Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith is a Young Adult fiction. It hit the shelves on 20th January 2020. The book has been published by Inkyard Press.
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.
SO PINK AND CYAN!
My Australian editions of Don’t Read the Comments popped up! pic.twitter.com/zDSsnNU1yu
— Eric Smith (@ericsmithrocks) March 13, 2020
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 begins 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.
About the author
Eric Smith is an author and literary agent from Elizabeth, New Jersey. His Young Adult books include the Inked duology, the anthology Welcome Home, The Girl & the Grove, and Don’t Read the Comments. His first non-fiction book, The Geek’s Guide to Dating, was published with Quirk Books in December 2013. It was an IndieBound bestseller and has sold into eight languages. When he isn’t busy working on his own books, he works representing YA, sci-fi, fantasy, and quirky non-fiction with P.S. Literary.