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  • Don't Read the Comments #ARC review

    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.


    I'm not a great knowledgeable of the gaming universe, but as I liked this synopsis so much I decided to read the book and I didn't regret it. With a light writing, the author made me dive into the plot and feel like a player with all the tensions of each move and its interactions.

    Divya loves to play but is a little tired of sexist troll attacks. With her friend Rebekah, she struggles to stay active and with sponsors but it is not so easy. After attacks happen in both the game and in real life, she fears for her safety and the safety of her mother.

    Aaron loves creating scripts for games and is a little concerned about the pressure his mother puts on him to focus his efforts on studying medicine. Now he and his friend Ryan are working for a company in this business and he is very satisfied with what they are producing even though he does not see much enthusiasm in their boss. He takes great care of his younger sister, Mira, and whenever he can he lets her play with him and it is in one of those moments that he meets the famous player D1V.

    The virtual friendship between Divya and Aaron gradually grows and little by little they find themselves involved with each other but Divya is afraid to meet with him personally and be disappointed. Aaron will need to be very patient and show his strength if he wants to win this girl.

    The story surprised me and swallowed me up quickly and what I found most interesting was the fact that the writer created a character with protection syndrome who is Aaron and put a character who really knows how to fight for herself who is Mira. At a crucial moment in history, Eric Smith shows the reactions of these characters in a way that differs greatly from what we see in many books and I loved it so much.

    A story about family values, about prejudice in the virtual world and its dangers and about the strength of great virtual and face-to-face friendships.

    I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely.

    5/5 stars


    Não sou grande conhecedora do universo dos games,mas como gostei demais desta sinopse resolvi ler o livro e não me arrependi. Com uma escrita leve , o escritor me fez mergulhar na trama e me sentir uma jogadora com todas as tensões de cada jogada e suas interações..

    Divya ama jogar mas está um pouco cansada dos ataques de trolls sexistas. Juntamente com sua amiga Rebekah, ela luta para se manter ativa e com patrocinadores mas não está fácil. Depois que  ataques acontecem tanto no jogo como na vida real, ela teme por sua segurança e da mãe.

    Aaron ama criar roteiros para jogos e está um pouco preocupado com a pressão que a mãe faz para que ele concentre seus esforços para estudar medicina. Agora ele e o amigo Ryan estão trabalhando para uma empresa neste ramo e ele está muito satisfeito com o que está produzindo mesmo não vendo muito entusiasmo no chefe.  Ele cuida com muito carinho de sua irmã menor, Mira e sempre que pode a deixa jogar com ele e é num desses momentos que ele conhece a famosa jogadora D1V.

    A amizade virtual entre eles cresce gradativamente e aos poucos eles se vêem envolvidos um com o outro mas Divya tem receio de encontrar com ele pessoalmente e se decepcionar. Aaron vai precisar ter muita paciência e mostrar toda sua força se quiser conquistar esta garota.

    A história me surpreendeu e me engoliu rapidamente e o que achei mais interessante foi o fato do escritor criar um personagem com síndrome de proteção que é Aaron e colocar uma personagem que relamente sabe lutar por si. Num momento crucial da história, Eric Smith mostra as reações destes personagens de uma forma que foge bastante do que a gente vê em muitos livros e eu amei demais isso. 

    Um história sobre os valores familiares, sobre o preconceito no mundo virtual e seus perigos e sobre a força de grandes amizades virtuais e presenciais.

    5/5 estrelas

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