Feb 26, 2013

"Erebos" by Ursula Poznanski (ARC)

Title: Erebos

Author: Ursula Poznanski
Publication date: January 19th, 2012
Publisher: Annick Press 

My rating: 4 of 5

(Book read from February 21-24, 2013, from a copy received for review from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange of an honest revew.)


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.

Ursula Poznanski is an award-winning children’s author. She lives in Vienna, Austria.


My Thoughts on the Book:

The moment I heard about this book, I knew I had to read it, it just sounded so good! And was it good? Yes! Erebos is quite a suspenseful mystery novel that will keep you on the edge of your sit.
I loved the author's idea about this book! Erebos is definitely not a game I'd like to play, not after seeing how deadly actually it is. The game as a game is quite interesting & brilliant, anyone would get hooked on it, and the game itself spins a web around its players, making them do whatever it tells them to, so it can achieve its goal. This is where the suspense comes. You won't believe it what the players are doing so they can continue playing the game, because they all become addicted to it, so think about how addicts would act when desperate for a fix, something similar. Of course, not everyone does whatever it takes.    
When Nick gets the game, instantly he gets hooked. He doesn't listen to his best friend about it, who notices how people change when they start to play the game, and gets wrapped up in the world of Erebos. But, when Erebos asks something that Nick can't make himself do, he gets thrown out of the game. After that Nick is desperate to get back in, but can't, and soon notices all those clues around him that he ignored before that pointed out how dangerous the game actually was. So, he and a few of his friends try to stop the players, while at the same time trying to keep low profile & not get killed in the process.   
The goal behind the Erebos game was quite unexpected, yet perfect. We get answers about everything about Erebos, and I loved the ending, it was great & it made me love this book even more. 
Erebos is really good YA novel with good storyline, amazing level of suspense, great mystery, a little eerieness & lovable characters, and I recommend it a lot!



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