The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Score: 4 1/2 stars
Imagine waking up in a metal box flying like an elevator all the way to the top. It's dark and scary and you don't remember anything in your life except for your name. Thomas, about sixteen, finds himself in what is called the Glade by the other boys there. All boys. About fifty or more and they call themselves the Gladers. No one knows why they're there or what their lives were like before the glade. But what they do know is this: The maze is their only way out. With mysterious creatures and haunting sounds of their presence, no one has ever survived a night in the maze once the doors close. Thomas thinks that nothing could get any stranger until the next morning, when a girl is transported in the box to the glade in a coma. This might not seem that strange to Thomas, until he finds out that there's only new Glader, a boy, brought here to the Glade once a month, on the exact day. Never two in the same month and week. Especially not a girl. And not only that, but she carries a note that seems to predict that everything they know will change. What's even weirder, he seems familiar in the Glade and knows somehow that he's meant to be a Runner, one of the guys who travels through the maze to try and find a way out. But as strange things start happening in the Glade, there's only question that everyone is asking: Is there really a way out of the maze? And if so, will they make it out alive?
1. This book is full of tons of action and adventure that really keep you interested and on the edge of your seat. From giant futuristic creatures to a sickness that leads to absolute insanity.
2. The story is well built and I have yet to find a book that is as original as this one. From the characters to the maze, from the Glade to The Creators, this book takes you through an exciting story of the power of teamwork, friendship and the will to survive the unknown.
3. This book is perfect for both girls and boys who like a little action and adventure as well as awesome fighting scenes and giant monsters that basically want to eat your face off.
1. At some points in the book, it does tend to get a bit slow during the chapters but picks up at a decent pace.
2. It was a bit difficult to read the language of the Gladers, seeing as they have their own slang such as the words klunk and slinthead but after a few chapters you get used to the slang and start understanding the meaning of it.
Age Recommendation: 13+
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