The Tetris Effect

by Colin Carvalho Burgess

The Tetris Effect is a phenomenon where obsessive gaming can result in the player responding to challenges in the real-world just as they would in a game.

This is a fast-paced, contemporary fantasy adventure from a debut UK author, about change, loss, how we avoid responsibility and where we seek distraction, the life choices that we make and how these decisions impact others.

Readers who enjoy thought-provoking and dark fantasy from authors such as David Mitchell, Haruki Murakami, and Neil Gaiman would enjoy this novel.

Immortal gods, online gaming, and a reincarnating goldfish…this gamer’s life is about to level up.

A hacked-off online gamer, an ageing spiritual scientist, a psychotropic-addled anaesthetist, and a reclusive RPG developer are thrown together on an unusual quest.

When a regression experiment tears open a rift to the afterlife, two immortal guardians find themselves reincarnated as mortals, with no recollection of their ancient past. They become connected through an RPG called Atari Shock.

The clock is ticking to find the lost immortals and take back the afterlife, but a mysterious future tech company has a powerful ally and intentions for the land of the dead.

What do the challenges of this otherworld have to do with a reclusive gamer and a fragile developer, and can they come to terms with the true origins of their identities before the land of the dead is lost to a powerful primordial force?