Erebos

Title: Erebos
Author: Ursula Poznanski
Publisher: Loewe
Publication Date: January 19, 2012
Pages: 486
Genre: Cyber fiction, contemporary
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 5/5

When a mysterious DVD starts making the rounds at Nick Dunmore’s London school, he is immediately intrigued, especially when the DVD’s recipients begin acting unusually secretive. Eventually, Nick receives a copy of the DVD and discovers that on it is a most unusual game. It knows your name, has very strict rules that it seems to know when you break, and it can talk to you, giving real, thoughtful answers to your questions. Nick becomes addicted almost instantaneously, and at first is unable to see the game’s dark side. But soon, the game world and reality begin to blur, and Nick is caught in a web of darkness…

Just like the game that is its namesake, “Erebos” sucks you in and doesn’t let go, even after the very last word. This young adult cyber-thriller laced with Greek mythology really put Ursula Poznanski on the literary map for me in a big way, and I think others will feel the same after reading this fantastic story. The heart pounding action, both in and out of the game world, will have readers on the eadge of their seats, staying up all night, and skipping school just as the characters in the book do in order to keep playing the enthralling game. “Erebos” is an intricately imagined story with an exquisetly described fantasy world and a suspenseful, nail-biting reality. Fans of Cory Doctrow and technology buffs everywhere will be particularly enamored with this story, but the book is so excellent that it will appeal to a wider audience as well. What a good book. But make sure you read it alone…Erebos is watching.

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