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I'm a costume designer, makeup artist, teacher, mom, sewer, knitter, baker, want-to-learn-how-to-do-it-all, blogging, Costumed Beagle enthusiast. I am not always pleasant, although through intensive cupcake therapy I have learned not to throw knives at people anymore.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Book Report: The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner
by James Dashner

William was given this book last year by a peer who loved it.  He liked it and as per the usual routine at our house, I read it too.
The author, James Dashner is another local guy.  We've got a lot of writers right here along the Wasatch Front.

The book is set in a post-apocalyptic world, that is made up of just a few dozen kids that live in a compound of sorts surrounded by a maze that changes every night.  They fend for themselves but get supplies sent to them once a week that periodically brings them a new kids who can't remember anything about themselves except their name.
The story revolves around Thomas, a newly arrived kid, who wants to be a maze runner--the kids who go out into the maze everyday to see if they can find a way out.
The maze is this horrific place patrolled by blade wielding machines...kids who venture out into it and get stuck out there at night when the compound's gates seal are never seen again.
While not overtly political yet, it seems like it has the potential to go that way.

It is a pretty violent book.  This might not be the best book for every YA kid.
That said, my 6th grade boy loved it.  It is the first in a series, but we haven't read any of the others yet.

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