EleMental reviews

The future. It’s all about friendship, love and playing dangerous video games.


Elemental: A First-person Shooter was launched at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival by the Australian of the Year, 2010. Winner of the Young Adult Fiction for manuscript development at Varuna Writers’ House (Australia’s only national writers’ center).

Reviews for EleMental: A First-person Shooter

BookList review:
‘… the author does an excellent job of creating Virtualitee, and by the end readers might feel as if they have had a lucky escape from its clutches, too.’ BookList, May 2012.

Bookseller+Publisher review: ‘… a fantastic and exciting debut novel by Steven O’Connor … entertaining mix of futuristic sci-fi, horror, action and angst … this reads like Philip K Dick for teenagers. With the narrative sneakily shifting between the real and virtual worlds, O’Connor explores some fairly complex and sophisticated issues in a thrilling and accessible way.’ Bookseller+Publisher, June 2010.

The story

Set in 2050 – three teenagers encounter a deadly new v’game (virtual reality game) called ‘EleMental’. The v’game was originally designed to control rebellious asteroid miners.
The EleMental v’game is highly addictive and can mash reality and virtual reality: One moment, you could be sitting at your desk, the next, you’re battling something half-dinosaur, half-tank.
You can check out how to buy EleMental here: Amazon ¦ Amazon UK ¦ Amazon Canada