Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith audiobook

Don’t Read the Comments

By Eric Smith
Read by Richa Shukla Moorjani  and Sunil Malhotra

Inkyard Press, Harlequin Audio 9781335016027
8.53 Hours Unabridged
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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.

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Summary

Summary

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Wonderfully geeky and deeply compassionate.” Marieke Nijkamp, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“As much a love letter to the world of gaming as it is a clear-eyed examination of its dark side, Don’t Read the Comments is bold, passionate, and necessary. Smith has created a wholly immersive world centered around a video game I’d dearly love to play, and gamers I’d dearly love to know.” Sarvenaz Tash, author of The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love
“Honest, heartfelt, and wonderfully imaginative. Eric Smith masterfully depicts the light and dark sides of gaming culture, showing the beauty and power of online friendships as well as the all-too-real risk of harassment, doxxing, and internet trolls. A timely novel that captivated my nerd-heart from the very first page!” Akemi Dawn Bowman, author of Starfish
“Smith’s characters are achingly sincere, and his smooth and witty dialogue’s a pleasure to read. He artfully immerses the reader in the world of gaming, building characters and settings that are fun and compelling to read.” Kirkus Reviews
“A heartwarming tale of finding your community and following your dreams.” Marieke Nijkamp, author of This Is Where It Ends
“A modern-to-the-minute adventure about rising above expectations of family, class, and social media, to find your true destiny and grab it by the controller.” Whitney Gardner, author of You’re Welcome, Universe
Don’t Read the Comments has so much heart: the kind that makes you fall in love, and the kind that makes your breath short. If you’re not already a gamer, you might be after this book. And if you need a little hope, Eric Smith delivers the sunshine.” Olivia A. Cole, author of A Conspiracy of Stars

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Author

Author Bio: Eric Smith

Author Bio: Eric Smith

Eric Smith is an author, prolific book blogger, and literary agent from New Jersey, currently living in Philadelphia. He cohosts Book Riot’s podcast, HEY YA, with non-fiction young-adult 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. He has a growing Twitter platform of over 40,000 followers.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 8.53
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English