- Video Games and Reading are two of my addictive hobbies – combine the two? Yup, you got me interested.
Summary from GoodReads:
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.
Erebos is unreal. I mean, Ursula Poznanski must have played some MMORPGS (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games for those of you not in the know – think World of Warcraft) in her time because she has managed to capture, within Erebos, the addiction, the need to play, the drive to do anything to get that chance to play – and then turn that to make a thrilling, hold on-to-your-hats type of story that had me racing to the end.
Nick seems like your all around normal 16-year-old kid with parent issues. His mom and dad are pretty neglectful, as tends to be the case in books which require not a lot of supervision to work. However things start getting a little crazy when he notices strange things happening at school and he hasn’t been let in on the secret – but some other definitely not-cool types are in on it.
The real story begins when Nick is let in on the secret – and let me tell you, it’s a whopper. I could feel my old gaming addiction starting to stir as I read descriptions of what began and was frightened to see the lengths that he would go to in order to continue playing. Why was I frightened? Because I could relate to him more than I wanted to.
This is a must-read for anyone interested in gaming. It’s a “should-read” for parents who have kids dealing with MMO addictions – it’ll give you a little bit of insight into how this addiction works and what it does – that little feeling of accomplishment you get with each level up, that thrill when you get a new piece of armor. It’s not as innocent as it seems at first – trust me, I devoted 10 years of my life to it.
Pick this one up for a thrilling, informative, interesting ride.
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