Friday, September 4, 2015

The Maze Runner - James Dashner

***Spoilers:  If you're one of those people who hasn't read The Maze Runner yet, save this review for later, as there are a few spoilers.  If you don't mind knowing a few things that happen, read on.***
The Maze Runner, the popular fantasy novel by James Dashner, is certainly worth the read - but make sure you know that it has an open ending and is part of a trilogy.

The book opens with Thomas, our protagonist, being brought to the Glade in an elevator.  He has no memory of anything that has happened to him in the past.  No memory of family, friends, or even his name.  He meets several other people who live in the Glade, including Chuck, Minho, Gally, and Alby, amongst others.  The first day there is eventful and obviously frightening for Chuck.  The next day something even more frightening for the Gladers happens - another person arrives.  However, this person is different - because she's a girl.  She's the first girl the Gladers have ever had, and she's unconscious.  She wakes up briefly to let them know that she's the end.  The last one.  Then she's out again.

I don't want to give too much of this book away, because I really want you to be surprised.  So, as far as the story, I'll tell you this: the very basic premise is that the people in the Glade are trying to get out by solving a maze (which people called Runners go through every day to figure a way out.) 

Throughout the book, people die, survive griever attacks, fight, discover things about themselves, and learn something they never thought they would. 

The characters in the book are fairly well-developed.  The story kept me wondering from beginning to end, just hoping that the next page would be the one where they found a way out.  From the first Wicked beetle to the last griever attack, I couldn't wait to get to the end of the book.  It's dystopian and marvelous - and it's a book that anyone age 14 and older should read! 

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