Stories have been written for centuries, and many adopt the familiar chapter based format that progresses from page one to the conclusion. Arcadia by Iain Pears is a brand new novel that is presented in a brand new form that lets the reader choose how the story progresses. The story is made specifically for iOS devices, and brought to the platform courtesy of TouchPress, the makers of The Elements, The Elements in Action, The Pyramids, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Anatomy, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Disney Animation, and Molecules. Arcadia by Iain Pears presents a bit of choose your own ending style, with some elements of a screenplay that delivers a brand new way to read a story.
Arcadia by Iain Pears presents ten different characters spread across three worlds, and the reader can choose which character’s story to follow. You can start down the path of one character, and it will soon meet another character before diverging again. The app lets you choose to continue with one path, or follow the diversion to a different character. The main screen presents the pathways of the ten different characters, and it looks like a subway map with the colored lines weaving downwards. You can tap on any stop on the colored lines to bring up that passage, and at the end of certain passages, you can swipe to switch to another character when you reach a fork.
The story itself is a compelling narrative with a blend of the real world, fantasy world, and scientific world. It’s great to read as the fiction unfolds, and there are nice twists and surprises when you find out how some of the different stories overlap. The best part is that you get to choose how to move through the story, and it can be tough to decide to keep following one character further, or jump back to the beginning of another character. There are all new insights as you essentially read backstory of a character that you meet through the eyes of another. At times, it can be a bit overwhelming with all the choices, and the length of the overarching story, and yet it’s still fully rewarding with the way everything unfolds. The app is free for the first few passages of each character, and then it’s just $3.99 to unlock the entire experience.
Arcadia by Iain Pears (Free, Universal) delivers a brand new form to present a story that in itself is a thoroughly engaging narrative that is even more compelling with the way you uncover all that’s included making it an absolute must have.