Ada and the Lost Horizon
Author Leila Sales has created a new choose-your-own-adventure game specifically designed for the lockdown: Ada and the Lost Horizon. It’s a scavenger hunt within the confines of your own home; a real-world Ready Player One experience; and a community-oriented coronavirus quarantine activity that takes you on an imaginary journey to another world -- while taking you on a physical journey away from your computer screen. While many IRL experiences like museums, theaters, and schools have moved their content online during this time, Leila saw a chance to create something we could all do together offline.
The premise: A young woman named Ada wakes to find herself alone. She was supposed to be here with her younger brother, Teddy. She was supposed to be watching out for him. But Teddy has disappeared in the night. Ada must find him, but her only clue is a ransom note. What the ransom note says, where it leads her, and if and how she ever manages to see her brother again… that's completely up to the player.
How to play:
1) Read each scene when it's released on Leila's Instagram and Twitter every other day at 4pm ET. The first scene came out today, April 9th.
2) Each scene is accompanied by instructions for a task that can be completed in the safety of your own house. You have 24 hours to complete the task
and share it to social media using the hashtag #AdaAndTheLostHorizon. One player’s completion of each task will be selected to determine the course of the rest of the story.
3) Enjoy other players’ completions, invite your friends to play, and find out where Ada’s journey takes her next!
Read a complete explanation of the game here.
About Leila Sales:
Leila Sales is the author of seven middle grade and young adult novels, including This Song Will Save Your Life, Once Was a Time, and the forthcoming The Campaign (Abrams, August 2020). She is also the editor of dozens of award-winning and bestselling books for readers of all ages. She’s based in Austin, Texas, and speaks about books and writing all over the country, and the world.