Friday, February 22, 2013
Friday Reads: The Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner
Know what I am LOVING right now? The Maze Runner series by James Dashner. It's YA and seriously good post-apocalyptic fiction.
I picked it up after reading so many great reviews, but even going in I really didn't have any idea what it is all about. Even to the end of the first book, you don't really know what's happening. I'm currently on book 3 and am happy to know there is a prequel so I can still live in this world a little longer once I am done. I am going to try really hard to not spoil it for you...
Book One: The Maze Runner
I loved how this book set things up for the trilogy. It leaves the reader questioning what happened to bring them to this point and is a constant adventure to see how they will get out of it. When questions of who to trust and why they were all brought to this point arise - you really get to see these kids run to overcome. And get a seemingly strange happy ending that is cut short...and leads right into book two.
Book Two: The Scorch Trials
Book Three: The Death Cure
It is easy to see that the critical acclaim these books have received is well deserved. It is a very creative take on post-apocalyptic YA fiction that *surprise* doesn't consist of a girlie romance element like books like the Hunger Games and Divergent are. The world as it was known is over and it is hard to see who the good guys and the bad guys really are - even when you think you know the answer. The characters read honestly and while the writing initially struck me as unpolished, the ingenuity of the story sucked me in to a point where I don't notice it anymore.