- Arc Fatigue: While appreciated for the Character Development given to Alex and Cain, Dead Money has received this reception to some reviewers, as it has put the main plot on halt and lasted for well over ten chapters. Previous 'quests' took one or two at most.
- Author's Saving Throw: The original version of Chapter 27 was met with negative reviews, as people found both Cain and Alexs behavior (the former being too antagonistic, the latter being too passive) out of character. The author went back and edited it, as well as moving up a planned future scene where Alex confronts her about spilling the fact hes not human to Veronica.
- Better Than Canon: Alexs characterization is one of the most praised parts of the fic; many readers find him continuing down his path of atonement, maintaining a loving relationship with his sister, and then being thrown 200 years into the future for more adventures and Character Development to be a vastly preferable fate for him than [PROTOTYPE 2].
- Broken Base: Alexs weakness to radiation has been met with divided reactions, with camp one believing that he should be able to adapt and build up resistance to it, and camp two believing that something existing for him to fear adds depth and heaviness to an otherwise nigh-unkillable One-Man Army.
- Fan-Preferred Couple:
- While romance is pretty much non-existent in the fic, Alex/Cain has quite a few fans, thanks to their excellent dynamic.
- Several readers have also expressed the hope that the author will take things in a different direction after "Dead Money" concludes and allow Veronica and Christine to get back together.
- Growing the Beard: Self-admitted. Word of God is that the story started out as a fun side project, and that the early chapters were spontaneous. After the first ten or so, she got an idea of where she wanted to go with the story, and then the plot and drama really began to roll.
- Idiot Ball:
- After Cain finally corners Benny, he asks her if they can talk in his suite. Agreeing to that is harmless enough, but the real moment comes when Benny tells her to go on ahead, hell be up in a few minutes. And Cain takes him at his word. When his inevitable betrayal comes, she can only kick herself for it.
- Alex trying to eat a Ghost Person, when it bleeds green blood and by now hes learned that color signifies he should stay away. Sure enough, the first bite makes him violently, painfully, lose half his biomass. Like Cain above, he berates himself afterwards.
- Jerkass Woobie: Alex, immensely. Hes antisocial, rude, violent, terrifying, and lacks conventional human morals. And yet, he also struggles with trying not to be a monster, feels lost in an unfamiliar world with the only person who loved him dead, and is tired of being rejected. Oh, and all his quiet time is filled with the perfectly-recalled memories of his victims' dying screams. No wonder the guy has issues.
- Moral Event Horizon:
- The Woobie: Cain during Dead Money. She goes from being on the brink of ruling the Mojave, to being kidnapped, robbed, and having an explosive collar slapped around her neck. She then spends several horrifying hours having to deal with everything, ranging from the air to monsters to radios, trying to kill her. She has an insane megalomaniac monitoring her and holding the detonator. And to top it off, she doesnt believe anyone will miss her if she dies, nor that anyone will try and find her.
YMMV / A Dead World