Book Review: The Game of Satori

Cowards never start, the weak never finish and winners never quit.

Amy Jacquemard ~ The Game of Satori: The Awakening


The Game of Satori, a virtual reality escape room that hacks your mind – delving deep into your subconscious, pulling memories, thoughts and beliefs – long since suppressed – to the surface. All in the name of Satori – sudden enlightenment. The winner will claim one million dollars and the promise of a new life.

Do you have the guts to see what’s hidden there?

It’s just a game… isn’t it?


I’m sure plenty of you have done an escape room… but would you enter one that takes days to complete? One that uses VR technology to challenge and test you, forcing you to relive your darkest memories, face your worst fears and reveal your deepest secrets?

Welcome to Satori…

It was a chance to be famous, get rich, prove their intelligence in a game that pits teams and individuals against each other in a race to escape… live on TV!

Ellie enters to help a friend avoid deportation, but to escape Satori she must dig deep within herself. For the founders use immersive virtual reality to create rooms that convince contestants that seeing is believing…

Wow! This book was exhilarating. It definitely exceeded my expectations and I was gripped from the minute Ellie was whisked away to join the game.

Jacquemard’s words are rich and descriptive, perfectly painting a picture of all rooms, with puzzles that are complex & challenging. There are also plenty of twists and shocks to keep readers on their toes.

From Ellie: stubborn and flawed, but likeable, to Jacob who is brilliant, yet creepy, the character depth makes it impossible to work out who we can trust.

I did feel that the ending was a little too nicely tied up, especially as this book is the first in a series. I would have preferred a cliffhanger or final shocking twist to get me really excited for book two; instead it left me feeling underwhelmed.

That said, the rest of the ride is fantastic and I’m intrigued to see what happens in the next room!

If you like escape rooms and enjoyed The Hunger Games – you need to read this!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I was provided with a copy of the book by the author and the Book Review Crew. All opinions are my own.

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