Reviewed by Melanie Kline

A collection of strewn together chapters, Escape is the story of a beautiful girl and her mysterious mother on the run from an unseen enemy. It is a highly irregular book, in that you never learn their names or even what has caused them to run in the first place. The daughter is referred to only as “Bambi” from the children’s story and she, in turn, calls her mother only “Mother.” Bambi and Mother allude to themselves as a “Moon Unit.”

Fairly fast paced, Escape jumps around the lives of the Moon Unit quite a bit. Each chapter is a representation of a new place and time in their lives, alternating with a chapter of unknown people giving their reflections on seeing/meeting the Moon Unit.

I found the story to be a bit unbelievable. Sure some people have tons of money and can travel freely around the world, but if you were truly on the run would you risk constantly flying from country to country and staying in only the best hotels? Surely some form of ID would be required at some point and who really just up and leaves with nothing but the clothes on their back over and over again?

Finally, about half way through, you get a hint at why they may still be running and there is a quite enlightening scene about three chapters from the end, but still nothing concrete. It seems that every time something happens to help you discover the plot of the story, the chapter changes and you are stranded in space again.

Escape left a lot to be desired. It felt like I was completely wasting my time, turning pages and getting no where. I would definitely not recommend this book to the every day reader. This one is better left to the teachers and professionals to analyze and use as instructional material. That is, IF they can figure it out.

Rating: ½☆☆☆☆ 

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