A dark box containing a frightened, disoriented boy arrives once a month to The Glade. This time around, Thomas, our protagonist, is the latest to arrive. He doesn’t know why he has been sent, and he has no memories of his childhood. All he knows is one thing: his name is Thomas.
The odd thing is, it’s the same for all of the other youths he meets. The boys in The Glade don’t remember their parents, or their childhood. Their minds have been manipulated to only remember their own names. They don’t know why they’re stuck in this place away from the outside world. They all have jobs in their little Glade community, and go about their daily life, not bothering to try and make sense of it all. The boys in The Glade have tried that already and failed. Now their main focus is sustainability until they can make their way out of The Glade through the maze that surrounds them.
Praise: I really like the concept of The Maze Runner; the idea is smart. It’s another youth-dystopian sci-fi thriller; extremely hot in the market right now. It initially reminded me of Lord of the Flies; a bunch of boys living together and itching for power. But it proved to be more than that: The Maze Runner showcases the intelligence of the youths living in The Glade and how they work to make the community run smoothly in a democratic environment.
Criticism: I did find that the author, James Dashner, was repetitious, and the novel was quite obviously targeted to a much younger demo than me, so I’m sure that played a part in Dashner’s showing and telling at times. I had high expectations for this book, what with the movie coming to theatres this fall, and knowing people who have recommended it. I guess I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t always the page turner I thought it would be.
And while I’m not racing to read books two and three in the trilogy, I know I will pick them up at some point.
As for going to see the movie? The trailer looks amazing and seems to be more in the horror genre than I anticipated, so I’m sure I’ll be one of the people running to see it.
Check it out for yourself and let me know your thoughts!