The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone

dahliaThis was quirky and fun in a geeky kind of way. It is actually quite witty here and there.

I think to really appreciate this story you have to able to understand the world of online gaming, and more specifically the online world of the massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs).

The contributors are like a big family all unto themselves. They share a common denominator, the virtual worlds and characters they inhabit.

The online funeral is one of my favourite moments. The way everyone takes it so seriously, as if they were actually really the online characters. That’s how much they invest in their virtual online games. Of course I’m pretty sure a RL funeral wouldn’t have vicious battle pirates or spider demons on display either.

It isn’t even as bizarre as it sounds, as I found out myself a few months ago, when my youngest told me he and his friends had planned and held a funeral in a game for an online friend. Their own special way of saying goodbye.

It’s a fun murder mystery that is definitely YA. Expect to be charmed by the geek factor, the odd characters and the sheer eccentricity of the story. By the way Charice is far too criminally inclined, just saying.

Buy The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss at Amazon UK or go to Goodreads for any other retailer.

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