Backward Compatible: A Geek Love Story

Backward Compatible by Sarah Daltry & Pete Clark

a standalone
published on December 8, 2013 by SDE Press
contemporary | romance

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WARNING: There is no sex in this book. Your Kindle or other device will remain at a pleasant room temperature. At no point will your panties drop. Your significant other will be allowed to snore in peace as you read. You may, however, laugh yourself out of commission.

Not too long ago, in a town that, depending on your current location, is either not super far or actually quite close… (insert Star Wars theme music here…)

It is a time of chaotic hormones.

Two nerdy gents home for winter break have discovered a female gamer at a midnight release.

During the break, the gamer trio manages to reveal the game’s secret boss, a hidden enemy with enough power to destroy anything in its path.

Pursued by other gamers who want to be the first to beat this boss, George and Katie race to level up, and, in so doing, restore decency and sexual activity to their personal galaxy..

newDEC2013 Review

Backward Compatible is a book about two gamers finding love.

Let’s start with George. George is a gamer through and through. “Tall, lanky, weird vocabulary, the whole nine yards.” It’s hard not to love him, definitely. He’s sweet, and at the same time, he’s not some sexist bastard who thinks that women can’t handle a few curse words. He uses a lot of creative curse words, for that matter. He believes that women can handle stuff, and for that, he is officially one of my new book boyfriends.

Katie, on the other hand, is not the type of girl who you would peg as a gamer. She’s an absolutely great character, though! She’s the type of girl who knows what she wants and how to get it. Evidence of this is the time when she faked being sad and defeated just to get what she wanted from George. I didn’t really like that she was manipulative and stuff, but you have to admit, the girl’s got skills.

The plot was unique. I don’t really read a lot about gamers in YA, and it’s a breath of fresh air to read this one.

The pacing was just fine. Even if there was a bit of insta-love, you could feel the moments when they started becoming more than friends. The writing was organized, and it was evident that the authors did extensive research because of all the game references (which I didn’t understand much, but don’t judge) or that they’re gamers themselves.

All in all, it was a cute read. It was the type of book that will have you grinning while reading it!

New adult novels. I guess this one was on the borderline of NA & YA.
If you’re looking for a short, funny and romantic novel, this one’s for you.



Let’s discuss!
Have you read this book? If you have, what did you think of it? If you haven’t, will you be picking it up soon?

6 thoughts on “Review: Backward Compatible by Sarah Daltry & Pete Clark

  1. Sounds completely adorable, I’ll have to pick this up because I agree, there isn’t much about gamers in YA! George sounds completely sweet and too bad that Katie can see that and manipulates the situation a bit. That’s totally taking advantage of him. Adding it to my TBR, thanks for the awesome review!


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