For years, the United States has obsessively participated in a shopping ritual known as Black Friday. The day after Thanksgiving has become synonymous with bargain basement deals and bleary eyed families standing together in line at obscenely early hours. It has only been in the last few years that this “holiday” has gained an online counterpart, Cyber Monday, another day of ridiculously low prices — but only for online shoppers.
The emergence of a “holiday” devoted entirely to online shopping reflects just how technology-based our society has now become. And on this Cyber Monday (now that I’ve completed my own online bargain hunting), I thought it would be fun to take a peek at some books that have gone even one step further into the technological void. These are books that have taken their characters deep into cyberspace. Books set in worlds where virtual reality is the only reality…
Epic by Conor Kostick
In Erik’s world, your real life status is fully dependent upon your success in the government run-game Epic. Winners gain money, status, prestige. Losers may lose the farm, literally. So when Erik decides to buck the system and break the rules, he finds himself up against the very Committee that decides his family’s livelihood.
Erebos by Ursula Poznanski and Judith Pattinson
When Nick receives a secret video game, he quickly becomes addicted — until the day that Erebos asks him to complete a deadly assignment and he refuses. Nick, now kicked out of the game, begins to investigate its origins and soon finds that the lines between the game and reality are beginning to blur.