The Paradox of Heroes by Nicholas Hanna
Published: July 31st, 2020 by You Lulu Inc.
Source: Paperback, 296 pages
Summary: (from Goodreads)
Danny wakes up in a dark, strange room, with no memory of how he got there. If that weren’t bad enough, the walls start closing in! After he barely escapes with his life, he finds that he’s not alone: there’s Mav, his bold-and-daring best friend; the snarky, quick-witted Zelda; the quiet-and-brooding Sam; and Ash, his beautiful but mysterious crush. Together, they must navigate their way through a series of deadly challenges. Only by solving complex, intricate puzzles, can they escape the gothic-style castle in which they’ve been imprisoned. But who put them there? And why?
It’s been eighteen years since Teddy’s brother died. One night, he stumbles upon an old cell phone, which leads him to a hidden safe in the floor. The mystery only grows deeper as he’s slowly sucked into the shadowy world responsible for his brother’s death. Oh, and he’s just met the girl of his dreams — talk about bad timing!
Seven is an assassin — he kills for money. Why then, has he started doing it for fun? He doesn’t know the answer, just that he does it. But when his mysterious employers turn on him, he learns there’s something they’ve been hiding. It’s a secret that he’s unknowingly been helping them keep for years.
Twists and turns lurk around every corner, as shocking revelations come to light. These seemingly unrelated stories will converge — and not everyone makes it out alive.
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
**I received a physical copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.**
This book was a really interesting concept to me! Mostly because my fiancé and I loveee the escape room games, so this felt like that. Just much higher stakes. Waking up in a room with no idea how you got there with cryptic messages on how to get out.. so intriguing!
I thought that the story flowed really well. We followed 3 main POVs, and I thought all three fit well together. There was some time jumping that was a little confusing until it all came together, but by the end, it made sense, so no real problems there. I liked Danny’s POV, which was his group of friends and him trying to escape the mansion. Seven’s POV was my least favorite just because he was this assassin that was, honestly, kind of scary. He was so deadly and uncaring, it gave me chills. My favorite POV thought was Teddy’s! His was so intriguing to me!
I really liked the characters in this story. Teddy, again, was my favorite character. His story was so interesting. I wish there had been a lot more from him. There was plenty, I just really liked his chapters most, haha. I liked Danny and his friends too! I loved reading them figuring out each puzzle in the various rooms! The only character I’m confused about is Emma. I kind of felt that her character was unnecessary. She didn’t add anything to the story. At first, I didn’t trust her, I thought she was going to turn on Teddy or be bad, but she ended up just not being off at all, just a normal girl. I don’t know, she just didn’t add anything to the story.
The writing is good and the storytelling is intriguing. My only true complaint about this book is that the use of “hafta” and “whaddawe” (what do we) or however is was spelt drove me insane. I wouldn’t have minded if it was just a handful of times, but it was used way too much. It didn’t feel necessary when “have to” could have easily been written to replace it.
Overall, this was a really fun story! Definitely would recommend it to any sci-fi or escape room fans. I enjoyed my time reading it.
Thanks so much, Mr. Hanna for allowing me to read and review your book.
Thanks for reading! (: