Fiction Review: Max Wirestone’s “The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss”

As someone who grew up in St. Louis, to find a book based there, (that is not historical in nature,) was a cool and rare find to come upon. I enjoyed the author highlighting Ted Drews and the Loop, but felt there was more he could have done with the setting. Granted, St. Louis is a sprawling city, with a lot to take in, and as the main character has an intermittently working car, maybe it was for the best she didn’t venture out and about too far!

This book is HILARIOUS. I was laughing out loud so many times while reading, stopping my husband to share the latest one liner that had me rolling. As we both play MMOs, there were many points that were funny because they were so true.

On that point, I really enjoyed the author’s treatment of MMOs, the community within them, and just general nerdiness overall. It was a loving, but realistic look at the highs and lows within the community, with plenty for readers from within that world to identify with and chuckle at. Even if you don’t play MMOs, the overall world of fandoms was well represented, making this a great book to recommend to anyone who enjoys the genre.

MMO characters, or avatars, are all about the customization you put onto the outside – the scars, the hair, the gear and outfits, etc. They are usually brightly colored, and distinctive. The same description can be said for the characters in the book – diverse and distinctive. Not in the same way as the two-foot high pink hair of an avatar, but in the fleshing out of nuances, of well rounded characters that really stand out. This allows them to hold their own through a convoluted and fast-paced plot, which ultimately reaches a satisfying conclusion.

The friends I have told about this book can’t wait to get their own copy!

I received a review copy of this work from the publisher through NetGalley

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