Normally, I do all I can in order to read a book before I see the movie version. This one, though, slipped by me. I happened to get some advance screening tickets for me and my family, so we went. Going made my husband want to read the series; it made me want to at least put it on my TBR list. I found a paperback copy for sale, so I decided to buy it and read it for my summer book challenge. I am very glad I did.
Yes, it’s a dystopian novel, a genre that Hollywood has gobbled up with a snow shovel. “We can sell movies to males and females, ages 12 and up, and make a gazillion dollars!” I thought the movie was well-done, and apparently, so did the movie moguls, since they are making the sequel. The source material, ie., the book, was followed (in the ways that matter) to the T. Yes, I pictured the version of the Glade that was created for the movie, but since it’s been a while since I saw the movie, I don’t think that I totally overlaid the movie on the book.
Thomas has no idea where he is or how he got there. He wakes up in a metal box, boys’ faces peering down at him. He has no memories, though he knows what things are. And he knows his name. No one seems to want to answer any of his questions. They don’t seem to have time for him. Only one boy named Chuck, who seems younger than him, sticks around. Chuck is excited that he is no longer the Greenie. They’re in the Glade, a huge area that is surrounded by walls that are incredibly high. They seem very self-sufficient here, with a house and animals and crops. Slowly, Thomas finds out that each boy arrived in the same way that he did, and the first boys came two years ago.
There’s a maze outside of the walls, with four doors that open each day at the same time. Several boys are runners, and they go out into the maze every day to map the area. There has to be a way out, and the boys are convinced that if they solve the maze, they will get out. You don’t want to get caught out there overnight, because no one survives the Grievers. At worst, your’re dead. If you’re lucky, you’re only stung. But then you have to go through the Changing. Which causes you to remember some of those lost memories from before the Glade. But no one who’s been through the Changing ever talks about what they recall.
What happens the next day floors all of the boys who have been there longer than Thomas. The alarm sounds, which only means one thing. Another boy is arriving in the box. An entire month early. Then there’s a second surprise. It’s a girl.
The Maze Runner by James Dashner was published October 6, 2009 by Delacorte Press. This book was a purchase.
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction Dystopian Thriller Series
Ages: 13 and up
COYER Scavenger Hunt #78: Read a book that one of your Goodreads friends has given 4/5 stars and that another Goodreads friend has given 1/2 stars. (5 points)