Wednesday, January 8, 2014

"I swear I'll get you back home"

the maze runner by james dashner

And baby, it's amazing I'm in this maze with you.

One day you're here, one day you're there.

You're so unfair.

Sorry, I couldn't resist.

On Monday, I finished reading The Maze Runner (2009). I stumbled upon the New York Times bestseller by James Dashner via this little list on Buzzfeed.com and was instantly drawn to it. 

[In case you are interested, you can check my reviews for The Book Thief and The Spectacular Now.]

One unlucky day, Thomas arrives in the Glade, a walled-in community of young boys, via a metal shaft. None of the boys have any previous recollections. Outside of the Glade lies the Maze, an ever-changing labyrinth populated with monsters, which the Gladers, or at least the Maze Runners, have been trying to solve for the last two years. The day after Thomas's arrival, Teresa, the first girl ever, is sent into the Glade. Before going into a coma, she warns the boys that everything is about to change. Events quickly shift into another gear.

I ran through Dashner's suspenseful bestseller like Minho runs through the Maze. Not so much for his writing, which I found, frankly, too descriptive and uninspired, but the frightening plot did effectively grab me by the throat early and never loosened its grip. Dashner was obviously inspired by Lord of the Flies (Thomas and Chuck have an eerily similar dynamic to Ralph and Piggy) and The Hunger Games (the Arena vs. the Maze, the Capitol vs. the Creators), but he did manage to create an original and wildly compelling narrative which will leave you grasping for more. 

Luckily, The Maze Runner also includes the first two chapters of its sequel, The Scorch Trials. I am so ordering that.

The chronically delayed movie adaptation, starring Dylan O'Brien and former Skins star Kaya Scodelario, is slated for a September 19 release.

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