Book Review: Escape the System by Joe Barnes

Escape the System

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


What if you could feel inspired every day of your life? What if you got to work on the projects you love and could make a positive difference to the world?

Author, coach and hypnotherapist Joe Barnes presents the journey to escaping from a purposeless life, based on society’s expectations, to finding your passion and living the life you want. Inspired by the films Fight Club and The Matrix, and based on more than four years research into how history’s mavericks like Martin Luther King, Galileo, Muhammad Ali and Arnold Schwarzenegger overcame the System, Joe Barnes reveals the formula for succeeding on your own terms.


1. The system

What is the system?

What are the benefits of escaping it?

How to escape?

This book is full of thought-provoking bits and pieces, not all of them are pleasant but they do a good job at pushing the reader to question everything, especially the system as we know it.

2. The Matrix

I liked how the author used different examples of real-life people and fictional characters to get his point across. My favourite was the Matrix analogy, the whole blue pill, red pill dilemma.

3. Blue or Red Pill?

 If you were to choose, would you go for the  blue pill or the red pill? Would you pick a familiar and “comfortable” prison, or would you choose to awaken? Food for thoughts!

4. The escape

Many interesting examples are given as the Author develops an escape plan from the system. Some ideas I found intriguing, most of them I already knew but it was still interesting to revisit them from a different perspective.

5. The Final Verdict

In a nutshell, this book is definitely worth a read, you might not agree with everything the Author has to say but it will make you think and question your reality and that’s the whole point.

I would like to thank the Publishers, NetGalley, and the Author for sending me a copy of this book.

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