It takes a lot of skill to write about dark material with levity, but McElroy truly hits the mark with their debut novel. A cleverly crafted satire that riffs on our Internet-molded culture, The Atmospherians puts toxic masculinity and the attention economy on blast. Against an absurd background of man hordes and wellness taken to its hypercapitalist extremes, our heroes (or is it anti-heroes?) attempt to reckon with their own failures by starting a cult bent on transforming horrible men. The result is just as uncanny as its premise, and McElroy doesn't hold back as they take you on this unsettling and thought-provoking roller-coaster ride.
The Atmospherians, by Alex McElroy