The Impossible Fortress, a review by Lissa

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The Impossible Fortress
Jason Rekulak

285 pages
Published November 28, 2017 by Simon & Schuster

In my personal opinion, the 80s was a great decade. I was born in the 90s, but I wish I was born in the 80s. That was a decade of great music, movies, video games, and books. The fashion was awesome, and there was some great anime, cartoons, and comic books. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and ThunderCats came out during that time. Absolutely amazing. One of the key parts of the 80s were the John Hughes teen movies, which of course were all amazing. The Impossible Fortress is a perfect example of John Hughes movies.

The book is told from the perspective of Billy Marvin, and chronicles the spring and summer of his freshman year of high school, and the adventures he gets up to with his two best friends, Alf and Clark. The only thing the three of them want is the Playboy with Vanna White on the cover. So they come up with this idea to break into the convenience store to steal three copies. But there is an alarm system that they need the code to. So Billy volunteers to get the code from the owner’s daughter, Mary. The other thing Billy wants besides the magazine, is to make video games, and he thinks Mary can help work on one to get it noticed by one of the biggest video game developers in the country.

This book is very 80s nostalgic, similar to Ready Player One. It’s also a great coming of age novel and perfect for anyone who identifies as a misfit or someone who doesn’t fit in. The character are all well written and each chapter starts off with a bit of computer code for the videogame Billy wants to finish. There were some great scenes in this book that are very reminiscent of The Breakfast Club and other John Hughes movies. Overall, a great read. I highly recommend.

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