The Maze Runner (Maze Runner #1)
by James Dashner
Delacorte Press (Random House)
Suggested Ages: 12+
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Description: Imagine waking up one day in total darkness, unsure of where you are and unable to remember anything about yourself except your first name. You're in a bizarre place devoid of adults called the Glade. The Glade is an enclosed structure with a jail, a graveyard, a slaughterhouse, living quarters, and gardens. And no way out. Outside the Glade is the Maze, and every day some of the kids -- the Runners -- venture into the labyrinth, trying to map the ever-changing pattern of walls in an attempt to find an exit from this hellish place. So far, no one has figured it out. And not all of the Runners return from their daily exertions, victims of the maniacal Grievers, part animal, part mechanical killing machines.
Thomas is the newest arrival to the Glade in this Truman-meets-Lord of the Flies tale. A motley crew of half a dozen kids is all he has to guide him in this strange world. As soon as he arrives, unusual things begin to happen, and the others grow suspicious of him. Though the Maze seems somehow familiar to Thomas, he's unable to make sense of the place, despite his extraordinary abilities as a Runner. What is this place, and
does Thomas hold the key to finding a way out?
Mini Book Review: Totally hooked from the first chapter, this book is a fabulous addition to the dystopian genre. Sorta reminds me of a mix of The Running Man, Lord of the Flies, The Outsiders, Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games all mixed into one. I couldn't stop imagining the characters of Thomas and Chuck as Jon Snow and Samwell Tarly from The Game of Thrones. The storyline is exciting with tons of non stop action and plenty of twists and turns guaranteed to keep even the most reluctant reader entertained. It is quite bleak and violent at times so I wouldn't recommend it to the sensitive reader. I was sent the second book in the trilogy, The Scorch Trials to read, and now I am counting down the hours until the kids go to bed so I can finish it. I need to know what happens and what is really going on. Only complaint is that I felt as lost as the characters into what was happening, but I guess that's half of the enjoyment I guess, just left me a little frustrated and thinking WTF at times. Now hubby leave me alone and kids go to bed, Momma wants to read -- this might be a late night
I bought this from Chapters because I was intrigued with the storyline -- and read it now because I received the second book from Random House to review
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