Escape the Infinite Chamber

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One day, Luo Jian woke up from his sleep and found himself in a locked chamber where the door and window were all sealed. A note with a few lines written on it was tacked to the wall: “Escape from this room within an hour, otherwise, you will die.”

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逃离无限密室
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06/27/18 Taida Translations c32-33
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finily
finily rated it
June 5, 2018
Status: Completed
TL:DR:
This novel is an amazing mystery novel with well-written characters and plot. Overview:
Due to the horror genre, I was shying away from reading this amazing novel. The horror parts are mostly in the first half of the novel and actually kind of cliche in a way. Every time the MC encounters a dead body I keep praying it doesn't move but alas, because of the horror genre they always do without fail. The horror actually lies more in the gory descriptions of things. Especially, when it comes to... more>> dead bodies and how "characters" in the settings of the "Infinite Chambers" dies. If you can get past the gory bits (which never stops being described throughout the novel by the way) and focus on the mystery (which are kinda solvable if you read close enough) this story is quite interesting to read. The author does an amazing job of building characters relations and describing the plot and setting in a way that makes it easy to envision. It also makes the settings so much scarier because you can feel the tension and it feels as if something is going to jump out at you at any moment. The ships in this novel can be defined very loosely as enemies to lovers, which happens to be something I really enjoy. There are random angst moments that tugs at your heartstrings so be prepared for that. Characters:
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Luo Jian:
Luo Jian is our adorable main character who's naive about what he has to do to survive the "Infinite Chambers". Although some of his too calm decision-making seems to hint otherwise. He's also quite possibly the most tragic and unluckiest character in this novel. Not only does he get sucked up this "escape game", he gets stabbed in the beginner level, accidentally drags his best friend into this escape game mess, catches the (loving) attention of the enemy, encounters a serial killer (who also happens to fall in love with his best friend), and has to deal with this escaping the cycle of "Infinite Chambers" nonsense. Luo Jian only continues to suffer more as he tries to solve the mystery of this "game". It's easy to think you understand his character, but by the end of the whole novel as you watch his growth. Luo Jian has quite literally become a different person.

Feng Yu Lan:

Feng Yu Lan is the perfect shou I never knew I liked (He's actually closer to being bi-s*xual though). Although he's physically weak, he doesn't let that hold him back. Feng Yu is smart, tough, stands up for others, and extremely loving and loyal towards people he considers his friends. Before the start of the novel, he stands up for Luo Jian when his family turns on him for admitting he's gay. He even lies to his own family that he's gay and "elopes" with Luo Jian to help get him away from his family, giving up his easy happy life in the process. He's pretty much the perfect best friend everyone wishes they could have.

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I think one of the saddest parts was when you find out that he didn't actually make it out alive with Luo Jian on the Ghost Ship. Because of his physical weakness, he dies of cold and drowns just before the exit. That made my heart hurt a lot. What's even sadder is he "dies" again shortly after because he lost the escape game and consequently needs to be killed in the real world too. On top of that, he basically gets his life bound to his killer. I don't think it's completely a bad thing though (͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
Feng Yu Lan's life can be described in one sentence: Living to die

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Luo Jian & Stalker (Xing Yan) :

I would loosely describe their relationship as enemies to lovers because they practically fell in love at first sight with each other. Even though they're technically enemies, after the first clash they never actually fight each other again and help out one another. Their relationship is interesting to watch develop because it's kinda naive and very passionate. It's pretty adorable to see how Xing Yan finds loopholes in the rules just to help Luo Jian out. Xing Yan is super possessive of Luo Jian and later on, he basically acts like a crafty big dog that follows Luo Jian around.

Feng Yu Lan & Duan Li:

I think this ship had the most interesting dynamic in the book. This ship was the true enemies to lovers ship where they start off as enemies and take a super long time to get together.

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To the point that it takes a whole another timeline to officially get together. Later on, revelations about their connected past also put a fun twist on their relationship.

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Duan Li doesn't know how to treat Feng Yu Lan, he only knows that he wants to hold Feng Yu close to him but knows in the process his claws will hurt Feng Yu Lan. He's very protective of Feng Yu and ends up physically carrying Feng Yu a lot in the "Infinite Chambers" because of Feng Yu's vulnerability.

Animal Symbolism:
I really liked how the author gives each character an animal that is symbolic of their personalities. Luo Jian - Crow, Feng Yu Lan - Owl, Xing Yan - Black Cat, Duan Li - Wolf. If you think you know their personalities, their animals actually reveal traits they may not have shown yet even as far as half-way through the story. Luo Jian's animal in particular, actually reveals a lot about his character later on.

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Plot:
Be warned this novel contains a lot of red herrings! It is a horror mystery novel after all!
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I was wondering if this novel was going to be one of those take down the system that is causing this whole mess and to my surprise it was. I didn't think the author had the guts to tackle writing down this type of complicated story. I was worried it wouldn't end well because a lot of novels I've read have really bad explanations for why the system exists or have gone very badly.
The author presents a lot of interesting twists that change how events are perceived. She makes good use of symbolism and foreshadowing to hint at future plot points so that when you finish the novel you ask yourself why you didn't notice it sooner. She draws a lot of attention to things that become extremely relevant later on in the story. One hint of symbolism that I'll give that could possibly spoil the entire story if you go through enough mental gymnastics and have a creative enough imagination is the Ouroboros symbol, which she makes a point to highlight multiple times. I think this is the type of novel where you need to read at least twice in order to catch everything.

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Ending Thoughts and Spoilers:
In order to fully enjoy the novel, I think it's important to read the whole book in order to catch all the details. Summaries won't do this book justice because this novel is a mystery novel meant for the reader to figure out the clues.
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The characters were well developed and had extremely fitting weapons and personalities to match. Their relationships were so fun to watch and see how they cared for each other in very different ways. There were only five extras about their lives after this whole troublesome ordeal which makes me crave for more. There is one extra chapter for each ship except the main couple which has two chapters (and yes that means there is a third unexpected ship) and the last one focuses on everyone meeting again.
The story ends with the original characters who "developed" the "game" (I'm super summarizing here, this isn't exactly what happened) developing a VR game instead, which makes me think that there's bound to be a whole new set of issues with its creation. Especially, when I've seen so many trapped-inside-a-VR-game novels. This is apparently part of a series and there apparently four more stories that are loosely connected to this novel and one of the intros did state something about the VR game so I'm extremely curious about it all. I'm really looking forward to reading the author's other novels.
I think there are some random plot holes but they're not really important for me to care. Although, I believe when it comes to mystery novels the author should be vigilant about them. There's also a possibility I could have misinterpreted or missed things due to using google translate. That being said, I can't wait for the novel to be fully translated!

On an ending note, if you want to find out more spoilers you can find me in the forums or pm me directly questions! I'm itching to discuss this novel with someone else!

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Shigure Hakuya
Shigure Hakuya rated it
April 12, 2018
Status: c25
This novel is 'one in a thousand' that you will definitely regret if you don't read this novel.

About that BL tag, it even complements the whole story. Without that element, the progress of the story will be disrupted.

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Regarding the different elements of the story:

1. This is a escape room story with many arcs that focuses in the different closed spaces and how to escape from it.

2. Usually, the ones that can participate in this game are 'chosen'. There are many ways to be chosen.

3. Within the allotted time, the participant/s must escape the room through solving the different clues provided. The more participant to participate, the harder the difficulty is.

4. There are entities called Stalkers that rarely appeared in each chamber. These Stalkers usually have the mission to prevent the participant to pass the chamber. They (Stalkers) have different roles provided in each chamber. After the participant/s passed the chamber and escaped, the Stalkers will "reincarnate" and will appear on the next participant to come.

5. After the participant/s completed the mission, there will be rewards provided after waking up. The rewards provided will depent on how many chamber has the participant completed.

6. A charm of this story is how the development between the pairing will happen:

  • The main pairing is between a participant and a Stalker. They will both meet in the chambers the participant will enter.
  • The next pairing is revealed in later chapters, but both of them are revealed as psychos.
  • There is a third pairing but barely shown.
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Please anticipate the next chapters as the story slowly unfolds and make you sit at the edge of your seat. <<less
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porkbuns
porkbuns rated it
March 14, 2018
Status: c8
A disorganized and biased review, with a bit of SPOILER.

8 chapters in and I'm already pretty drawn to this novel; then again...I've been pretty infatuated by novels with the survival game (A powerful entity forces the main characters to fight for their lives in an organized competition) tag recently. Our MC Luo Jian is randomly thrown into this game one day while sleeping; he didn't die or get any sort of mental notification, just poof... and he's in the game (though he gets to return to the real world after... more>> every game).

The general gist of the game:

  • Players have to complete 1 session of the game once every 10 days
  • The main objective of each session of the game, so far, is to escape from the "chamber" that the game session is set in
    • The term "chamber" is used pretty loosely in this novel. The term "chamber" doesn't only refer to room of sorts, it can refer to any sort of environment that is secluded from society (e.g. locked room, ghost ship, deserted island, etc.)
    • The "chambers" so far seem to have a mystery/horror/supernatural atmosphere to them
  • The players are given a sheet of paper, at the start of each session, that explains the circumstances around this scenario (task (s), time limit, etc.)
    • The players are given a clock of sorts to keep track of time
  • Entities known as stalkers may appear with a chance of 8% (or maybe it was 6%, I really don't remember :P, read the 1st 8 chapters while half awake last night)
    • The stalker takes the place of a essential character in the current chamber's scenario
    • Their task is unknown, but it can be assumed that their main task is to kill the player
    • It's unknown whether the stalkers are another group of humans participants with the goal of killing players or monstrous existences created by the game's creator
      • I'm leaning more towards the later conjecture, due to the "Human-Nonhuman Relationship" tag
  • The players are rewarded based on their performance in each session
    • There doesn't seem to be any point system, with a shop to purchase things from, or any game-like system with stats and battle logs (at least not in the 1st game session, though the party system is introduced shortly after the 1st game session and there's a Game Element tag)
      • The game's creator chose which item the MC was given in the 1st game session
Romance:

Right off the bat, I just want to divert your attention to the Yaoi tag, in case you haven't noticed it yet (the MC is a cis gender homos*xual male). So far, it seems like there might be some sort of a love triangle going on (between the MC, his male childhood/best friend, and the stalker that almost killed him in the 1st game session).

  • The stalker that the MC meets in the 1st game scenario is an extremely handsome male
    • The MC kiss/bites (memory is a bit fuzzy on this, there was something about biting during the actual scene, but later, the MC says something about kissing) the stalker's lips (or maybe it was the other way around), while he was dying from being stabbed by the stalker
      • This may have led to the stalker taking interest in the MC, leading the stalker to spare the MC
        • Going by the fact that the stalkers are called stalkers, maybe the stalker will have somewhat of weird stalker (a person who harasses or persecutes someone with unwanted and obsessive attention) relationship with the MC
  • The MC tells us that his male childhood/best friend is heteros*xual, but he (the friend) ends up breaking up with his girlfriend and gets kicked out of his family just to support the MC's s*xual orientation
    • The MC and his friend currently have a rather ambiguous relationship as of the moment
    • After getting stabbed, by a murderer (potentially a stalker or maybe even another player that's been given a task by the game's creator) that been killing people recently, and sent to the hospital, the friend gets tricked into joining the game, in the MC's party during the 2nd game session
      • It seems the game's creator gives certain player, mission to do in the real world (e.g. the bar owner of the Red Spider Lily, is tasked with guiding new players)
Just on an endnote, there's only around 200 chapters, so this novel probably won't get bogged down by repetition as much compared to novels with thousands of chapters. <<less
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veihakase
veihakase rated it
March 25, 2018
Status: c11 part4
Here is what you have to consider in reading this first: THIS IS DANMEI/BL pips.

Anyway, the story is really thrilling and (for me) has the same effect of watching horror movies where time is really needed. What I like in this one is that you would also think about the riddles presented. It's like those riddle games but with your life at stake. (It's a fresh concept for me since it's BL *v* plus this kind of genre). It keeps you on the edge on every chapter. The main character... more>> is also very likeable. Not the damsel in distress type (maybe also not the Mary Sue type but maybe we should wait for more chapters to see if this is true) and can fight on his own. As of this chapter I still don't know who the ML is so it's a guessing game yet again. I'm kinda bias on this since I really love horror themed BL and this is the right thing for me. The horror scenes is well-described and told right (kudos to the translator and editor). Try tot read this. Truth be told, you are not wasting your time in reading this :3 <<less
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DimensionalRoamer
DimensionalRoamer rated it
June 2, 2018
Status: Completed
AMAZING--

You won't regret reading this. The journey is wonderful and the worlds are really immersive! I'm not too thrilled by the ending ... more>>
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it's one of those typical 'everyone's memory gets erased once they deal with the big boss ie the infinity room, but they find each other in the real world again' tropes. I would have loved it if everyone kept their memories : (BUT THIS SHOULDN'T STOP YOU FROM READING THE STORY -- I just ignore the ending lmao

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but everyone ends up happy and together in the end!

The pairings are
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1) MC (Luo Qian) and stalker (Xing Yan) ----- 2) duan yi and feng yu lan ----- 3) luo feng big bro (nicknamed ghost) and the clown (dr. Hong) --> this one doesn't should up until the very last story, after they've defeated the system and gone back to the real world.

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Anyways, amazing story, one of my favourites. Read it! Highly recommend.

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xxBlackRabbitxx
xxBlackRabbitxx rated it
March 11, 2018
Status: c8
It has a great start for me since it seems like we can already see some of the personality of both the MC and the ML even though we are only on the first chapters.

I can't exactly say the overview much but it goes like this;

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its about a young man suddenly waking up in a closed room with a note saying to escape the room within an hour and a consequence of death if not done. After escaping, our MC came to know that its not done yet and it will happen again in another 10 days time and will happen again and again. He also came to know that there are other people like him called players in this death game

Now where he met our ML (?) was at his first chamber and was called by the other players as "stalkers" which is a type of monster place inside the game

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