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The Maze Runner by James Dashner
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Oct 05, 2016

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bookshelves: action-adventure, dystopian, guy-lit, ya
Read from January 07 to 22, 2011

I am a teen librarian and one of my patrons recommended this book to me. She told me if I like The Hunger Games I would like this book as well. The story is darker than the Hunger Games and left me feeling uncomfortable at times, especially during scenes involving the "Grievers," robotic blubbery, slug like creatures the size of cows that pursue Thomas and the other characters sent to a mysterious maze that appears to have no end. I know there is a sequel to this book and I was on the fence about reading it but now feel I have to. The Maze Runner does not have closure even though conflict was solved and the main characters appear to be out of harm's way for the moment. The epilogue completely ruined the end for me. Dashner should have made it the prologue for The Scorch Trials, the second book in the series. I feel like it was just a ploy to get readers sucked in to reading the next book, which, of course I feel like I have to do now.

I will recommend this book as I do feel it is has some good elements and would be an especially good dystopian fiction choice for a boy. I wouldn't say it is one of my favorites though - just OK.

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