Friday, January 24, 2020

Blog Tour: Don't Read The Comments by Eric Smith

Don't Read the Comments  
Eric Smith
On Sale Date: January 28, 2020
9781335016027, 1335016023
$18.99 USD, $23.99 CAD
Ages 13 And Up
368 pages

Slay meets Eliza and Her Monsters in Eric Smith’s Don't Read the Comments, an #ownvoices story in which two teen gamers find their virtual worlds—and blossoming romance—invaded by the real-world issues of trolling and doxing in the gaming community.
Divya Sharma is a queen. Or she is when she’s playing Reclaim the Sun, the year’s hottest online game. Divya—better known as popular streaming gamer D1V—regularly leads her #AngstArmada on quests through the game’s vast and gorgeous virtual universe. But for Divya, this is more than just a game. Out in the real world, she’s trading her rising-star status for sponsorships to help her struggling single mom pay the rent.

Gaming is basically Aaron Jericho’s entire life. Much to his mother’s frustration, Aaron has zero interest in becoming a doctor like her, and spends his free time writing games for a local developer. At least he can escape into Reclaim the Sun—and with a trillion worlds to explore, disappearing should be easy. But to his surprise, he somehow ends up on the same remote planet as celebrity gamer D1V.

At home, Divya and Aaron grapple with their problems alone, but in the game, they have each other to face infinite new worlds…and the growing legion of trolls populating them. Soon the virtual harassment seeps into reality when a group called the Vox Populi begin launching real-world doxxing campaigns, threatening Aaron’s dreams and Divya’s actual life. The online trolls think they can drive her out of the game, but everything and everyone Divya cares about is on the line…

And she isn’t going down without a fight.


My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Divya is the Master of the game Reclaim The Sun. It is the hottest online game of the year. She has sponsorships and makes money playing the game and has many followers.
Aaron loves play games and actually writes games for a local developer. Then he ends up on the same remote planet as Divya and they become friends. But the jealousy is out there and a group has taken Divya down and actually ruining her life.
I did not know that such nastiness goes on in the gaming world and after talking to others was told that yes it is a nasty in the community. But I also liked how the fans of Divya have her back.
The online trolls have even gone after Divya and her family and friends in real life at the point where the police have to get involved. I enjoyed reading about the game and how they play it and all the cool aspects of the game.
Thank you to Harper Collins for the ARC.

Author Bio:
Eric Smith is an author, prolific book blogger, and literary agent from New Jersey, currently living in Philadelphia. Smith cohosts Book Riot’s newest podcast, HEY YA, with non-fiction YA author Kelly Jensen. He can regularly be found writing for Book Riot’s blog, as well as Barnes & Noble’s Teen Reads blog, Paste Magazine, and Publishing Crawl. Smith also has a growing Twitter platform of over 40,000 followers (@ericsmithrocks).

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