Friday, February 12, 2010

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner:
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. He has no recollection of his parents, his home, or how he got where he is. His memory is black. 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 expanse enclosed 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, for as long as they could remember, the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night, they’ve closed tight. Every thirty days a new boy is delivered in the lift. And no one wants to be stuck in the maze after dark.
The Gladers were expecting Thomas’s arrival. But the next day, a girl springs up—the first girl ever to arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. The Gladers have always been convinced that if they can solve the maze that surrounds the Glade, they might be able to find their way home . . . wherever that may be. But it’s looking more and more as if the maze is unsolvable.
And something about the girl’s arrival is starting to make Thomas feel different. Something is telling him that he just might have some answers—if he can only find a way to retrieve the dark secrets locked within his own mind.

James Dashner adds a great story to the world of science fiction and the book is easy to visualize with James' descriptive narration. Every day they run the maze in hopes of gaining their freedom and when they finally discover the code that will lead them to it, they discover that something truly horrible has happened to our planet...and are they truly free? I could hardly turn the pages quickly enough to find out what was going to happen next as the book pulled me in with gripping intensity. The Maze Runner is full of adventure and mystery, I'm waiting to see what adventures the Gladers are taken on and what answers we might be given in The Scorch Trials.

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