#MGTakesOnThursday: Escape Room by Christopher Edge, illustrated by David Dean

Cover illustration by David Dean, published by Nosy Crow 2022

This is a weekly meme started and hosted by @marysimms72 on her brilliant Book Craic blog which I urge you to read. Also, please check out all the other posts and Tweets with the #MGTakesOnThursday tag, you will be sure to find many fantastic recommendations!

If you love books written for an MG audience and wish to take part, the steps to follow are:

  • Post a picture of a front cover of a middle-grade book which you have read and would recommend to others with details of the author, illustrator and publisher.
  • Open the book to page 11 and share your favourite sentence.
  • Write three words to describe the book
  • Either share why you would recommend this book, or link to your review.

Author: Christopher Edge

Illustrator: David Dean

Publisher: Nosy Crow

Favourite sentence from Page 11: 

We need you to find the answer.

page 11

This book in three words: intelligent ~ optimistic ~ innovative

I have had Escape Room on my reading radar since reading glowing early reviews and finally picked it up at the weekend to be ready for a #PrimarySchoolBookclubDiscussion at the end of March. After waiting weeks to make a start I demolished it in one sitting!

Many books are labelled “unputdownable” but this one held me rapt from beginning to end. It is narrated through the voice of eleven-year-old Ami, who has been awarded a trip to the ultimate escape room game by her father, and her breathless recount of the game takes the reader on a non-stop, heart-racing adventure. On arriving at the futuristic glass building which houses The Escape, Ami encounters four other children who will be her team mates for the game: Adjoa, Oscar, Ibrahim and Min. As the game progresses through increasingly complex and life-threatening levels of difficulty each individual’s unique talents come to the fore, although throughout the plot it seems that Ami possesses the super-intelligence to solve most problems. Will the combined talents of the team be sufficient for them to find The Answer?

I am not going to reveal any more details of the plot for fear of ruining the enjoyment of anyone who hasn’t read Escape Room yet. It is not just a thrill-ride of a read; author Christopher Edge has explored questions of our very existence on planet Earth in the most innovative way, highlighting the environmental questions that preoccupy many young readers through the metaphor of a game which requires intelligence, bravery and teamwork in a fight for survival. There is an excellent plot twist at the end and a hopeful and moving conclusion. At just under two hundred pages of relentless action, Escape Room is a book which will enthral anyone of 10+. Highly recommended!

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