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.
PUBLICATION MARCH 2012
Winner of the 2011 German Youth Literature Prize - Youth Jury award, voted by teenage readers.
Ursula Poznanski lives in Vienna. In 2006 she was awarded the Children's and Juvenile's Book Prize of Vienna. Ursula has been thinking up stories for a long time, although at first she wrote poems and stories that were as short as possible. She moved on to writing early readers, children's crime, teen romance and a fantasy manuscript, before her first thriller, Erebos. A runaway international success, Erebos has been translated into over 20 languages. Judith Pattinson lives in Melbourne. At an early age her reading transported her to the other side of the world - to chalets, hay-filled attics and school hikes through the Swiss Alps full of friendly strangers who greeted her with 'Gruss Gott!' or 'Bonjour'. She studied European languages in Australia and on the shores of Lake Constance in Germany. Translating German fiction is her idea of heaven. Judith has worked as a translator, production editor, web designer and bookseller.