Escape Room by Christopher Edge

Publication Date: 3 February 2022

The Blurb

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?

Cover illustration by David Dean

The Review

Christopher Edge has once again written a compelling read that will have readers gripped to every page in this action packed adventure with twists and turns right to the very end.

From the very beginning we are thrown into a dangerous game to save the world as Ami and her team work against time to solve the puzzles and escape the rooms they find themselves in before it’s too late.

I loved the team dynamics with each player having crucial skills to unlock the secrets of each room. Oscar is the only one who is out for himself to win at all costs, while the Ami, Min, Adjoa and Ibrahim work together as each baffling new puzzle is revealed. And, I loved learning about the history behind each room, from the first household computers and automatons to the Red Queen of Palenque, as the children revealed their contents and clues.

With a totally unexpected ending, Escape Room is a hugely thought-provoking puzzle of a story that will empower young minds.

Huge thanks to Nosy Crow for sending me an early review copy.