Monday, September 29, 2014

Yes, I finally read THE MAZE RUNNER by James Dashner

Yes, I'm the last person on the planet to read The Maze Runner. I have no excuse. It's been on my list forever. People have told me to read it. But it took my student book club to pick it for me to finally get to it! I'm glad I did, especially since it's now a movie. I enjoyed it! It also led to the biggest book club meeting we've had. It's quite popular with teens and adults.

Your quickie summary: Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.

The mystery hooked me right away. I'm fascinated with how our memory works. Whether it's from trauma or by human's fiddling with the brain, as in typical science fiction fashion, memory loss is intriguing. The maze idea is original. Yes, The Maze Runner pre-dates a lot of other dystopians. But even so, reading it now, after having read more than my fair share of dystopians, it feels original. The writing is wonderful. The characters are unique and realistic.

I really appreciated the use of original slang. I was curious about it from the beginning. I wondered if Dashner used it to depict a future society where our language would naturally evolve or whether he used it so the kids could swear and it wouldn't be so harsh for readers. I found this great interview with the author and it answers some questions about the language. It appears to be a little bit of both. (That's a great interview, by the way. Go check it out.)

There is so much cool stuff online about The Maze Runner:
The author's website
The official site for the book
Videos and interviews

How could I not leave you with the trailer!