Review: Escape Room by Christopher Edge

Title: Escape Room

Author: Christopher Edge

Pages: 208 Pages

Publisher: Nosy Crow

The Blurb

The latest mind-blowing novel from award-winning author Christopher Edge, Escape Room is a thrilling adventure that challenges readers aged 9 and up to think about what they’ve done to save the world today.

When twelve-year-old Ami arrives at The Escape, she thinks it’s just a game – the ultimate escape room with puzzles and challenges to beat before time runs out. Meeting her teammates, Adjoa, Ibrahim, Oscar and Min, Ami learns from the Host that they have been chosen to save the world and they must work together to find the Answer. But as he locks them inside the first room, they quickly realise this is no ordinary game.

From a cavernous library of dust to an ancient Mayan tomb, a deserted shopping mall stalked by extinct animals to the command module of a spaceship heading to Mars, the perils of The Escape seem endless. Can Ami and her friends find the Answer before it’s too late?

The Review

Whenever I read a book for young adults or middle grade students I always hope that it will be one that I will be desperate to shove in their hands and recommend…and for 90% of this book I would have been doing that. However, the fantastic build up of this novel was severely let down by its ending.

The title Escape Room kind of gives away what this novel is about. It is about going into an escape room and trying to get out again by solving a series of problems. So far, so good. Our cast of characters each have individual skills and talents that will allow them to escape but when the tasks get hairier and harder to solve you begin to fight to turn the pages to find out what happens. Sadly, for me, the ending let it down so much. It felt like such a massive compromise on the story and that the writer didn’t now how to end it so used the story as a platform for his own opinions. As a reader, I felt robbed.

This did not have the ending I was expecting. The third act twist was not impressive and I frowned through the last 10%. Great story. Tragically weak ending.

Escape Room by Christopher Edge is available 3rd February 2022.

For more information regarding Christopher Edge (@edgechristopher) please visit www.christopheredge.co.uk.

For more information regarding Nosy Crow (@NosyCrow) please visit www.nosycrow.com.

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