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4.13  ·  Rating details ·  14,078 ratings  ·  1,508 reviews
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.

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Hardcover, 440 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Annick Press (first published 2010)
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Henning Blue Of course that depends on the maturity of the child; but ages 13-14 could be recommended. Determining factors in for that are the involvement and ment…moreOf course that depends on the maturity of the child; but ages 13-14 could be recommended. Determining factors in for that are the involvement and mention of violence as well as the building suspense. In general the actual writing and content is well-suited for a younger audience. (less)

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Ashley Marie
12Feb16 update: Ha! The copy I ordered from Thriftbooks (because I NEEDED it) turns out to be an ARC. Not sure whether to be tickled about this or not.


Hidden Gem buddy read with YA & Beyond

4.5 stars, rounded up because I'm on such a book high right now that it's ridiculous.

I wasn't overly keen on this in the beginning; the writing came off as stilted, I assume from translation, and things aren't always consistent -- it's set in London and yet the characters say things like "sixth grade
Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

I was a bit wary of reading Erebos at first because I thought it sounded a lot like Ready Player One and while I really enjoyed that book, there’s only so many things you can do with a book about video games, right?
Woah, did you hear that?
It was the sound of a million video game players hissing at me all across the globe.

I’m not even going to pretend that I know the gamer gabble (yeah, that’s not a real thing… I made that up) because I really don’t. I like watching when people play t
Mar 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Catie by: Janina
2 1/2 stars

“A game you can’t buy. A game that talks to you. A game that watches you, that rewards you, threatens you, gives you tasks.

'Sometimes I think it’s alive…’”

To anyone who’s ever been a MMPORG addict/widow(er) I think this book will be particularly frightening. And to everyone else, who’s sitting there right now, saying…really? Could a game really consume your life like that? I invite you to visit this website, where level 85 World of Warcraft characters are frequently sold for upwards o
amy ☂︎
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
When you take a look at the genres I normally read, this book doesn’t necessarily fit in. I am not much of a gamer, and although I wouldn’t say that the world of computer games doesn’t interest me the slightest, it’s not necessarily a topic that makes me squeal with excitement. Yet, this book has won the "Deutsche Jugendliteraturpreis" in the category that is decided on by young adults themselves, and after it blinked at me so many times at my local bookstore, I was tempted.

In the end, I am real
Brigid ✩
Nick took advantage of his friend's change of mood and asked one last question. "Has the game ever actually crashed on you?"

Now Colin laughed. "Crashed? No. But I know what you mean. ... Sometimes ... it just doesn't want to work. It waits. It tests you. Know what, Nick? Sometimes I think it's alive."

Erebos is a frightening sci-fi thriller about a highly-addicting game that knows too much. Teenagers start swapping pirated copies of the game around school, which is how it falls into the hands
Ms. Smartarse
Published in English as: Erebos.

Despite my promise not to read any more young-adult German books (too soon), I ended up giving Erebos a shot anyway. It turned out to be surprisingly addictive! I felt akin to the main character, all excited to discover the world of his computer game, ready to take on any dragon.

Nick is a 16-year-old high school student and one of the cool kids. On his way to becoming a doctor ( provided he survives his Chemistry classes), part of the basketball team and well-like
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it

4-1/2 stars.

I really enjoyed this! I'll try to write a proper review later, but I can see why this was a bestseller in Europe. The book is just as addictive as the title game -- fast-paced, exciting, slightly creepy, and very suspenseful as MC Nick tries to both win the game and figure out what it's connection to the real world is. Definitely recommended!
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m not really a gamer, unless The Sims counts, which I’m pretty sure it doesn’t. However, this book had me absolutely enthralled and if it weren’t for really annoying things like 3000 word assignments at university I would have finished it much, much sooner.

So, I found the whole premise of this book pretty disturbing. A malevolent computer game that controls your life, ‘reads’ your mind and watches you while you surf the internet. It knows when you’ve been disobedient…and you better watch out
Lydia Presley
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 par
Excellent novel aimed at older teens. The storyline was fun, and at times creepy, character development was realistic, world building was exceptional and moral of the story was well played out.

I have one major problem with this novel and that was the translation. The copy I read was an English translation and although Poznanski's writing is first-rate, the translation leaves a lot to be desired. The novel is set in London yet the Americanisation’s overwhelm the ‘Englishness’ of the setting and t
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes a good story
Recommended to Katy by: netGalley
My Thoughts: I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It was very engaging and I read through it during the course of a morning. The characters are quite realistic and the game was described in such detail that it almost made me want to play it, despite everything – especially despite the fact that I don’t like computer games! It definitely showed the dangers of addiction to video games, too, and how people can take such things way too seriously. I would recommend this to pretty much any ...more
Anthony Small
All I could think about while reading this book was the you-tube video of the German kid freaking out while playing World of Warcraft.

I was not entirely impressed. Maybe because I had higher expectations, but it was very disappointing.

The book basically switches back and forth from reality to the world of the game.

In the reality portions, it is a typical Young Adult novel where the main characters are not as intelligent as the reader and continually make stupid decisions that no one in real life
Essie-Marie W.
TL;DR: Read this book now. Please.

One of the best books I read this year. I didn't expect to love it so much, since I don't normally go for video game centred books.

It’s about a high school guy who starts getting curious when a mysterious CD is being secretly passed around at school. Ever since the CD started going around, people have been acting strange. When he finally gets passed a copy, he finds out it’s a computer game unlike any other. It’s like it’s alive and it’s watching you. It’s addic

Not quite as good as Ready Player One.

Better than Warcross, but less flashy.

Different from both.

This is going to be a bit difficult to review because so much of what I’d want to say and comment on would be spoilers. And this really is a book you want to enter into without knowing much, except what you’re told at the beginning.

Nick’s classmates are secretively passing around a CD person to person, and no one who has received one will tell others what it is. So of course those that haven’t
Sean Randall
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sean by: Parham Doustdar
A warning: do not continue reading if you are offended by strong language. This isn't a review, really. It's more a personal analysis...

I've been banging on at some length in previous reviews about atmosphere.I really got into the character's head when reading The Ghost at the end of August. I enjoyed the ambience of Forever at the end of July, the list goes on: William Knight's Generation is one example, Charles Cumming's A Spy by Nature more so. The thing about atmosphere is that it engages yo
Jacqueline Boss
Dec 15, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Really poorly written, or translated, or edited, or all three. Only finished it because I'm trying to leave fewer books unfinished this year. It was a good idea for a plot but badly executed. The main character, Nick, was short tempered and incredibly stupid a** and I hoped at many points that this would be a story in which he would come out on bottom or end up in jail. The game world, which was supposed to be so magnificent and unique that it was actually addictive, seemed like a really, really ...more
Actual rating: 4,5 stars

This book thrilled me! I couldn't stop reading and I felt as one of those Erebos' players. Which was something like an Erebosception, ha!

The premise is good, it's a fast paced read and the game/book is so damn addictive! Misterious and creepystastic at its best, it's totally grippy till the very end. I'm so glad I finally picked it up.
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: filip, borrowed
WOW, after reading Erebos I can truly say that Ursula Poznanski is really that good an author - and I'm a horrible speller of her name, it cost me three embarrassing tries to type it. When I grow up (properly) I hope I become as amazingly skilled as her and I'm super proud - as I'm usually not - that she's even from my country! Still in awe about that and equally wondering why the hell it took me so long AND a friend to discover her novels. A teenage book my ass, I've read "adult" books that wer ...more
The writing was smooth and engaging but I'm also a little disappointed with how the author formed the whole plot. In my opinion, Erebos lacked a few other aspects to the plot, it didn't have that American spectacle, that feeling of 'epicness' while reading, but rather that quiet streaming of series of the events & plot twists that, as far as I have experienced, the German/Austrian authors particularly have.
Which I'm quite okay with because the emphasis is on the flow and the quality of the s
Fun Read, but a bit disappointed because it is praised so much. I read and loved Saeculum and people said they liked Erebos even a bit better. My favorite is still Saeculum.

Erebos is about a video game, so it had my interest. It is difficult to create such a gripping video game without being unrealistic. I could not put these thoughts to the side like how unbelievable it must be to code such a game with the given resources.

When starting this book, I was already "shocked" about the chopped off w
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
In Soviet Russia, game plays you. Okay, so this novel is set in Britain, not the Soviet Union, but I couldn't resist the joke. Because this game really does play you. For those of you who are frustrated by a friend or loved one who neglects you for video games, be grateful that they don't have this one. This is one computer parents really should be afraid of their kids playing.

It's funny reading this book, because I know that I would probably have accepted the disk (assuming someone tried to giv
Marie the Librarian
Well this was a very slow start, but as the Game progressed I got more and more interested. The ending was good even though it felt a bit easy.. I liked Emily a lot, more than Nick.. But yes Im sure this will be a great read for gamers:)
Tabea Vanessa
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this A LOT!
Apparently I just really like game settings on books.
I recommend this if you liked Warcross or Ready Player One.
R.S. Carter
4.5 Stars.

Imagine being handed a blank CD case. Your friend tells you it's a game - but there are rules. You must always be alone when you play and you can never, ever tell anyone about the game. It's called Erebos.

The game is fantastic and all you want to do is level up and get better. It deprives you of your sleep and tricks you into spending all of your time in Erebos. That's pretty normal when a game is good. But this game, this one is different. It seems to know things about you, it seems t
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would recommend this book to all teenagers, gamers and especially lovers of RPG. Because the book is about a game called "EREB" which is so realistic that gamers who play it don't want to live their real lives but their virtual one. Hanging out with other avatars, finishing quests and preparing to fight against the main enemy "ORTOLAN"

Novel follows a group of high school kids that are starting their adventure and readers are aware that for them everything that is real is so much more less impo
Sep 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Erebos starts on an normal note: highschooler Nick is trudging his way through the school day, when he notices something odd - kids are passing around a mysterious DVD, but none of the recipients or deliverers are talking about what it is. Intrigued, Nick investigates, and eventually himself gets a copy of the amazing game that's been going around - Erebos, the most fantastic and new multiplayer online first-person game.

But Erebos is no ordinary game. Because as Nick and other players are drawn
Jan 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the English translation of this book although translation is the wrong word. Adaptation perhaps since it takes place in London England in this version.
Nick is invited to play a secretive game online that has been making the rounds in his school. No one is talking about it but it is fairly easy to see who has the game. They come into school exhausted or skip altogether and this silence just makes the game more enticing. As Nick gets caught up in the adventures, they affect his life in odd
Kelly Truelove
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoyes fantasy, gaming, urban fantasy, or an engaging story
Shelves: favorites, lit-rpg
"Stay a While, and Listen"

I was super impressed by this book. I thought I had found a treasure when I was reading the Feyland trilogy, but this was even better. I haven't had much luck finding books about gaming or virtual reality scenarios that don't follow a real-life game, like Diablo or World of Warcraft. I wonder if I'm looking in the wrong places or if this type of book is really that rare of a commodity.

Erebos was filled with references to gaming, literary fancy and mythology. This was o
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When my boyfriend told me to read it, because he when got this book he it was so good that he read it in a few days, my hopes were high. VERY high. Because he's not that interested in books, the only ones he read in passion were the Harry Potter books. But this book has totally measured up to my expectations. It wasn't a book, it was an adventure. It's easily written but still very good, so that it's fun to read it. I liked the characters and had a detailed picture of every single one of them in ...more
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Born on 30 October 1968 in Vienna, Ursula Poznanski (a.k.a. Ursula P. Archer), after finishing high school, she began studying Japanese studies, journalism, law and theater.

She has worked as a medical journalist since 1996.

She has been a published book author since 2003.

She lives with her family in the south of Vienna.
Geboren am 30. Oktober 1968 in Wien. Nach

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