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Book: Maze Runner

  • Author: James Dashner
  • Goodreads: 4.03/5
  • Parkville Station: 7/10

The Maze Runner starts with intrigue. Nothing is explained, we don’t know who anyone is or why anyone is there. From there it pretty much keeps you on the edge of your seat until the end. I mean, only half on the edge of your seat. You’re still mostly comfortable, but it’s digging in a bit. It’s a little like watching Rubio and Cruz fight it out on Super Tuesday – close, but not very important.

With equal parts suspense and action, so long as you keep reading you’ll keep wanting to read. Stuck in a glade surrounded by moving walls and hidden monsters, the protagonist Thomas and his new friends the ‘Gladers’ must learn to survive. The main characters are multifaceted enough that if you can believe the far-fetchedness of the plot, you’ll buy them as real people, albeit real children. The book is vaguely reminiscent of Lord of the Flies, but without the terrible sense of sadness about the human condition you feel at the end.

The fifth book in this pentalogy will come out in September year. It will be the second of two prequels to Maze Runner, which has two sequels. I know this is confusing.

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