Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

I finally found a dystopian fantasy that is almost as good as The Hunger Games. Thomas wakes up in an elevator with a severe case of amnesia. He doesn't know who he is, where he came from, or how he ended up in The Glade - a verdant space enclosed by immense concrete walls that close every night and open in the morning revealing an endless ever-changing maze. The Gladers aren't surprised by Thomas's arrival; every two weeks supplies and a new Glader are sent from an unknown provider via an elevator. Strangely enough, two weeks after Thomas arrives, a girl is sent for the first time (all the Gladers are boys) carrying the cryptic message: She's the last one. Ever. Thomas decides to join the Mazerunners, a group of boys who map the maze by day and analyze the results by night, trying to find a way out. Their progress is impeded by Grievers, a nasty combination of slug and sword that come out at night. A fast-paced book full of plot twists with an ending that leaves you wanting more. Don't miss the trailer on the official Maze Runner website.