The Maze Runner (375 pages)
By James Dashner
"If you ain't scared, you ain't human." (Pg. 2)
“Just follow me and run like your life depends on it. Because it does.” (361)
Why I read The Maze Runner
Life, Death, or Book?
Top 3 terribly good bits
2.) Every puzzle has a moment when pieces begin to fall into place, maybe not completing the puzzle entirely, but giving enough of a picture for you to speculate at the end result and build excitement. The execution of this key part of the story is impeccable because, for the first time I can remember, I reached the conclusion at the same time the characters did rather than before due to being an omnipresent third party, James Dashner wove a web so tight and conforming that you don't see what is going to happen until it already has. I love the way that he manages to keep such secrets and surprises not only from his character but also from the readers themselves.
3.) Much as I enjoyed the revamp of dystopia, I also enjoyed (Slightly afraid that I'm the only one who made this connection) the "throwback" to one of the original horror stories in the use of a maze in connection with the Greek myth of the Labyrinth. Every since I was a young child I have enjoyed myths and having a large element of one of my favorite Greeks myths in such a well written book was a huge bonus. Not something most people would see or think makes a book good but it makes a huge difference to me to have elements I have just begun to enjoy combined with elements that I have enjoyed my whole life, I guess you could say I like the consistency of my choice in books.
Bottom of both barrels
2.) While earlier on, i talked about how much i enjoyed Dashner's spin on a dystopian novel I'm going to argue with myself a bit here. While I liked the direction he took the dystopian idea, I honestly wish he had written a different genre as he obviously is a very good writer and could easily do it but with the Hunger games/Divergent craze running rampant still I feel as if writing a dystopian story is a bit of a cop out and jumping on the bandwagon created by The Hunger games and Divergent, almost as if they could have been written merely to sell due to the success of the other dystopian books.
*Technically not a connection to me but it still weighs on my mind and it did help in my support and advise to my friend so I hope it counts