Game On by Seressia Glass

Game On: Brilliant consultant/gamer instantly clicks with also-brilliant but often clueless tech CEO.

In Game On, professional consultant Samara moonlights as a high-profile gaming influencer. When she calls out Artemis games online for obvious racism and sexism in a popular game, she gets the internet’s—and CEO Aron’s—attention. In a good way. He’s your classic guy that wants to do better with diversity and inclusion but needs to be hit over the head with how it affects more marginalized groups.

Aron seeks Samara out at a gaming convention and eventually offers her a job to improve the diversity in Artemis’ games and help get Artemis certified as inclusive of autistic and other neurodivergent gamers. It’s near and dear to his heart because his brother, Benji, is a nonverbal autistic gamer.

So they start working together and sparks fly, but they’re able to keep things professional for a while. Aron’s a methodical thinker and Samara’s gun-shy about getting involved with him. It’s a romance, so you know they get together and you’ll see how it goes.

I liked Game On much more than I thought I would. I’m not a gamer and don’t know much about video games, and while the book is about a gaming business, it’s really much more broadly about online communities, internet backlash, and media coverage that could apply to any high-profile industry.

LOVED Samara—she’s smart, confident, unapologetic, brave, loving, cares deeply for her family and friends, and is always true to herself. I liked Aron a lot too—he’s also caring, honest, bright, and interesting. His forthright nature is a huge winner; no game-playing.

Something that struck me as odd in Game On was how the author handled the autism. Aron obviously knows a lot about autism because of his autistic brother and wants more inclusion in his games for his brother’s sake, but he also displays some of the signs of being on the autism spectrum (avoids touching others, aversion to certain kinds of social situations, needs more than the usual amount of social support, doesn’t understand some emotions and interactions). It seems like this should have come up but never did.

The third-act breakup seemed really inconsistent with the character and relationship development throughout the book. I’m not going any further with spoilers, but we can vent together if you felt the same way and want to discuss!

Still, Game On is a strong book with interesting and resilient characters, a (mostly) honest, adult relationship, and realistic but fun themes.

P.S. Audio version (Keylor Leigh) was great. Smooth voice, able to distinguish among the characters, nice inflection and tone.

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Rating: 4
Steam: Low to Medium
Themes and Tropes: Workplace/professionals, Online Behavior, Enemies(ish) to Lovers
Pair With: Georgia Wines