Book Review: Election 2012 Meets Gossip Girl in Cool New Interactive E-book Series
I just started as Director of Marketing at Coliloquy.com, a Silicon Valley publishing house that specializes in interactive and serial story-telling. As an author myself (I recently self-published "The Giant Book of 'How-To' Books for the New Dad"), I was blown away by what this small company of five is doing to transform digital publishing: disappearing texts, choose-your-own-adventure scenarios and customized erotica (!).
Georgetown Academy was the first of Coliloquy's books I took up. Georgetown Academy takes readers inside Washington D.C.’s most elite prep school, where the daughters and sons of politicians practice their own brand of mud-slinging, sex scandals and power plays, and where the only rule is: whatever you do, don't get caught.
This is not your everyday YA. It's an intriguing plot written with a tremendous amount of sass and smarts. Hollywood kids have it easy compared to the children of highly placed politicians leading one of the world's most powerful countries, when one hormone-driven action can set off a national disaster. Can you imagine being a teenage girl and dealing with the everyday stresses of boys and acne with your parents' enemies enemies tracking your every move, waiting for you to screw up?
Come for the story, stay for the technology: Using the Coliloquy publishing platform, the authors Alyssa Embree Schwartz and Jessica Koosed Etting add an element of interactivity, letting readers choose which of the main girls to follow: Brinley Madison, who can chart her family tree back to the founding fathers, Evan Hartnett, an ambitious young journalist protecting her own secrets, Ellie Walker, whose love life is inextricably linked with her mother's political career, or Taryn Reyes, with her laid-back California vibe trying to find her place in DC’s immutable social hierarchy. Depending on their choices, readers will see different shades of scandalous behavior, unexpected liaisons, and secret betrayals.
Georgetown Academy is being published as an interactive mini-series, with four novellas coming out twice a year, launching November 1, 2012. I would highly recommend it even if you don't care much for politics (I don't).