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Escape Room: The Times Children's Book of the Week

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At the beginning we thought they didn’t deserve to be locked up and there might be some way to rescue them.

It was good for the target audience and I enjoyed all the different locations and the historical / cultural information. I read it all in one sitting today, and ended up writing a review because I needed to process my thoughts.None of them could have ever anticipated the dangerous scenarios they would soon be put in or just how far their strengths and fragile new bonds would be tested.

The characters in the elevator remain dull and underdeveloped; they are nothing more than selfish, overpaid investment bankers, and this made it really hard for me to care about what would happen to any of them. The author posses some interesting questions for kids at the end getting them to think of the future. the novel goes back and forth from the POV of the four members of the team who are trapped in the elevator to Sara Hall who details how everything came to this point. The back half of the novel, in particular, offers little more than a straight data dump of happenings and revelations, interspersed with what are arguably irrelevant details. By the 33% finished mark, I had the perpetrator narrowed down to two possibilities and by the 50% mark, had it correctly sussed out.

And, all the story elements from the past are placed exactly where they need to be between sections of the present to give the reader just enough without giving everything away. Today we will not only come across books with gripping stories, telling about the adventures that daredevils have been waiting for, but also those that give us access to knowledge about game construction including rules for Escape Room.

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