The Game of Satori: The Awakening
Author: Amy Jacquemard
Released: December 4, 2020
Received: Blog Tour
Amy Jacquemard’s debut novel, The Game of Satori: The Awakening, is a novel that will stand out in my memory for years to come.
Would you know the difference between a game and reality? What about when the game hacks your mind and begins to blur the lines between the two? Would you still be able to find your way out of the game it designed for you?
Satori is the latest hit. It’s a virtual reality escape room like no other. Each puzzle grants five days of entertainment and puzzles, which is more than enough to entice players like Gabriel and his brother.
Only, Satori goes deeper than people expected. It does more than test the mind by throwing clever little puzzles into the mix. It tests a person’s spirit by throwing psychological tests – tests designed to hurt and break – in the players’ path.
“We’re standing in Dali’s painting of The Persistence of Memory,” Staver says in awe.’
I mean it when I say that The Game of Satori is unlike any novel I’ve read before. I went into it with a particular set of expectations, and I was completely blown out of the water. In a good way, I promise!
What surprised me is how horrifying many of the elements in this novel were. I knew that it would be a darker escape room/virtual reality tale…but I hadn’t realized how dark. I also hadn’t realized how much I wanted to read a story like this. Not until it was actually in my hands.
It was thrilling learning about a new group of characters and the different reasons for wanting to play this game. Likewise, the variety of tests thrown at them (specifically designed to break each one) was…a lot. But again, I mean that in a good way.
Ultimately, I really enjoyed the time I spent reading The Game of Satori. It left a positive impression on me, and I don’t think I’ll be looking at my VR Machine the same way because of it. So thanks for that?
Thanks to The Book Review Crew for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.