Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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.--Goodreads
Wow!! This was an adrenaline pumping, nail biting adventure. This is a fast paced book with all kinds of twist, turns and surprises. Dashner put together an outstanding cast of very strong characters in this book. Thomas, Minho, Newt, Alby, Teresa, among others are very bold and admirable teens trying to find their back home and out of the Glades. They never give up their quest to solve the mystery of The Maze even, at times, when they are overwhelmed with unrelenting feelings of hopelessness when each day just leads to the next with no solution in the foreseeable future. This was an extremely enjoyable book and I would recommend it to all Dystopian fans. If you likes The Hunger Game, Catching Fire, Lord of the Flies you will be highly satisfied with this book. I am looking forward to reading the sequels, The Scorch Trials#2( release date 10/06/2010) and The Death Cure#3(2011).
What I didn't like: It had NO romance..ok maybe just a teeny tiny pin prick of some but that's it.
What I did like: This book is inspirational. These kids never give up.
Some quotes I liked:
Thomas: What did we do differently?
Minho: I don't know. It's kind of hard to ask a dead guy what he did wrong.
Chuck: Good luck. If your girlfriend gets lonely for you, I'll giver her some lovin'."
Thomas rolled his eyes. "She's not my girlfriend, shuck-face."
"Shouldn't someone give a pap talk or something?'" Minho asked
"Go ahead," Newt replied
Minho nodded and faced the crowd. "Be careful," he said dryly, "Don't die."
"Great. We're all bloody inspired." Newt answered
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