The Red Labyrinth by Meredith Tate (Book Review)

the red labyrinth by meredith tate

Book Blurb:

To save the hero, she’ll have to team up with the villain. But in the labyrinth, nothing is as it seems.

The massive labyrinth was built to protect Zadie Kalvers’ isolated desert town. Unfortunately, living in the maze’s shadow makes her feel anything but safe. Even without its enchanted deathtraps and illusions, a mysterious killer named Dex lurks in its corridors, terrorizing anyone in his path.

But when Zadie’s best friend vanishes into the labyrinth-and everyone mysteriously forgets he exists- completing the maze becomes her only hope of saving him. In desperation, Zadie bribes the only person who knows the safe path through-Dex-into forming a tenuous alliance.

Navigating a deadly garden, a lethal blood-filled hourglass, and other traps-with an untrustworthy murderer for her guide-Zadie’s one wrong step from certain death. But with time running out before her friend (and secret crush) is lost forever, Zadie must reach the exit and find him. If Dex and the labyrinth don’t kill her first.

Tags: YA, Dystopian, Mystery, Romance, Family, Adventure

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(I received a free copy of this book, thanks to Flux and NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinions on the book.)

The Red Labyrinth is set in a dystopian world, presumably many years in the future, where they have airbikes, monogamy is unheard of, homosexuality is accepted and those without powers are shunned by society. The persecution of these ‘Blanks’ can represent many present-day examples in real life and is well presented by the author.

Zadie appears weak on the surface and there is even one point where she acknowledges it head on(some people might not find that eases their frustration at her but it did for me). I think it’s realistic how she doesn’t know how to fight well seeing as she’s never learnt any battle or defense skills(and come on, not every character in the world can kick ass, right?). Her strength, however, is physical and mental endurance.

Just from reading the synopsis I guessed(and hoped) it would contain a certain trope. What it is will give a small part away. Also, this story reminds me of Failsafe by Anela Deen(which I loved!)
The plot was somewhat predictable but I didn’t mind as I loved reading about their journey in the maze. The mystery and danger of the maze is the highlight of this book. I’ll admit the author got me once or twice despite the aforementioned predictability. There was one minor plot-hole, I think. I could be wrong. I’m curious as to what the other readers think about it.

I thought The Red Labyrinth was going to be a stand-alone. It isn’t. There’s at least a sequel and I’m of the opinion that the author should have made it it a stand-alone. There are only 270 pages in this book so it’s perfectly possible finish it in one by extending the book length. BUT, some people may disagree, and I can understand as it does feel like one chapter has closed with clear indication that there’s more to come.

If you like mazes, broody and capable guys, YA dystopian fiction, and if you enjoyed Failsafe by Anela Deen, then this is definitely your type of read! I don’t want to think about the fact that this book isn’t out yet, which means the next book will come out when??!

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Parental Guidance: 13+
Violence – Medium
Sex – None
Religion – No
Profanity – Only ‘d*mn’

Recommended for: Readers who enjoy Dystopian YA, those looking for a quick read and a dangerous adventure in an enchanted maze.

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