The Maze Runner by James Dashner

If you haven’t read The Maze Runner Trilogy yet, stop what you’re doing and go get the first book!

Thomas wakes up in an elevator shaft, not remembering anything about himself other than his first name.  As the elevator moves him higher and higher, a group of boys wait for him at the top.  They talk to each other in English, but Thomas doesn’t recognize many of the words they use.  “Look at that shank,” Thomas can hear one of them say.  As he makes it to the top, the boy who looks like the leader looks at Thomas and says, “Welcome to the Glade.”

Every 30 days a new boy shows up to the Glade.  No one knows why they are there, but they all have one common purpose – to escape.  Everyday a giant maze opens up surrounding the Glade and they send a group of runners out to map it and look for a way out.  Then every night the huge stone doors to the maze close and two terrible things happen.   The maze changes.  Every night.  And the grievers come out.  Part machine, part animal, and entirely deadly.  The boys have lost many to the grievers.

Every night, as soon as the runners get back into the Glade, they map every twist and turn.  They look for patterns and codes, any sign of an exit.  And they’ve never found anything.

The day after Thomas arrives, something so out of the ordinary happens that it throws the whole society on its head.  A girl shows up.  She arrives through the elevator half-conscious with a message.  She sits up and mutters, “Everything is going to change,” then passes out.  In her clenched hand is a note that reads, “She’s the last one.  Ever.”

The Maze Runner is so full of surprises that it keeps you on the edge of your seat, biting your nails as Thomas decides he wants to be a runner and tries to outmatch the grievers.  The end of this book will have you begging for the sequel, which luckily is out.  Currently being made into a movie, read The Maze Runner before the movie version is released!

Review by Annica, CLP -West End

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