39. Title: The Maze Runner
Author: James Dashner
Review in five words or less: Intriguing puzzle; engrossing, fast-paced.
Personal Rating: «««« out of five.
The only thing Thomas can remember when he exits the lift is his name. He steps into a community filled with boys who have all been in his situation. One new boy arrives every month, and it has been that way for two years. The boys adhere to a strict schedule, so no one really has the time to tell Thomas much of anything at first. He must struggle to acclimatize himself and figure out what's going on from observation.
The boys live in a giant maze filled with traps and vicious creatures. They have been trying to solve the mystery of the maze for two years to find a way out. It is the responsibility of the Runners in the group to go out into the Maze and map out their assigned quadrants. It's a quite challenge because the walls of the Maze move regularly. Thomas immediately wants to join the Runners because it feels familiar to him—he just can't figure out why.
Then a mysterious girl shows up in the lift and things change rapidly and become more dire. They must work quickly to find a way out. They must work together to survive.
This was extremely fast-paced and I enjoyed it a lot. With each new chapter, the mystery of the Maze continued to grow, and it was interesting trying to figure out why the boys were there in the first place. My theories didn't match up with the end result, but I was completely satisfied with how it ended. The only thing I didn't really like was the girl. Her attitude was irritating and she seemed completely out of place in the story.
The book ended with a rather fascinating cliffhanger, and I'm looking forward to reading the sequel. Highly recommended.
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