September 20, 2018 by TinyNavajo
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
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*Published August 24, 2010*
This was on my 2018 Beat the Backlist challenge by NovelKnight, and that’s really the only reason I read this book. It was interesting, I will give it that. I liked this type of dystopian, but it didn’t really take me into a world that was extraordinarily different.
The first thing that Thomas sees when he wakes up is that he is in an elevator shaft and he has no solid memories, other than his name. When he comes up, he’s surrounded by boys, all around his age and been living in the Glade for quite some time. As he gets used to his new living situation, Thomas realizes that there’s a lot going on here that is not right but also feels familiar at the same time.
But when a girl comes up the elevator shaft, the first girl ever to come up the shaft, things take a turn for the worst. The doors that open to the maze the Runners try to solve each day; to solve the maze, they can hopefully get home, a home none of them no longer remember. But as the doors remain open at night, and the monsters that live there start to invade their safe space, the Glade. All of this starts to set off a chain reaction in Thomas’s mind, and he thinks he may be able to save the Gladers, if only he could remember what he’s supposed to do.
Now, overall, I did like this book. It turned out better than I thought it would. The problem though is that this is a dystopian book and that’s all that really is. There’s nothing amazing or fantastic, or mindblowing about it all. It was just a great adventure book in my book, but I’m not so invested as it read the rest of the books. Or if I do, I’ll borrow them from the library, rather than buy them myself.
What books from a certain time (dystopian, vampire craze, etc.) have you read? Did you enjoy them? Why or why not? Comment below and let me know!