Ages 12 and up / Young Adult Fantasy / Annick Press
Win a set of Erebos by Ursula Poznanski for your book club. Enter to win by emailing the publisher (please write "KidsBookclubbing" in the subject line).
When I started working on Erebos I knew I wanted to write a book about world-changing. You open a door, step through a portal, and a whole new world opens up to you. It's a story about the real world and a virtual one and what happens if the two start merging.
I didn't anticipate that Erebos would change my own world the way it did and that my reality would be turned upside down in such a delightful way.
Erebos is the book that made me a full time author -- and now it's even made it to Canada and the United States.
I hope that the book will take you on a thrilling journey into the world of Erebos and back. Beware of scorpions. Don't pet the sheep. And watch out for the messenger with the yellow eyes.
"... (a) stunning thriller ... a prescient page-turner and a provocative, believable portrayal of the seductive world of virtual gaming."
- Publishersweekly.com, starred review
"... the scary climax, a romantic subplot and plenty of thoroughly credible gaming add proper spark to a pageturner with amps aplenty."
"... 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."
1. Nick and many of his classmates quickly become addicted to Erebos. Describe what factors made the game so addictive.
2. Nick is not always a likeable character. Describe his good and bad qualities, using examples from the book.
3. The game demanded a strict separation of the game world and the real world, yet had its players carry out tasks in both. Why do you think the players upheld the game's rules even outside of the game?
4. Nick makes a list to try to guess which characters his classmates are playing, but he can't even discover who his best friend, Colin, is in the game. How does the social hierarchy in the game differ from the social hierarchy at school?
5. Which scene in the book did you find the most memorable? Why?
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