Christian Heidicker

Publisher: Simon & Schuester | Release date: June 14, 2016 | ISBN: 978-1481450294

Sixteen-year-old Jaxon is being committed to video game rehab . . .

ten minutes after he met a girl. A living, breathing girl named
Serena, who not only laughed at his jokes but actually kinda sorta
seemed excited when she agreed to go out with him.

Jaxon's first date. Ever.

In rehab, he can't blast his way through galaxies to reach her. He
can't slash through armies to kiss her sweet lips. Instead, he has
just four days to earn one million points by learning real-life
skills. And he'll do whatever it takes—lie, cheat, steal, even learn
how to cross-stitch—in order to make it to his date.

If all else fails, Jaxon will have to bare his soul to the other teens
in treatment, confront his mother's absence, and maybe admit that it's
more than video games that stand in the way of a real connection.

Prepare to be cured.


"I know actual teen readers who need this novel in their lives. CURE FOR THE COMMON UNIVERSE is more than just a great story, a fantastic, relatable protagonist, or laugh-out-loud gamer humor; it’s also a life-affirming look at what makes our lives truly epic, both inside and outside the gaming world." -Courtney Alameda, author of Shutter


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Christian McKay Heidicker has accomplished a handful of things outside of video games. He published a short story called “There Are No Marshmallows in Camelot” on Cast of Wonders and co-created a website called the Foxing Bureau. He’s never met a cute girl at a car wash, but he does live with the love of his life in Salt Lake City, Utah . . . and he often wonders how in the hell he did it. Cure for the Common Universe is his first novel. Learn more at

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