| Gifted | NA |
The paradox of Heroes starts with three seemingly independent stories. The most dominant story is about Danny that with a group of fellow college students woke up in a castle with no memory or information. They are forced to solve puzzles and complete life-threatening challenges in order to go to the next chamber. Then there is Teddy who lost his brother in an accident 18 years ago. One night he went through old belongings of his brother and found an old phone which leads him to a hidden safe.
In the same period of time, he started dating a wonderful woman from the office. One thing led to another and before they knew it, they were together uncovering the truth behind his brother’s death. Last but not least there is the story of Seven, a trained assassin who kills at the order of a secretive company. When he disobeys orders, they turn on him and want to put him down, but he won’t go down easily. In his quest to take on the entire organization he discovers more and more about his true nature.
“Next, he put his hand under Sam’s nose – still breathing, but for how much longer? Time was almost up: they had to get out of this room – now.
The three story-lines were singularly captivating from the very beginning. I was eager to find out where each of them would lead to. As each point of view progresses, they start to complement each other more and more. Some connections you could suspect if you have a detailed eye, but others were definitely shocking. The convergence of the stories is what made the book jump from very good to great.
The series of real-life escape rooms was very intense and exciting. I felt I was there solving the puzzles alongside the characters. It is a very satisfying feeling when you can solve a puzzle on your own before they do. The story on Teddy was also very pulling, but was a little bit less intense on action and had some romance, thus those chapters served as a break from the very intense escape rooms. The chapters on Seven came in less frequently, but were always on point.
The chapters were very short and the alternation between the three different story-lines is on point, which made it easy to follow. It was a fast-paced book where I could not stop reading. There was no lingering or any unnecessary background descriptions. Everything had its place and meaning. Definitely a read that will stick to your thoughts afterwards, I will await eagerly for the sequel.