Eliza Bright was living the dream as an elite video game coder at Fancy Dog Games when her private life suddenly became public. But is Eliza Bright a brilliant, self-taught coder bravely calling out the toxic masculinity and chauvinism that pervades her workplace and industry? Or, is Eliza Bright a woman who needs to be destroyed to protect “the sanctity of gaming culture”? It depends on who you ask…
When Eliza reports an incident of workplace harassment that is quickly dismissed, she’s forced to take her frustrations to a journalist who blasts her story across the Internet. She’s fired and doxed, and becomes a rallying figure for women across America. But she’s also enraged the beast that is male gamers on 4Chan and Reddit, whose collective, unreliable voice narrates our story. Soon Eliza is in the cross-hairs of the gaming community, threatened and stalked as they monitor her every move online and across New York City.
As the violent power of an angry male collective descends upon everyone in Eliza’s life, it becomes increasingly difficult to know who to trust, even when she’s eventually taken in and protected by an under-the-radar Collective known as the Sixsterhood. The violence moves from cyberspace to the real world, as a vicious male super-fan known only as The Ghost is determined to exact his revenge on behalf of men everywhere. We watch alongside the Sixsterhood and subreddit incels as this dramatic cat-and-mouse game plays out to reach its violent and inevitable conclusion.
This is an extraordinary, unputdownable novel that explores the dark recesses of the Internet and male rage, and the fragile line between the online world and real life. It’s a thrilling story of female resilience and survival, packed with a powerful feminist message.
My Review: Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Well, I wanted to love it and read it in a few weeks, but I couldn’t concentrate on the story. I think the book had some confusing parts, such as the parts where an event happened one way, but then maybe it really happened this way. I was like, what is going on? What truly do I believe?
The story in itself was a story that many women can relate in jobs that are primary male dominated. This story many of us can relate to and probably have had certain situations happened where your superiors want to hide the harassments under the rug saying your being too sensitive and just move on with your day.
I was truly frighten for Eliza. To have people stalking your every move via the web or while your out and about is truly scary. They even knew where she lived and her every move as eyes are everywhere. I feel terrible for dog. That was such a terrible act of animal cruelty.
This book included so many different issues. It included harassments in the workplace, virtual harassment, stalking, suicide and violence. All eyes were on Eliza when the most horrible thing happened to her, because she was a threat to all the men in the video game family. If her harassment claims would have been taken seriously, maybe what happened to Eliza could have been avoided. Overall, the book had a very good plot and a story that needed to be told at a time that is needed the most for female equality in the workforce.
A.E. Osworth is Part-Time Faculty at The New School, where they teach digital storytelling to undergraduates. They’ve spent eight years writing all over the internet, including a stint as Geekery Editor for Autostraddle. Their work has also been published in Quartz, Mashable, Electric Literature, Guernica and Paper Darts, among others.