I recently picked up and read the Maze Runner by James Dashner. I had heard about this book for a while, but had not wanted to get sucked into get another post apocalyptic series. I mostly read it because I told my friend that I would finish before he did and I think I did even though he was weeks ahead of me in the book.
SPOILER Alert! Since, I also recently saw the movie I will also be talking about the movie and some of the differences between the book and the movie.
The book begins the same way the movie does with an elevator shaft opening to a giant open field. The elevator shaft holds a boy named Thomas, who has been stripped of most of his memories. When Thomas first enters the field known to the rest of the inhabitants as the Glade he meets Alby,who tells him a bit about the place. Thomas quickly becomes fast friends with Chuck. At first Thomas does not understand why he’s in this place and everything that is going on, but he quickly becomes away of the different roles and realizes that for his stay here all he wants is to become a runner and solve the maze. The maze encases the Glade and every morning a group of boys is sent out to find out and track the different sections of it and find a way out. On a stroke of luck, Thomas goes into the maze to save Alby and defeats a maze monster as well as Alby back to the Glade to get treatment. Thomas gets the chance to become a runner and figures out a way to get out of the maze.
This is the part where the book differs from the movie. In the movie Minho and Alby discover that there is no way of the maze by mapping it with sticks and numbered sections. In the book the maze is mapped on paper and sections are only compared to the day before, so it takes a while before the group that lives in the Glade to discover that there is a letter and worded code within a set of drawn maps.
Thomas and several others of the Glade are actually able to escape the maze and life in the Glade only to discover that they are part of a trial and just when they think they are safe they are being set up for a new trial.
This book is pretty fast paced and left me turning page after page wanting to read more every night. I am probably going to get the rest of the series soon, just to see how it turns out. It is interesting to find out about an incurable disease that was discovered and that they need to create super human children to defeat this disease. Let me know if you have read this book or any of the other books in this series and what you think about them.