Aug 22, 2012

Book Review: Erebos

An intelligent computer game with a disturbing agenda.

When 16-year-old Nick receives a package containing the mysterious computer game Erebos, he wonders if it will explain the behavior of his classmates, who have been secretive lately. Players of the game must obey strict rules: always play alone, never talk about the game, and never tell anyone your nickname.

Curious, Nick joins the game and quickly becomes addicted. But Erebos knows a lot about the players and begins to manipulate their lives. When it sends Nick on a deadly assignment, he refuses and is banished from the game.

Now unable to play, Nick turns to a friend for help in finding out who controls the game. The two set off on a dangerous mission in which the border between reality and the virtual world begins to blur. This utterly convincing and suspenseful thriller originated in Germany, where it has become a runaway bestseller. 

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I am a bit too old to be part of the video game generation but I have played quite a few computer games in my time.  And I have heard all about how video or computer games are evil.  EREBOS is the first one that I have ran across that would actually qualify for that title.  

Ms. Poznanski has created a wonderful hero in Nick who is easy to like, and even worry about when he is caught in the grip of the game as it becomes like crack and he will do almost anything to be able to play.  The rest of the characters are also very well designed and keep the story moving right along.  

I can easily see why EREBOS became such a best seller in Germany.  Just thinking about the game is enough to send chills down my spine because I can see something like this game happening for real.  I almost want to hide to book away to keep evil masterminds from getting the idea.  Of course since they are evil masterminds they probably already have this in mind.

EREBOS is an incredible young adult book that will appeal to readers of all ages.  There is some violence but it not of the in your face variety.  My only warning is that this book will not allow you to set it aside.  I rate this book a 4.8 and highly recommend picking it up.  You will never look at a computer game the same way again.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.

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