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The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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Thomas wakes up in a cold metal box, disoriented, scared, and not altogether sure who he is.  Suddenly, he’s greeted by light and the faces of a group of boys he doesn’t know, welcoming him to The Glade.  It’s their home, surrounded by the looming stone walls of The Maze, an ever-changing labyrinth.  Their memories, like Thomas’, have been wiped clean.  Their lives are marked by order and routine, revolving around one thing: staying alive.
But suddenly everything changes.  Because, soon after Thomas’ arrival, a girl is brought to the Glade.  She’ll be the last.  And she has a message.  Everything is going to change.  Without his memories, or a clue why he or any of the boys were brought there, Thomas knows one thing: the maze is their only way out.  And he needs to find it.

This is a book that gives you more questions than answers.  Though the pace moves a bit slowly at times, there is an undercurrent of urgency that makes the book a fast read.  The details are vivid, and Dashner does a good job creating a world that is much different from other dystopian novels.  I recommend it for fans of other post-Apocalyptic YA fiction like The Hunger Games or Divergent, or anyone looking to dive into a suspenseful new series.

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