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Cure for the Common Universe

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Callous gamer wises up in smart rehab tale.

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This funny, well-told story makes the case that compulsive gaming is just as devastating as other addictions, letting gamers tune out troubles in favor of predictable, satisfying virtual interaction. Christian McKay Heidicker's CURE FOR THE COMMON UNIVERSE is a sure win for gamers, full of smart references and understanding for all the highs and lows of gaming culture.

There's terrific fodder here for talking about how our relationship with technology affects our self-awareness and connections to each other. Wonderfully developed supporting characters give the book heart and depth. The sticky issue is that Jaxon's moment of clarity feels like too little, too late. By the time he takes a good, hard look at himself, he's alienated everyone around him -- including readers. The focus on privilege is interesting, if a bit forced. Jaxon clearly still has a lot of work to tackle on his own.

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