Hidden in the Shelves (28)

Hidden in the Shelves is a feature where I show off a discovery (or rediscovery) that I came across while shelving books for work.

Erebos by by Ursula Poznanski

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.

Summary from Goodreads. I’m not too into video games/computer games but this definitely sounds interesting. The idea of intelligent games isn’t a new one. It’s been popping up in movies, TV shows, and books for years now but I still find them creepy. We live in a world where technology improves daily. Who know how long it will take before we have computer games that play us? Stories that are just a bit outside the realm of reality are the scariest because they could happen someday.

Have you read this book? How was it?

3 thoughts on “Hidden in the Shelves (28)

  1. This was actually the first e-galley I ever read! I was a little unsure because I’m not super into video games, either, but I actually really enjoyed it, even if the main character took a while to grow on me. If you’re interested, my review is here if you’d like to read it. 🙂

  2. “Computer games that play us”… that’s an interesting idea! You’re right that any book/ movie based on this idea is creepy. They scare me too. But that’s exactly the fun in reading these books. Plus, they leave you wondering… I’m too impatient and active to enjoy playing computer games. They usually bore me. I would read this book, though.

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