Tuesday, October 20, 2009

James Dashner's teen dystopia "The Maze Runner"

James Dashner is not a new author. With his newest release, The Maze Runner, his total comes to seven. His previous books are all middle grade fantasy. This title, however, is a teen read--perfect for an older audience without the inappropriate contents that many recent releases contain. The blurb:

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. 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, open expanse surrounded 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 the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight.

And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.
Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade.

And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.
Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

You can read reviews here, here, and here as well as many other places on the web. Check out James' blog here, and the website Random House put together for the book is here.

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