“Life is a game; you just have to make sure you’re in control.”
Rating: 2/5 stars
In the small town of Aurora, teens go missing all the time. But when one of Piper and Hazel’s classmates disappears, they become determined to find out the truth of what happened to her.
While investigating, they meet three handsome and rich grad students…who kidnap them. The girls are taken to a building in the middle of a privately-owned forest. The building isn’t just designed to keep them locked away—every room is a test in survival. And Piper and Hazel won’t give up without a fight.
tw: murder, violence, torture
You know when you watch a movie and it’s just not good but for some reason you just can’t look away? Well this is exactly that type of situation. I’m not going to sit here and lie by saying this took me forever to get through…because it definitely did not. I literally flew through this and finished it in a day, however, just because it was an easy read doesn’t mean it was the most enjoyable.
The premise of this sounded super interesting, think a tamer version of the Saw movies (only because we’re not chopping off body parts), where teenagers are abducted and taken to what’s presumed to be an abandoned building. Except the building has been remodeled to create six torture rooms that range from things like extreme light and temperature exposure, sound torture, sleep deprivation, water boarding, and then room zero which is essentially a fight to death type of room. The teens are called at random by the three college boys who are orchestrating all of this to endure each of the rooms before going back to their “common room” and waiting for the next name to be called. It could be minutes, hours, days, or weeks later until someone is called, leaving the abducted teens in a never- ending state of fear.
Here’s where the story fell flat though, not one of the characters were likable or easy to connect with. The characters were so dumb that it hurt, like, actually hurt to read how naive they were. Piper, the main character, is obsessed with true crime and murderers, so you would think she would know better than to get in the car with complete strangers, right? WRONG. Not only that but it was impossible to connect with any of them. And to make matters worse Piper starts falling for the random dude who shows up weeks later claiming he’s been kept away in a separate room for the last six months? That’s a recipe for disaster, my friends. The second this character was introduced to the story I knew exactly how this book was going to end.
Speaking of the ending, it was THE WORST. It was one of those throw the book across the room type of endings that make you wonder why you even invested your time in it. Other readers may have enjoyed it, but in my opinion it was rushed, sloppy, and unnecessary. If there isn’t going to be another book just why bother going the route that it went? It was just so unsatisfying that it’s borderline infuriating.
All in all, it’s pretty clear that this book isn’t for me. However, I can’t take away from the fact that this was a quick read that will keep you on your toes just to see what happens next. But if you’re looking for a book with a group of characters to love, this ain’t it.
Until next time,