The Maze Runner by James Dashner
(Delacorte Press, 2009, 374 pages)
The Maze Runner by James Dashner is a great Young Adult dystopian novel with a sci-fi edge. It is a suspenseful story filled with excitement, mystery, and tragedy. The characters are well developed and the setting is very detailed.
Thomas wakes in a strange elevator with very little memory about who he is and to make things worse he has no memory of how he got there. He is quickly thrown into an unfamiliar world called the Glade. There are fifty teenage kids that live inside the Glade and they have created a small community in order to survive. Located inside the Glade is a maze that is made of stone walls. At night the doors to the maze close and the walls change before it reopens in the morning. Creatures called Grievers live inside of the maze and terrorize any who dare to take their chance in solving the puzzle, which in turn is the only means of escape. Thomas becomes obsessed with finding a way out even though he knows that the end result could be tragic.
I would recommend this book to teens and adults alike who are looking for a book that moves quickly, has an intriguing story, and is a definite page turner. If you are a fan of the The Hunger Games series then this is a book you will want to pick up. I am looking forward to finishing the series.