Saturday Softcover: The Maze Runner series by James Dashner

Easy as A, B, C . . . from HA

Picture yourself waking up in a huge, old, rusty cargo elevator grinding its way upward; no light, just darkness. Oh—and just for good measure—you have no memory of who you are, why you’re there or what awaits you when you reach your destination.

So starts The Maze Runner, a series of three books (four if you count the prequel) by author James Dashner. I read the three—The Maze Runner, Scorch Trials, and The Death Cure—one right after the other because the story wouldn’t let me go. I’m glad I wasn’t introduced to this series until it was completed: I didn’t have to wait to get to the next book.

When the elevator stops, the roof opens and staring down at you is a group of boys of varying ages. They toss you a rope and haul you up into “The Glade.” Welcome to your new life. A life of nothing but questions with no answers (it seems all 40 of the boys, ranging from about 14 to 18, have no memory of their time before they entered The Glade. The only objective appears to be survival and solving the mystery of the Maze that surrounds The Glade.

Dashner writes of a dystopian Earth, plagued by the aftereffects of massive solar flares that scorched the world, making much of it a barren wasteland. Throw in a disease known as “The Flare” that, over time, renders the victims completely insane—think zombie-attitudes without the being-dead part. As the complex story unfolds, it appears the residents of The Glade may be the cure. Shhhh—I don’t want to give away too much of the plot.

This is a YA novel/series, but speaks to all ages. Plotting is tight, characters are well-defined, each with their own personalities and talents. Dashner makes the world real. It will draw you in and keep you held prisoner until the very end.

All the books are available at The King’s English Bookstore and, of course, Amazon.

Did I mention Dashner lives in the Salt Lake City area?

See you day-after-tomorrow for Monday’s Moans

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