Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Food to eat while reading: Harmony Hominy Soup

It’s about time that I wrote a review for this excellent book. When my Amazon account notified me that my pre-order of The Scorch Trials had shipped yesterday, I decided I had better write it.

Read the synopsis here

What I liked:

The opening of this story is irresistible. A boy in a metal box who remembers nothing about his past and finds himself in a community of boys reminiscent of Lord of the Flies? Now who can resist reading on?

I love the voice of Thomas in this book. He is unique and consistent throughout the entire novel.

Dashner plays the suspense and intrigue perfectly. Just when I think I can’t stand to be in the dark anymore, he explains a bit more of what is going on. Every chapter pulled me along and forced me to keep reading.

Dystopian novels are trending right now and Maze Runner is a fresh story that leaves you wondering what happened to the world, instead of showing you the aftermath. I have mixed feelings about learning all there is to know about Thomas’ home; I want to figure it all out, but when I do the suspense will be gone. Even so, I can’t wait to read Scorch Trials.

What I would have changed:

Everyone seemed to know more than Thomas when he came into the Glade. It frustrated me that they wouldn’t tell him right away what they had learned about the place where they lived.

Dashner’s use of slang words were novel at first, but they pulled me out of the story and became a nuisance after awhile.

The verdict:

Make sure you have enough time for reading this fast-paced dystopian novel that will keep you up to all hours of the night until you are finished.

Purchase: The Maze Runner (Maze Runner Trilogy, Book 1)

Genre: YA, dystopian

Publisher: Hardcover, 374 pages

Published October 6th 2009 by Random House (Delacorte Press)

Where I got the book: Giveaway from Inspired Kathy at I am a Reader, not a Writer.

1 comment:

  1. I loved this book wrote a review like you at www.bmanbooks.blogspot.com , however, I must say that yours was much better and thought out.


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