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The Maze Runner: Everything that usually happens in a dystopian YA book but that we always like

There is one girl in this book. And I liked it anyway.

That girl is also IN A COMA FOR OVER HALF THE BOOK. 

So, for those of you who also somehow avoided the plot of The Maze Runner until the end of 2015, it's like Lord of the Flies but with everyone being nice and polite (except maybe like two people. and also there's a maze). You (the main character, also known as Thomas) wake up disoriented in a metal box, which ends up opening in a big field called the Glade, which turns out to be....dun dun dunnn IN THE MIDDLE OF A GIANT MAZE. And there are runners who run through the maze. Will Thomas become a maze runner?? Probably!

This was awesome to read while working through harder stuff. It's eminently skimmable and the end feels like it actually needs a trilogy (or however many are in the series so far; I know it's more than three), because the story James Dashner is telling needs more than one book. 

Why are they in the maze! Who built it! Is there a way out! What're those creepy monsters inside it! And seriously how does Dashner get away with having 99.8% dudes in this book.

I didn't want to read it at all until I saw the movie trailer and I was basically like "Ooh those walls are super-big."


Dashner does a good job with diversity without making it seem like he's trying to have diversity. Which seems like a step forward in general for authors just portraying the world as it is. And I personally am grateful, because I'm looking forward to watching Minho in the movie. Mmm, Minho.

Yes, Thomas the Main Character is a carrier of Special Snowflake syndrome, but it's not overdone. So he's "The Best Maze Runner of All Maze Runners!!!" but it's kind of okay because he doesn't know why, because -- oh yes -- EVERYONE IN THE MAZE HAS AMNESIA. So they know what their names are and what objects in the world are, but they don't remember their personal histories at all. It's fine. Just go with it.

It's YA dystopian fiction. The world's probably gone to shit outside the maze, but exactly how isn't made totally clear by the end of the first book. There's also a big mystery that The Only Girl's involved in that I very much want to know the answer to, so I'm going to read the others in the series. For that reason. And also because I like groups of people working together. 

You can probably get copies at a library sale for like 25 cents, so I'd say go for it. Then we can talk about how great Minho is (by which I mean, he's a badass with big arm muscles, because no one really gets Character Developed in this book). 

The Maze Runner, I didn't think I'd like you, but you were surprisingly interesting.


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