The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Now that I have read it I can say that I am happy that I did. I love post apocalypse books and I love it when they have a thriller/horror sense to them. This book had all of that put together.
Let me tell you a bit about the book:
Thomas wakes up in a strange machine knowing nothing else besides his name. When he comes out of the box he is in he is surrounded by a couple dozen other boys all around his age (which he isn't sure how old he is to begin with). The boys don't seem surprised to see him and they try to help him cope with where he is.
Though they refuse to tell him where he is or how he got there he begins to discover things on his own. This is what he learns:
1. All of the boys there have been sent, one a month at the same time, with no memory of how they got there.
2. Someone has created this place with the purpose of keeping these boys in, trapped in on all sides by large towering walls that is called the Maze.
3. The place he is in, called the Glade, is closed in every night at the same time for the night until morning comes.
4. At night strange creatures come out in the Maze and kill anyone who is still there.
There are people assigned to different jobs around the Glade, the most important being the Runners who traverse the Maze every day to map it out. Thomas doesn't know why but he feels like he has been to this place before and that he must become a Runner at all costs.
His chance may come when he gets trapped in the Maze at night while trying to save his new friends. But life in the Glade is about to be thrown upside down before Thomas even has a chance to get used to it.
When a woman arrives, the first one ever in the Glade and only one day after Thomas arrives, she brings a message to the Gladers: Everything is going to change.
The End is coming, people must chose sides, and they must find a way out of the Maze together or they will all die.
The author did an amazing job at creating the atmosphere in which the teenagers live. His mixture of foreshadowing and suspense makes for an amazing story.
The story itself moves quickly from the moment Thomas arrives. Thomas himself is a great character because he sees logic and questions what is around him, including himself, instead of just doing what he is told is the way of life in the Glade.
The other characters are loveable as well, each with a different personality and different role in keeping the story moving at a constant pace.
Due to all of this I would give the book a 4 out of 5 star rating!
Have a great day everyone and Happy Reading!