“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 empty.
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 encolsed 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 anyone can remember, the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night, for just as long, 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 nexdt day, a girl is sent up–the first girl ever to arrive in the Glade. And more suprising 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 find their way home … where 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.”
Oh, wow. This book is really something. Really.
The funny thing is, I’ve been meaning to start reading this book since forever. Okay, maybe not forever–but ever since I saw the cover and the title, I’ve been intrigued. It wasn’t until now though, with me having so much free time suddenly, that I finally found myself buying the book and reading it.
I loved it. Loved it, loved it. So much so that I already bought the second book and the prequel, and have the third book reserved for when the bookstore I haunt finally get a new shipment of the paperback version.
What is the book about? Read the synopsis, there’s not much more explaining needed. The synopsis actually tells around ninety percent of the story. So why do I like it still? Why, because of how it’s written of course.
The Maze Runner is a simple story on survival. But it’s no Lord of the Flies. It’s not Michael Grant’s Gone. When we enter the world James Dashner creates, there is already a pre-existing civilization. The confusion brought on by the unfamiliar terrain and jargon actually adds to what made the book work for me: there’s tension, there’s fear.
But what really made The Maze Runner an awesome reading experience for me was the main character: Thomas.
Thomas is pretty much a blank slate–except when he’s not. All his actions seem pre-programmed, which highlights the fear and antagonism felt by the token villain. Suddenly, the protagonist you’re rooting for is turned on his head. What if, all along, he was the villain?
It’s a great play on what is becoming a trope in dystopian young adult literature: the hero is plucked from a normal life, put in an unfamiliar world, and his experiences and the trials he goes through makes him (or her) a hero. That’s not what The Maze Runner is–
In this book, we start out the same way: plucked from normal life and put in an unfamiliar world, and then he gets accused as being the person responsible for creating this cruel world in the first place. Except, we readers don’t know if it’s true, because our anchor (Thomas) has no clear memories.
And then, suddenly, things become familiar for Thomas. And he himself begins to think that he might have had a hand in creating the maze. And then we readers no longer know what’s going on–and it’s exhilarating.
Suffice to say, I don’t really care that ninety percent of the book is already spoiled in the synopsis. I don’t even mind the fact that the remaining ten percent is a set up to the next book.
I loved The Maze Runner, and I’m looking forward to loving The Scorch Trials too.
Though, I am curious too as to what other people have said about the book. So why don’t we check out some of the ones available online?
A Thousand Wrongs
Clouds and Cuticle Oil
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