Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Maze Runner, by James Dashner

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift. Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

     The Maze Runner was not even a bit a surprise. Compared to Divergent and The Hunger Games, it thrilled me that I would be emerged in the dystopic futuristic society type of reading again, which amazes and always inspires me to think out of the box. The Maze Runner is the kind of book I would say that pushes further my thoughts and ideas. 
    Mystery I believe is the best word to define this wonderful story. You never now what is to come, what you are supposed to expect, much less do the characters. The very first chapter already presents a mystery: Thomas is being lifted by an elevator and is in total panic. He gets to a glade - the Glade - and realizes his memory got wiped up. He does not remember who he is, where he had come from, or where he is. Nothing seems familiar. Adding more mystery to it, he is pulled out of the elevator box by a bunch of boys of all ages, but all are young like him, and they also do not know a thing about their lives or the purpose of them being there. 
     The boys have built their own way of living, have created an hierarchy and job functions for each one in the Glade. Thomas soon understands they are surrounded by a maze and that they are expected to find its exit. Also, every month the elevator box goes up with a new boy, exactly thirty days. Although they had been stuck in the Glade for about two years, things start to change after Thomas´s arrival. The next day he gets to the Glade, the box lifts again and a girl shows up - the first girl. She comes in a coma stage and wrapped around her hand there is a piece of paper carrying a message. 
     The Creators change the course of events in the Glade. The gladers are now forced to find a solution for their situation. But now that things have changed forever, no one knows exactly how to act or what to expect. Still, why are they there for? Some attribute it to Thomas´s coming to the Glade. Everything had changed since then. 
     Completly praised by the media, The Maze Runner has an enlightening plot, and I shall warn you dear reader, it´s vicious. Getting addicted to enveil mysteries and think out of the box when reflecting about a likely future for the humanity isn´t hard.
     I totally recommend this reading to all those who are not frightened to find out the truth. 

Depression after reading: 100%
Final Rating: 100%

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