Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Finally Free of the Maze :(

It just occured to me, that for the life of me I cannot do a normal title.  I can't just say The Maze Runner Review.  I just can't bring myself to do it.  I must truly abhor the normal...  speaking of normal.  This AMAZING book was anything but!  Here's a some what brief summary. 

Synopsis:When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. He has no recollection of his parents, his home, or how he got where he is. His memory is black. 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 expanse enclosed 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, for as long as they could remember, the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night, they’ve closed tight. Every thirty days a new boy is delivered in the lift. And no one wants to be stuck in the maze after dark.
The Gladers were expecting Thomas’s arrival. But the next day, a girl springs up—the first girl ever to arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. The Gladers have always been convinced that if they can solve the maze that surrounds the Glade, they might be able to find their way home . . . wherever that may be. But it’s looking more and more as if the maze is unsolvable.
And something about the girl’s arrival is starting to make Thomas feel different. Something is telling him that he just might have some answers—if he can only find a way to retrieve the dark secrets locked within his own mind.

Review: So I have been reading this for a few days, the only reason I wasn't done in one day being because of school, prom, and work, and I finally finished it at about one in the morning last night.  Yes I COULD NOT put it down!  I was literally saying in my head "Got to finish, got to finish, got to finish!" I was that hyped up towards the ending.  True to it's name, the whole books plotline is similar to a maze.  I never once guessed how it was going to end.  I was truly completely at a loss the whole entire book.  It sucks to not have one little inkling of what's truly happening, but at the same time it's awesome.  In a world full of teenage boys, things tend to get crazy.  Even though it's essentially an all male cast, I still was able to connect to the characters.  Living day to day, not knowing who you were, where you came from, or if you would ever be able to escape the Maze would be horrifying.  Creatures like the Grievers, meant to keep them from venturing out into the Maze at night, were truly scary.  Everything is steeped in mystery and misdirection so you never know the truth of anything that happens or why it happens for that matter.  However, the reader is not alone in that feeling, the characters themselves are just as lost and confused as you are.  The writing was suspenseful, terrifiying, thrilling, and just all-together amazing.  I went into the novel thinking it was just one book, end of story.  I'm thrilled to say that that is not the case!  This is the first installment in a fantastic new trilogy, that I am eagerly awaiting the next book of!  You will love and hate the ending.  It brings triumph and tragedy, and leaves you eagerly waiting for more!  In my ramblings I failed to mention that I found an awesome book trailer!  Just follow the nice, handy dandy, Linky!  It really captures the mysteriousness and the horror in the book!  Props to whoever made it!  Fantastical job! 


Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

Brilliant thoughts! I adored this book....absolutely loved it! :)