I really enjoyed myself with this book, it was written well, and had a great point of view, and a very interesting storyline. I do not know why I haven’t read it earlier! It was great, and if the school library has the next book in the series, I am fairly sure I am going to read it. I must say, I was a bit surprised by the ending of this first book (not giving away any spoilers, but let’s just say there was a... little blood spilled), but it is a futuristic sci-fi dystopian novel, what did I expect?
What are the boys doing in the Maze, you ask? Trying to escape, alive. But when a new person arrives for the first time just days after Thomas does, things soon begin to change for the worse. The scramble to find a way out of the Maze becomes more and more eminent, and soon becomes obvious as a necessity for their survival. Almost all of the teenagers have hopes of escaping the Maze and one day returning to their families and what they hope was a normal life, but as troubles arise, Thomas begins to wonder if their lives were ever normal in the first place.
This book was like a wonderful puzzle that you hand over to your brain to try to solve – it is so hard to figure it out, but you just can’t stop thinking about it. It forces you to keep reading, to keep putting the puzzle together, piece by piece, bit by bit, until you are left with the one piece that got lost some years ago in the move. It leaves you hanging – and wanting to buy the next book, the next puzzle, to fill in the missing piece.
I loved it– James Dashner is an amazing writer. If you are like the little boy in the movie the Incredibles, if when someone asks you this question: “What are you looking for?” and your reply is “I dunno, something AMAZING, I guess” then this is the book for you. I have no guarantees that you will love it – but I did.
I plead James Dashner to keep up the good work, and to not stop writing once this series is finished. I feel that he is a great writer, and who knows? His books might even start the next craze, if they get enough publicity.