If you’ve been around my blog for a bit, you know I have a soft spot for YA dystopian novels. I’ve been wanting to read The Maze Runner since I first saw the preview of the movie. I refused to see the movie though, until I read the book, so I figured it was about time. Especially after my roommate read the whole series in about a week and the book is $1.99 on Amazon. Nothing to lose right?
If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.
Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.
Everything is going to change.
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
Remember. Survive. Run.
This is very much a book for the intended YA audience. I don’t mean that in a negative way at all either. The style, the verbiage…while I don’t read a ton of YA, this is one of the first I felt was suited mainly for the age group, whereas I think Hunger Games and Potter reach beyond their intended market. Not that I didn’t enjoy it, although there were a few things that irritated me (like how people initially treated Thomas), but I could notice the difference. The plot was a mix of Lord of the Flies (I blame that one the fact that all I remember about that book is there’s a group of young boys surviving in a jungle, a total jerk and a sad ending of Piggy), rather gruesome deaths, an apocalyptic world, mystery of the Creators and toss on a scoop of the Dharma initiative.
There were some parts of the plot I figured out or expected and other twists I didn’t see coming. Yet, the twists and still elusive overall plot are enough for me to pick up the rest of the series, especially after reading the epilogue. Who are these people?! If you follow my blog, this might be a good point of reference: I’m much more interested in finishing this series than Divergent.
I have the movie waiting for me and am looking forward to seeing it on the big screen. While no Hunger Games, if you enjoy YA dystopian, I think this will fit the bill of a quick and enjoyable read.
Have you read this series or seen the movies? What are your thoughts on it?