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The Maze Runner by James Dashner is a brilliant page-turner for anyone who loves sci-fi novels, similar to the Hunger Games. The first in a trilogy, the Maze Runner is due for a major 20th Century Fox release later on this year. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, it follows a boy called Thomas as he finds himself deposited in a new place called ‘the Glade’ with no recollection of how he got there, his age, surname or any memories.
In a new community, the so-called ‘Gladers’ have their own professions and routines, all in a bid to one day find their way back. With approximately 50 other Gladers, Thomas is trying to find his feet, trying out professions and learning the ropes of what he can and cannot do, including asking questions to a bunch of kids who don’t much care to explain. With notions of having been there before, Thomas starts building friendships and finding out who can and cannot be trusted and what he is destined to do – becoming a Maze Runner.
James Dashner’s novel is a very quick read with an urge to find out what happens to Thomas and the other Gladers. Thomas learns about the Glade and the lives of the other Gladers such as Newt, Alby and Minho who he quickly sees as his companions. With some of the Gladers, including Minho and News having been there for two years already, having found no way out, Thomas tries to help, but is often met with frustration and annoyance by those who feel they’ve already tried everything there is.
The story develops with new-found suspicion from other Gladers as to Thomas’ role in the Glades, who seems to be more at ease with his surroundings than any of the others and with a determination to become one of the Maze Runners – the most dangerous profession in the Glades – that seems odd and risky. Thomas breaks the rules early on in the book, by running into the Maze after dark, and finds himself a victim of visions from ‘the Changing’, a process Gladers go through if they’ve been stung by the Maze’s evil creatures, the Grievers, that shows Gladers visions from their past lives.
If you love sci-fi this is a definite must read, especially if you’re likely to watch the movie later on this read. For a preview, here’s the official trailer to the movie, starring Dylan O’Brien and Kaya Scodelario.