Erebos

Erebos

It's A Game : It Watches You

eBook - 2012
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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.
Publisher: Toronto : Annick Press, ©2012.
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Pattinson, Judith

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This book had me up all night! My new favorite! I recommend this for all ages because it is so different from all other books.

LibJackster Sep 16, 2013

One of the best books I have read this year. It captures the experience of playing an MMORPG and asks: Just how completely can a game take over your life?

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Iowakid
May 28, 2013

I loved this book. I felt that I couldn't put it down, even though I had to go to work, and anxiously awaited the next time I could read it. I highly recommend this book to any teen, especially those who like computer games. I really liked this author and hope she writes more books. If you like you will run into some of that here...

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Katjira
Mar 12, 2013

Fabulous story - especially for anyone who has enjoyed playing video games. Its plot pulled me through the story - I wanted, no needed, to know more about the game and what was happening in it. Highly recommended.

nanajoe Jul 10, 2012

This book dives into the mind of a teenager and shows how quickly they can become obsessed with an online game. The game, Erebos, is unique and only the invited can play. Soon many of Nick's classmates are playing but no one is talking. Once Nick gets invited he too becomes so obsessed he skips classes, homework, and starts lying to parents and friends. But when the game askes Nick to do something so horrifically wrong he starts to recognize how evil the game really is. This book will be a sure winner to anyone who can relate to the addictiveness of online games.

djoyce Feb 04, 2012

[This review is based on an Advanced Reader Copy that I obtained at a recent librarian conference.]

I don't normally read YA novels, but I'm trying to get more into them as I'm studying Children & Youth librarianship, so needless to say that as a guy in my early 30s, this book isn't my typical pleasure-reading material. That said, I couldn't put Erebos down. It was different, fun, suspenseful, well-written, and exciting.

I'm not a hardcore gamer, but anyone who has played their share of adventure or role-playing games is familiar with the feeling of being so immersed in a game that they start to feel like they are in the game themselves; you really start to identify with your character and feel the frustrations of trying to go up a level or solve a puzzle, even holding your breath when your character is trying to get through a difficult task. You may even have a few bizarre dreams based on games that you've played. Well, this is what Nick, the main character, begins to feel as he enters the virtual world of Erebos. Erebos is a very mysterious and secretive game that blurs the line between game and reality for Nick and his friends/schoolmates in London, England. What is Erebos, why does the mysterious yellow-eyed messenger send players on strange errands in real life, and how does it know so much about them?

This book will really appeal to teen boys, especially those into gaming. It's a great book to encourage teen and pre-teen boys to read. It may look a little thick but there is plenty of dialogue and action, so it flows rather quickly. The sections that take place in the game are full of action and adventure too, and really evoke that sense of getting caught up in a game. The language is fairly simple, with enough new words and topics to encourage and challenge readers. There is a bit of profanity, but I don't believe it's excessive or superfluous. At one point, it just refers to profanity (i.e. "She cursed in an unladylike manner"). It isn't overtly sexual and it isn't terribly or gratuitously violent, and yet I think it still has enough action and edge to appeal to teen boys (and some teen girls, of course).

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Nov 16, 2014

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LibJackster thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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