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Erebos by Ursula Poznanski
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Apr 16, 2012

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bookshelves: 2012, age-ya
Read from April 05 to 16, 2012

I read this via Netgalley.

Nick's been noticing how some of the other students at his school are acting strangely. He isn't sure why, until Brynne gives him a disc and tells him the rules: Play alone. Play in secret. Nick readily enters the world of Erebos, a video game unlike any he's ever played. The game seems to think for itself, and gives him tasks in the real world that give him levels in the game. Soon he's obsessed. Now the game wants him to help eliminate its enemies. How far is Nick willing to go for the game? And what does the game really want?

While some of the dialogue sounds a bit old-fashioned, the tension between the game and real life is probably familiar to most modern gamers. It was interesting to see how his real-life relationships suffer as he becomes more obsessed and begins applying the game to real life. The references to the Greek myth was an interesting red herring that made me suspect some kind of paranormal mystery, but the real mystery was just as interesting. The dangers of the game's quests were real but nothing overly extreme, and it was fascinating to see how the game operated on making all the players work together toward one goal.
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Katy Nothing overly extreme? Murder isn't overly extreme? I remember some pretty extreme stuff...

Kate attempted murder... I guess I read too many horror novels... And if no one actually dies...

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