Review: The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak

A contemporary coming-of-age that is filled with gaming jargon and screams “geek”? I’d reread the heck out of this!


You know how, in life, two series of unconnected events somehow become relevant to each other? I’d love Rekulak to explain to me how a plan to steal a magazine perfectly align with the protagonist meeting a fellow coder. The book narrated the storyline so well that just upon retrospection did I realize this.

This was a quick read for me- as all contemporaries are- and while it was very regular in setting with its boy meets girl concept, it stands out for its unique, realistic characters and for how it champions geeks- clueless, asocial and all.

One of the reasons I would recommend this to Ready Player One fans is because of how technical the book gets. While it isn’t set in a different world nor does it have elements of fantasy, The Impossible Fortress is the back end of what is RP1. It’s a story about video game developers. Moreover, being set in the 80s makes you wonder if this could be a glimpse into the Oasis (RP1 game) creator’s world.


This book totally made me want to learn coding. So much so that I’ve signed up for a couple of courses online.

Which contemporary book is on the top of your list? Any book made you pick up a new hobby?


2 thoughts on “Review: The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak

  1. Asti February 16, 2017 / 19:37

    I haven’t heard of this one, but I can always get behind the championing of geeks. I also love how it has inspired you to sign up for coding courses online! Hope you enjoy them 🙂

    Your graphics you add with your reviews are so cute, btw. I think it’s a good way to differentiate your reviews from others and give readers a quick and easy way to see your thoughts about a book.

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  2. Asiya April 2, 2017 / 16:17

    Yay! I’m really glad you liked the review. I was hoping the graphics would give the review a little more to it than a regular one. And make it more fun for me to write them too!


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