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The Maze Runner by James Dashner
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Jan 25, 2012

really liked it

Would give this 4 1/2 stars if that was an option. I read this at the urging of my younger (12 year-old) daughter and enjoyed it thoroughly. As I have written elsewhere (under a different name) the book is almost a Lockean alternative to the Hobbesian nightmare presented in William Golding's classic, Lord of the Flies. As such it is a fascinating piece historically, showing as it does a change in social and cultural perceptions of children and adolescents (particularly those of the male persuasion...) from the time when Golding wrote his book (1954). But quite apart from these considerations, the book is immensely entertaining: exciting, at times gripping, it is also well constructed and quite clever. I have to admit that I enjoyed The Hunger Games, another YA dystopian novel to which this book has been compared, somewhat more. But I still intend to read the rest of the series at some point. My daughter, I expect, will insist.
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