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message 1: by Becca, The Mind Behind The Awesomeness. And Lover of Penguins. (new)

Becca (beccatheawesomeone) | 365 comments Mod
Here you can post reviews for your recent reads for points. Review away!


message 2: by Andrea (new)

Andrea Diaz (literarygetaway) The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1) by James Dashner
Title: The Maze Runner
Author: James Dashner
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Pages: 374
Source: Public Library
My Rating: 5/5 Stars


Everybody is always ranting and raving about the awesomeness that is in the works of James Dashner's 'The Maze Runner'. So, when I walked into my library and saw it sitting there calling my name, I had to pick it up. The cover is boring when you first look at it. There isn't anything that's really eye catching. It's plain. The font is just..there. I was pretty sure I'd hate it for all it was worth.

I started reading the book out of curiosity. I told myself that I wouldn't read it until I finished all the books I was reading first. I figured, "Hey, why not? Just one chapter won't hurt anything." Oh, was I completely wrong. Apparently I didn't know what I was getting myself into. After reading the first chapter, I was hooked. Something about it sucked me in! Maybe it was the fact that this boy, Thomas, finds himself sitting there in the darkness of unknown territory without any memories of his life other than his name. It might have been the fact that only teenage boys of the male gender resided in the Glade. Or, it could have even been the weird dialect of the language. Either way, I devoured this book! It's one of those books that you don't want to finish in one or two days because you never want it to end, but you can't help it! I simple just couldn't put it down.

The story starts out with Thomas sitting in pitch-black darkness with no memories of a life he was sure he once lived. When light finally makes it's way to him, he realizes he isn't alone. Several dozens of boys, all around the same age, help him up out of the somber hole. They speak English, but with a weird, selective vocabulary. All seems casual in the Glade aside from having no adults present and having their memories wiped. Every month on the same day, a new boy is subjected to the Glade. But, the day after Thomas arrives, a girl is delivered, unconscious and with a message, and all hell seems to break loose.

This book is absolutely fantastic, a new favorite series for me! I'm already almost half way through the second book and it only get's better. I highly recommend this book to everyone that loves a good dystopian read. I laughed, I bawled my eyes out, and I hoped. I had so much hope for the characters of this story, but sometimes, all the hope in the world can't help them against the evils that find them. I never thought I'd say this, but it sure blows 'The Hunger Games' out of the water!


message 3: by Becca, The Mind Behind The Awesomeness. And Lover of Penguins. (new)

Becca (beccatheawesomeone) | 365 comments Mod
You get 5points, Andrea. Congrats! Now I need to read that!


message 4: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine (jazzyjams) | 183 comments Mod
Ooh! Points! I think I'll write up a review now then... If only I could focus long enough to make it make sense...


message 5: by Andrea (new)

Andrea Diaz (literarygetaway) Becca wrote: "You get 5points, Andrea. Congrats! Now I need to read that!"

Thank you :) Where do we keep track of our points?


message 6: by Becca, The Mind Behind The Awesomeness. And Lover of Penguins. (new)

Becca (beccatheawesomeone) | 365 comments Mod
I will occasionally post the points in the Points thread. Sometimes I will send out a message. The next message should be coming soon:)


message 7: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Terrington (thewritestuff) Only YA reviews I presume to specify...


message 8: by Becca, The Mind Behind The Awesomeness. And Lover of Penguins. (new)

Becca (beccatheawesomeone) | 365 comments Mod
Yes.. I guess you could probably review (appropriate ) adult books. Please nothing like Fifty Shades of Grey.


message 9: by Jonathan (last edited Sep 26, 2012 12:09AM) (new)

Jonathan Terrington (thewritestuff) Review of Enclave:
Enclave (Razorland, #1) by Ann Aguirre
3 stars

This is the kind of novel I'd describe as: a 'science fantasy post-apocalyptic novel with minor dystopian elements written for Young Adults.' And as such Enclave is a great novel, an entertaining novel. But it doesn't really go anywhere satisfying for me in the end since it's part of a continuing series. Not to mention that elements of Enclave were, to say the least, quite dry and dull, the 'romance' was not terrific at all but seemed like it was thrown in 'because every YA reader loves a good romance' or rather because the author wants to build to something in future books. That's fine but I thought it could have been hinted at rather than blatantly be written with mediocrity.

Enclave is set in a future where human civilisation has been destroyed as we know it. People live on a desolate surface landscape or they seek safety in enclaves underground. Deuce is one of the enclave dwellers and we meet her as she comes into her name-day. This being the day she becomes an 'adult' and is ritually scarred to represent her class in the enclave hierarchy (breeder, builder, hunter). Deuce becomes a huntress and as such is assigned to the enigmatic (and...surprise good looking*) Fade and the two of them work together hunting down and killing Freaks. Freaks are like mutated zombie creatures that have arisen in this holocaust damaged world. Anyway so the plot progresses and eventually works towards kicking Deuce and Fade out of the enclave (turns out the government system of the enclave is not so secure as everyone thinks). What happens after that is a quest for survival.

Enclave was reasonably well written if a little dry in places where you would expect a touch more flowery or emotive language. However that did serve to add a little to the dark, grim atmosphere of the novel. On the whole it's not the best written YA novel I've ever read but definitely better than other YA novels I've read. However compared to the other books I've read recently I'd recommend the Brotherband series and Legend over this.


*Can someone tell me why every YA book seems to have really good looking characters? I mean you never seem to read (save where the character has a defect or disease) that they were plain looking or ugly.


message 10: by Amy (new)

Amy (aimzees02) | 83 comments Andrea - I TOTALLY agree about Maze Runner. It's those hooks at the end of every chapter... It's like GAH!! I was just about to go to bed and then THIS HAPPENS???? I regret to inform you, however, that the books get progressively worse.... I couldn't make myself finish The Kill Order (the prequel) it was so bad.

Jonathan - I actually just finished Outpost which is the sequel to Enclave!!! I didn't expect a second book since the first one wraps up so nicely, but the second one doesn't disappoint!! The freaks are getting smarter and life inside Salvation isn't as wonderful as Deuce hoped it would be.... BWAH HA HA!!!


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