Sunday, January 10, 2010
"The Maze Runner" by James Dashner
Musings: The Maze Runner fits squarely within the YA dystopian genre that is so popular right now and is a favorite of mine. I worry about getting bored of the genre, but the Maze Runner did not fail in delivering an exciting and different storyline.
The strength of The Maze Runner is the mystery surrounding the boys and the Maze. Although the beginning chapters can be frustrating as Thomas (and the reader) struggles to figure out what is happening, Dashner does an excellent job of answering enough questions to keep you hooked while opening up new unexplained doors along the way. The mystery aspect really drew me in (perhaps even more than the characters who were interesting, but not especially unique) and kept me reading. The novel is the first in a trilogy, and The Maze Runner ends with enough questions answered to not be aggravating but so many more questions raised that I'm sure the next book will be just as engaging. I can only hope the answers to the questions are as interesting as the questions themselves.