Series Review: The Maze Runner Trilogy

I don’t know about you, but I think one of the worst feelings in the world is finishing an incredible book, and then realizing you have to wait an entire year for the next one to come out. Oh the agony! So I thought I would post on an amazing trilogy whose last book is coming out next month. For those of you who have not read James Dashner’s, The Maze Runner Trilogy, there’s plenty of time to read the first two books before the third one comes out, and all the action will be fresh in your mind. For those of you who have read the first two and are anxiously awaiting The Death Cure, I feel your pain, but don’t worry because the final installment makes all that agonizing waiting worth it.

Light on romance and heavy on edge-of-your-seat action, this series is perfect for upper middle school and high school boys. I would also recommend it to fans of The Hunger Games. Here’s a quick synopsis of the three books and I will try my very hardest not to include any spoilers for those of you who haven’t read this crazy awesome series yet, and I apologize in advance if any slip out. Unfortunately, that means that my descriptions might be pretty vague as the books go on.

The Maze Runner (2009) – When a group of boys pull Thomas out of a metal box, the only thing he can remember is his name. The boys and Thomas are stuck in the Glade which is surrounded by four giant stone walls with doors that close each night to protect the boys from vicious creatures called Grievers. Outside the walls is the maze, and runners go out each day to map the changes made to the maze each day. As Thomas struggles to adjust to this bizarre life, something unprecedented happens. A girl is sent to the maze uttering the words “The end is near” before falling into a comatose state. The boys discover that an organization called WICKED is behind all the madness. WICKED is testing the boys, and as conditions in the glade start to deteriorate, Thomas, Teresa, and the rest of the gladers must work together to solve the maze and escape with their lives.

The Scorch Trials (2010) – Here’s where I start getting vague. Thomas and some of the gladers have escaped the maze only to be told that they have to cross the hottest climate on earth, named The Scorch, in two weeks or they will die of a virus. Facing decapitating molten steel balls, electrical lightning, Cranks (people driven insane by the virus), and bitter betrayals, Thomas and his friends must beat the odds to survive.

The Death Cure (Coming out October 11th, 2011) – Rejoin Thomas on his quest to prove once and for all that the WICKED organization who has made his life a living hell is still lying to all of them.  They’ve survived the horrors of the maze and the brutal heat and violence of the scorch.  Now Thomas and his friends are bringing the fight to WICKED itself.  Will they be able to stop them?  Or was WICKED right all along?  James Dashner does an incredible job of wrapping up the series, and I for one wanted to go back and re-read the entire series when I finished.

So if you’re looking for some heart pounding, non-stop action, put this series on your list!

Lindsey L.