***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 if you have. So part of my still wonders how exactly Nick even managed to keep going with the game. I would have been way too scared. The word that Poznanski built in Erebos was incredible and I felt like I was there. The fights against murderous sheep and the arena battles were sickeningly realistic and Sarius ultimately became a character in his own right in the book. Whenever his life bar was dwindling…well, I was certainly holding my breath. The characters created by Poznanski (both in the game and out of it) were all interesting and had their own personalities. They didn’t feel too ‘cookie cutter’ and I was surprised by who was behind each of the characters when we found out at the ‘big reveal’ at the end. I did enjoy the part of the book where the whole mystery of the game was being solved, but I must admit it did feel just a tad too convenient and some more serious repercussions would have been good to see. The same goes for Nick’s there-one-minute-and-gone-the-next parents. Overall, this was an extremely compelling read and seemed at times to almost be two separate books; one inside and one outside of Erebos. It was quite unlike any other book I have read and I am looking forward to more of Poznanski’s work.