The Maze Runner by James Dashner
I found this book just roaming around in Barnes and Nobles
looking for something that wasn't reality. Truthfully I was
looking for a story like Deadly Little Secrets by Stolarz,
but instead found this riveting story. For everybody that liked
the Hunger Games, this book is right up that lane. A
teenage boy who has no memory besides his first name gets shot up
in a world where other teenage boys figured out a crude
government that consists of leaders and workers. This book is a
guaranteed page turner and a story that has a lasting effect.
Tom, a boy about sixteen, ends up in the glade and many boys are
talking in a slang that he doesn't understand. As the story
unfolds Tom, and the reader, starts understanding anymore. There
are certain jobs to produce food and to clean, but the highest
job to get is called the Maze Runners. It's the scariest, but the
one that Tom wants. The glade is surrounded by a maze with high
walls that close every night to keep the disturbing things that
kill the "gladers" out while the maze itself changes around.
Nobody wants to go out during night, but the few chosen kids that
are out there in the day run for their life memorizing the paths
to solve the impossible maze. As Tom starts to understand in that
very first day what his new life is about, something happens that
is so unexpecting, nobody is sure what to do.
A girl has arrived.
This girl brings along with her a terrible message. She points to
the sky and says one simple phrase, "Everything is about to
change" before falling unconscious. Tom is taken by surprise and
yet the girl pushes his memory and wraps him up into a whole new
confusion. One he knows that has to be solved to figure out what
the outside world holds.
The Maze Runner holds a gripping plot and lets a reader's
imagination soar as they try and figure out what's going on. This
is definitely one of my favorite books and I'll read it many
times over again. If you want a thrilling tale filled with the
perfect mix of everything this is your book. I can proudly say
that I can give this book an A. The only reason this book doesn't
get an A+ is because I know I have to wait for the second one to
I'm not sure I'll make it.
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