If you haven’t read The Maze Runner, it’s a great young adult book by James Dashner. The first book in this trilogy came out in 2009, and I remember people telling me I’d like it if I liked The Hunger Games. I have finally read the first two in the series, and I saw the movie over Thanksgiving break. I can’t recommend the entire series yet, but if you like dystopia/utopia books, try this one. The second book in the series reminded me of The Divergent series.
From Goodreads: “If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.”
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.
Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.
Everything is going to change.
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
Remember. Survive. Run.
What’s unique about this book is that it’s all male characters (for a lot of the book). I have even considered reading it aloud to my freshman reading class, who are LOVING the segments of time I read to them each day. More on that later, but I’ve found YA books for males, especially lower reading level, difficult to find. This one is perfect!
All I ask is that you read the book before you see the movie!