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It’s a game. It watches you.

by Ursula Poznanski
translated by Judith Pattinson

Children’s Literature Prize (Jugendliteraturpreis) YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults list nomination Georgia Peach Award nomination

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. 


“[A] stunning thriller . . . a prescient page-turner and a provocative, believable portrayal of the seductive world of virtual gaming.”
—, *starred review

Eerbos is a literary marvel.”
—Professionally Speaking, 09/12

“The scary climax, a romantic subplot, and plenty of thoroughly credible gaming add proper spark to a page turner with amps aplenty.”
—Kirkus, 02/12

“Poznanski’s thriller effectively plays off the difficulty of balancing online and real-life personae, and the all-too-possible idea that gamers are being secretly shaped into an unwitting army is indeed a scary one.”
—Booklist, 03/12

“From its opening notes of eerie virtual landscapes, to its mesmerizing conclusions, Eerbos is a nuanced thriller that weaves effortlessly between reality and virtual space, bringing its protagonists closer to the brink of destruction—or salvation—with every turn of the page.”
—CM Reviews, 02/12

“A page-turner of a book.”
—Geist, 06/12

“If you like creepy thrillers that fling you from page to page until you can’t put the book down, Eerbos should go on your To Be Read list.”
—, 02/24/12n

“I didn't even think about putting it down until I was finished.”
—Bookshelves of Doom, 04/03/12

“The pace of the book is fast, and the tension is high . . . it kept me wanting to know more.”
—Keen Readers, 05/02/12

“A solid purchase where gaming is popular—in other words, most libraries.”
—School Library Journal, 07/12

“The depiction of gaming raises a host of provocative questions about its prevalence in popular culture, and the book will likely appeal to fans of Cory Doctorow.”
—Horn Book, 06/12

“Will appeal not only to gamers, but to any fan of suspense and adventure . . . an excellent addition to any collection serving teens.”
—VOYA, 06/12

“The book is so intense that this reviewer lost sleep trying to get to the end.”
—SF Signal, 05/06/12

“An exciting thriller that will leave you . . . enthralled.”
—Open Book Toronto, 07/05/12

“The book depicted the story in explicit detail but still left room for your imagination.”
—, 07/12

“I became as addicted to the book as the characters are to the game!”
—Resource Links, 04/12

“Fast-paced, exciting and well-written.”
—Good Reads, 07/26/12

“If you want a book that is exciting, thrilling, and just a little bit creepy, this is it. But be warned: enter at your own risk. You won’t be able to put this book down!”
—St. Catherine’s Books, 07/17/12

“Suspense, subtlety, and shivers—an unbeatable combination, but not for the reasons you suspect. This is mad scientist stuff with a soupçon of ethics thrown in, and it's fun.”
—Finding Wonderland, 11/16/12

“A tightly-plotted, suspenseful novel that draws the reader into its world.”
—Baltimore’s Child, 10/01/12

“Terrifying and definitely not for the faint of heart.”
—Fighting Dreamer, 08/16/12

“Utterly convincing and suspenseful thriller.”
—With a View to the Future, 08/22/15

“Gripping and believable.”
—Beauty is a Sleeping Cat, 11/20/15

“Highly imaginative, original and psychologically authentic . . . Paced to perfection.”
—Lizzy’s Literary Life, 11/20/15