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The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner - James Dashner Thomas wakes up surrounded by strangers in a maze. He has no memories of his past and no idea what he's doing in a maze. He doesn't even know his own age. Now, he has to find a way out.

The premise of this book is what drew me to it. It sounded really interesting, but there are so many brilliant YA dystopias that this one seemed unspectacular by comparison. It's a fast-paced book, but I had a hard time staying interested in it. I never felt a connection to any of the characters because their memory loss made them flat. How was I supposed to get to know them if they didn't even know themselves?

The author's writing style also made it difficult for me to get into the book. We were told over and over that Thomas is scared, frustrated, etc., but I never actually felt it. The world just didn't feel that scary to me.

This isn't a bad book. There are some unexpected twists. My favorite part was when Thomas started remembering his past because he became a lot more interesting after that. I'm not in a huge hurry to read the sequel, but I will probably read it eventually. The epilogue made me curious about what happens next.