Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

When the doors of the box open, Thomas isn't sure where is. He doesn't know why he's there. He doesn't even know who he is. All he has are random memory flashes of his life - his former life. The other guys who find him quickly fill him in on what they know: they've all been sent there, and there's a maze that they have to solve. If they can, maybe they can leave. But the maze changes every day, and there are creatures out there that want to kill the guys. Thomas is unsettled by the feeling that he might have something to do with why they're there...and he might be the one to get them out.

I think this might be a good title for people looking for a read-alike to the Hunger Games. It's not exactly the same, of course, and it's got a male protagonist, but there are some similar elements. The book is well paced and held suspense nicely over 375 pages. It looks like it will be the first one in a series, or at least the first of two. I'll be checking out the next book because I want to know what comes next for these characters, especially Thomas, and why exactly these people were chosen.

Find it at IndieBound.

Read it with:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

1 comment:

  1. I kinda hated this book. I picked it out because I'm salivating waiting for Mockingjay. So I chose this thinking it could tide me over. I thought it was a great big case of excellent plot ruined by sloppy terrible writing.