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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Review: Maze Runner by James Dashner


where I got my copy: Barnes & Noble

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.

Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

Dystopian novels are rising on the popularity scale these days. While I think that Hunger Games is a pretty hard book to compare others too, James Dashner's Maze Runner can definitely be on the list of to read under this genre.

What a strange strange world the Glade was, smack right in the middle of a huge maze where teenager boys with penchant for weird lingo lives. I thought I would give up for reading the work "shank" and klunk" so many time! I cringe every time I read it. Is the use of such words really necessary? Aside from the Gladers choice for curse words and all other important information that you need to know about them mentioned at the blurb, the only thing that they remember is their name and how to do things that keeps them alive from day to day. Each any everyone of them have a chore to do. They are surprisingly organized and peaceful. I keep forgetting that they are kids not adults who are trying to figure out what they are doing inside the maze. Where in hostile creatures called the Grievers get locked up at night by a wall that close up all sections

I think Maze Runner is one of those books that you would have to develop an acquired taste for. You must embrace the strangeness of its world. I was only really pumped up when Thomas broke the number one rule of the Glade, and most especially when Teresa woke up. Don't get me wrong it was not boring, chapters before that part was essential for the readers to adjust to Thomas' world, it just seems too long for me. So when my friend Tina in GoodReads said that her friend gave up after chapter 5, I did not even question it because I almost gave up myself. But the mystery of who the Creators are and the true purpose of WICKED kept me going. And the codes! what is up with that? It was borderline sci-fi at that point and I still don't know how I feel about that but it was really an awesome read. Especially the ending! Talk about a cliffhanger, Maze Runner got an excellent one.


The Book Vixen said...

I want to read this one though I'm hesistant about it at the same time. If that make sense LOL

Laura Hartness said...

After enjoying The Hunger Games and hearing all the buzz about The Maze Runner, I gave it a try as well. And like you, I was kind of frustrated for a while. But I'm glad I stuck it out. And yes, what a cliffhanger! Can't wait for The Scorch Trials next! I'll come back to read your thoughts on that one as well.

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