Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

We all know pre-teens and teens who just love a scary book, so for Halloween, that’s what I’m turning to today.  I am taking Cathy’s suggestion from the scrlreads page on the library’s website.  She says for all young adult readers going through The Hunger Games withdrawal, this is a book for you.  James Dashner’s The Maze Runner is the first in The Maze Runner Trilogy and keeps you hanging onto the edge of your seat.

Sixteen-year-old Thomas has no memory of his former life when he arrives at the Glade and has no idea why he has been sent there.  He is taken in by the Gladers, the other boys who have been trapped in the stone-walled prison and begins to learn of terrible things that happen there.  He would have become accustomed to the Glade just as the other boys had if it weren't for the unexpected arrival of 'the girl'.  With her comes a message telling of great change about to come.  

The Maze Runner is an intense story that makes you want to read more of James Dashner's trilogy. School Library Journal suggests a Grade 6 – 10 level, but it seems to be finding an audience among adults as well.

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