Books based on video games have been around for years – but books based on casual, mobile releases might just be the Next Big Thing. Kicking off this new movement is the novelisation of Surviving High School, the EA Mobile title which sees you – well – surviving high school.
The book itself should avoid some of the perils of tie-in gaming, with the game’s original author M. Doty writing the story. Within the pages of the paperback, you’ll explore the world of Twin Branches High, in a story designed to expand and deepen the central characters of the game, plus shedding a little light on a major mystery.
Entering high school, Emily feels the pressure to follow in her big sister Sara’s Olympic-track footsteps with perfect grades, a rigorous training schedule, and record-breaking swim times. She survives by limiting her fun to lunch with her best friend Kimi and the rare Friday-night sleepover. But when Emily falls for Twin Branches’ mischievous heartthrob Ben Kale, and secrets about Sara start to surface, Emily begins to question the strict path her life has followed up until now. Maybe there is more to life than studying and swimming. But if she breaks a few rules, will she survive the consequences?
If you haven’t yet heard of Surviving High School, you’re missing out: It’s the longest running episodic game on mobile devices, with more than three hundred weekly episodes on record.
Designed to span the “grey area” between book, television show and game, Surviving High School promises a narrative experience like no other.
Gamers from around the world sign in each week on iPhone, iPad and Android to explore the world of Twin Branches High School just the way they want to. The interactive adventure lets fans play as a jock, a nerd, a popular kid or an outsider – and every choice you make will determine your fate.
Surviving High School the game is out now via the assorted App Stores, while the book is due for release in September 2012.