Elevator Quest


Young Adult - Action
302 Pages
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Author Biography

Emmanuel M Arriaga grew up in the inner city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From a young age, he was obsessed with fantasy and science fiction. Breaking the shackles of a low-income life, Emmanuel developed an interest in science, technology and engineering. He went on to graduate from Pennsylvania State University with a Master’s in Information Science. Spending his early years in the financial industry, he eventually landed a job with Google in Silicon Valley and moved to the West Coast with his wife Cynthia and Assassin bunny Ezio.

Throughout that time, Emmanuel has sought to share his vivid imagination with the world, learning the art of story crafting which led to his first published novel, Foundra: The Rift War in 2015. From there, Emmanuel has gone on to complete new novels, with many more in the works. His latest novel being Elevator Quest, which released in February 2018. With a love for travel, gadgets and volunteering, Emmanuel is enjoying life and helping others.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

Elevator Quest by Emmanuel M Arriaga is an interesting fantasy tale for young adult readers and fans of adventure. The elevator cable snaps and everyone in it is frightened, thinking they will end up dead. But something unusual happens: Tasha and the others who survive the accident find themselves in an alternate, strange world. The group composed of office workers finds themselves catapulted into an adventure no one asked for, discovering new weapons and facing vicious and dangerous creatures. Do they have what it takes to survive these challenges and ultimately return to their own world? Or, could it be that they are actually dead and on the path to another form of life? That is for the reader to find out.

I loved this book right from its very opening. Readers are introduced to characters who are going through their normal day until something suddenly goes wrong with the elevator. The humor is injected into the narrative right off the bat and I couldn’t help smiling and laughing at characters like Tasha and Arnold. Right in the heart of danger, instead of thinking about survival, Tasha shouts: “Oh Lord, I’m going to die a virgin.” The chapters are short and well-crafted with endings that literally compel the reader to turn to the next page. Emmanuel M Arriaga is good with dialogues and the writing features a compelling blend of well-crafted prose and intelligently written dialogues. The setting is the work of a great imagination. Elevator Quest is well-plotted and beautifully written, a fast-paced, pulsating story that is as suspenseful as it is entertaining.

Patricia Bell

Elevator Quest by Emmanuel M Arriaga is a fast-paced adventure that begins with an elevator full of an eclectic group of executives and office workers, all minding their own business. Suddenly, they hear a crackle of electricity and see the elevator lights flickering. Terror pervades them as the cable snaps and they are launched into the depths below. Each of them is sure they are about to die. Chaos ensues as the elevator crashes to the bottom of the shaft. As the elevator lands, although they are quite shaken up, the passengers are all very much alive. The group ventures out, only to find themselves in a strange land with weapons that give them mystical powers. Together they struggle to stay alive as they battle monsters of all kinds. Unsure of what has happened or why they are there, the team fights for their lives to find a way out.

Emmanuel M Arriaga takes his audience on quite a ride as we, along with the passengers of the elevator, try to figure out exactly what is going on in this supernatural realm filled with terrifying goblins, creepy monks and other frightening monsters. And the ending is the real shocker! Something I never expected. If you are looking for an action-packed, surprise around every corner, full of guts and gore kind of story, Elevator Quest is just the book for you. The ending leads me to believe this might be the first in a series. I would love to read more of this exciting adventure. Great job by Emmanuel M Arriaga in keeping my attention from start to finish.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

Elevator Quest by Emmanuel M. Arriaga is a fantastical adventure story. It was a normal day in the office. Nothing out of the ordinary, just twelve people who happened to be in the elevator at the same time. Twelve people who all thought their lives were over when the cable snapped. But they were wrong. They all survived, but when they left the elevator they weren’t where they expected to be. Instead, they found themselves in a fantastical world, a world full of challenges and monsters, things they never even knew existed outside of the covers of a book. Fighting for survival, the team starts to wonder if they really were killed and this is what awaits them on the other side, or are they in some weird alternate reality?

Elevator Quest by Emmanuel M. Arriaga is an incredibly imaginative book, an adventure-filled story that defies all belief. You could imagine this story as a computer game, a game of survival using everything and anything you happen to find around you, and I think it will appeal to people who like that sort of game. This is a unique tale, full of twists and turns that keep you guessing right to the very end. Nothing was as it seemed, and the action was just non-stop, with a huge amount of suspense built into the story. There wasn’t much in the way of character development but, to be fair, that’s not what this story is about. You didn’t need to know who they were; it was purely about surviving a fantastical, mythical world of strange creatures and magic. The story dived headfirst into the action and didn’t come up for breath until the very last word. I thoroughly enjoyed it; it kept me reading and that’s the whole point of a good book.

K.J. Simmill

It was a normal day, with people doing their everyday things. Twelve everyday people, with nothing in common other than their need to use the elevator in that particular building at that particular time, are about to find a connection beyond the courteous 'hello'. None of them had imagined that fate had a different destination in store for them than that which they had planned. Fear had gripped them as the elevator began its unexpected, rapid descent, and yet somehow they survived, only when the doors opened they weren't in any place known to the building they were in. What's more, it seemed they weren't alone. Join Tasha, Jiro and the crew in a game of deadly survival as they are pitted against horrors they had never thought could be real in Emmanuel M Arriaga's Elevator Quest.

Elevator Quest makes me think of a number of survival games available on today's market. Plunged into perilous and confusing situations, the heroes use everything at their disposal to survive. It will hold a certain appeal to game lovers, and perhaps even fans of the fighting fantasy game books as it has aspects which remind me of both. Written in parts made up from bite sized chapters, the adventure's progression is easy to follow. The characters mostly learn to cooperate and come together, despite their differences. Some surprise revelations will keep the reader guessing what is afoot, and you'll find yourself turning page after page of magical weaponry, as well as dangerous traps and difficult challenges they must overcome if they have any hope of escape. Emmanuel M Arriaga writes in a straight-forward manner, telling the reader only what they need to know to advance the plot.

Caitlin Lyle Farley

Emmanuel M Arriaga’s Elevator Quest is a delightfully escapist fantasy adventure. Arnold arrives at work just like any other day. He steps into the elevator and, minutes later, it stops, the lights flicker, and everyone inside is sent plummeting down. Shaken, but still alive, the various employees find themselves in an unknown place as the elevator opens out into an earthen passageway. One that’s starting to fill with water. Arnold leads the distressed group to a chamber where they’re confronted by a creature that doesn’t exist. With the door locked behind them, the group has no choice but to move forwards, deeper into the den of strange creatures and with nothing but their bare hands to defend themselves with.

Right from the beginning, Elevator Quest sweeps the reader into a fun and exciting adventure. The fantasy world these people enter has a distinct game-like structure that reminded me a little of Sword Art Online. Emmanuel M Arriaga keeps the adrenaline levels high for most of the book, which forces his characters to evolve and adjust on the run. Elevator Quest has a large cast of characters that includes a good balance of diverse backgrounds and ethnicities, as well as a fair mix of male and female characters. This instantly makes Elevator Quest more relatable and realistic overall, although I admit that I had trouble keeping track of those characters who had less dialogue and direct involvement. Although the plot lacks depth for the most part, the ending introduces an intriguing explanation for the strange events. Elevator Quest is a captivating, action-packed thrill ride.