Monday, September 29, 2014
Yes, I finally read THE MAZE RUNNER by James Dashner
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!