looking for more. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone looking for a quick read or video game lovers.

    23. I love this book so much! It was amazing! (I didn't know how much I need a book about video game rehab until I found it

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