Book Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Boy, do I have an exciting (if a bit violent) book to share with you today!
When Thomas wakes up, he finds that he has been placed in the center of a giant maze. He's not alone. About 50 or 60 other boys are there along with him in the Glade. None of the boys remember anything about their lives previous to entering the maze.
For two years, one new boy has been placed in the maze every thirty days, so they were expecting a new arrival when Thomas came through the Box. However, the day after Thomas showed up, a girl comes through the Lift, half dead, and bearing a strange message.
This book will appeal to fans of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, and Uglies by Scott Westerfeld.
As for cleanliness, like I said, this book is a bit violent. You'll probably want to preview it before handing it to your kids. If you've read The Hunger Games or Ender's Game, the violence level is similar to those. There is also a lot of fake swearing. The boys are always using their made-up curses (klunk, shank, slinthead....)
Anyway, I really enjoyed this book...couldn't put it down until I'd read the last word....and now I'm hungry for book 2!