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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Posted by Irish in 5 Stars, Review, Young Adult5 Comments

Review: The Maze Runner by James DashnerThe Maze Runner by James Dashner
Series: The Maze Runner,
Also in this series: The Maze Runner
Published by Delacorte on 06 October 2009
Genres: Abduction, Action & Adventure, Adolescence, Death & Dying, Dystopian, Emotions & Feelings, Friendship, Health & Daily Living, Mystery & Detective, Sci-Fi, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Survival Stories, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: Book Expo (BEA-ALA-et al)
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Goodreads
five-stars

Place(s) Traveled to: The Maze //  The Glade

First Line(s): He began his new life standing up, surrounded by a cold darkness and stale, dusty air.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner is the start of a new series published by Delacorte Books. This is the third book by Dasher and regular followers of my blog know that I read and loved his first book Journal of the Curious Letters….I have the second book, The Hunt for Dark Infinity, staring at me from high up on Mt TBR. I had plans to read it when it came out but it took forever to get my hands on it that I just haven’t had the time to squeeze it in. =( Though everything I’ve heard about it has been amazing. So with all those good things comeing from Dashner’s other books I was so excited to be able to get my hands on a copy of The Maze Runner at the Book Expo America. Such much so that I pretty much dragged several of my blogger friends along with me to his signing and made them all get copies. (Hopefully they are liking the book as much I did!)

Maze Runner starts off in an eerie way, a boy is trapped in the box and the box seems to be moving. When it stops and the top opens he is dragged out by a group of scraggly looking books all around his age. The only thing this boy can remember is his first name, Thomas. First names are all anyone can remember. And this mysterious place that Thomas finds himself in is called the Glade, which lies in the center of a maze. A maze where the walls are always moving and deadly creatures roam at night looking for a Gladers who didn’t make it back “home” before the doors closed. There is a set routine to life in the maze…runners run out daily looking for a way out. The boys are almost happy, that is until the unthinkable happens and a girl appears and she brings a horrible and cryptic message and life for those in the Glade will never be the same.

This book left me breathless. I was sucked in from the first page and couldn’t put this book down. I love Dashner’s imagination and the fact that he incorporates mechanically beasties into his stories. These creatures seem so real that I can pratically hear them moving about as I read. I wizzed through this book because I needed to know what happend. Why were the boys in the maze? Would they find a way out? And that ending?!?!? Gah!!! Such a bloody cliffhanger that I was cursing James Dashner (just a bit) because I NEED to know what happens next. My only consolation is that there is a next but as THIS book isn’t out until October I have a long wait ahead of me. *sobs* If you like dystopian novels then you will like this book. Its a fast paced read that keeps you engaged with the need know. I think that this is far and away Dashner’s best book to date and I can’t wait to see what else he has up his sleeve.

irishdarkblue
five-stars

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