Gamers

The Gamers trilogy is a series of science fiction, action/adventure, computer gaming novels. They follow the adventures of Tark and Zyra, two computer game characters who think they are real people. Although aimed at young teens, they have proven to have a wider appeal. Originally published between 2009 and 2013, they were relaunched in 2020 with new covers and new titles.

Gamers Book 1: Game On!

Tark and Zyra are teenage thieves in a world of magic and science, where dragons and mages exist alongside drones and lasers. In their quest to reach Designers Paradise, they realise their world is not what it appears to be, and their sanctuary is about to face destruction…

Game On! is on both the Year 5 & 6 and Year 7 & 8 reading lists for the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge and the Year 7 & 8 reading list for the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge as Gamers’ Quest. It won a 2009 Chronos Award for speculative fiction by a Victorian writer.

Gamers Book 1: Game On!
ISBN: 9781925804423
RRP: $16.95 Paperback
Published by Ford Street Publishing in March 2020.
Originally published as Gamers’ Quest in October 2009 (ISBN: 9781876462864).

Gamers Book 1_Game On

Gamers Book 2: Level Up!

For Tark and Zyra, life was literally just a game, controlled by the all-powerful Designers. But then they broke the rules and life got a whole lot more complicated … and deadly. Pursued by a powerful computer virus they must locate the Ultimate Gamer with the help of some unexpected allies, and face their greatest challenge – finding a way out of the game …

Level Up! is on both the Year 5 & 6 and Year 7 & 8 reading lists for the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge as Gamers’ Challenge. It was shortlisted for a 2011 Chronos Award for speculative fiction by a Victorian writer.

Gamers Book 2: Level Up!
ISBN: 9781925804430
RRP: $16.95 Paperback
Published by Ford Street Publishing in March 2020.
Originally published as Gamers’ Challenge in September 2011 (ISBN: 9781921665516).

Gamers Book 2_Level Up

Gamers Book 3: Game Over!

Tark and Zyra have lived within the world of a computer game all their lives – fighting the game, fighting the Designers, fighting to get out. Finally escaping into the real world, nothing is what they expect. They soon find themselves fighting again, both out in the real world and inside the game. And it’s not long before Tark and Zyra are leading a rebellion on both sides of the digital barrier …

Game Over! is on both the Year 5 & 6 and Year 7 & 8 reading lists for the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge as Gamers’ Rebellion. It won a 2014 Chronos Award for speculative fiction by a Victorian writer.

Gamers Book 3: Game Over!
ISBN: 9781925804447
RRP: $16.95 Paperback
Published by Ford Street Publishing in March 2020.
Original published as Gamers’ Rebellion in June 2013. (ISBN: 9781921665974)

Gamers Book 3_Game Over

Short Stories

Gamers’ Inferno

This story was published in July 2012 in: Trust Me Too, edited by Paul Collins, Ford Street Publishing.
Set in the same world as the books, this story introduces a new game environment and a whole new set of characters.

This story was published in July 2012 in: Trust Me Too, edited by Paul Collins, Ford Street Publishing.

Set in the same world as the books, this story introduces a new game environment and a whole new set of characters.

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Reviews

  • Gamers Book 1: Game On!

    “Fast and fun, a thrilling ride with enough blood, slime and toad-flinging to satisfy RL Stine.”

    Carole Wilkinson
    Author of the Dragonkeeper novels
  • Gamers Book 2: Level Up!

    “It is the best computer game you will ever play and you play it by reading it.”

    Michael Pryor
    Author of The Laws of Magic
  • Gamers Book 3: Game Over!

    “Filled with strong insights into the human mind and touching on the essence of humanity and the values of trust, friendship, truth and identity.”

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