All I can say is…
WOW. Did not see that ending coming!! At all.
No spoilers here though…at least I’ll try my best to not spoil anything.
The Maze Runner falls into a long line of dystopian society being saved by a teen/young adult who is also trying to figure out their love life at the same time genre. The Giver, The Hunger Games trilogy and the Divergent trilogy are not only the most popular books around these days but they are all getting movies to boot.
The story starts with a young boy named Thomas being introduced into a society via an underground elevator. His new community is surrounded by maze that changes daily and is patrolled by hideous half-machine/half-biological creatures that look like giant spiders. These creatures can sting with a poison that leads to death if not treated in time.
The whole community system is built around the idea and hope that the maze can be solved and there is freedom on the other side. They have no proof of either of these beliefs but every job in the community either directly or indirectly works towards these two beliefs. Thomas quickly becomes a runner and that is where the story really explodes into high gear.
Without spoiling the rest of the story, it’s not hard to see a larger metaphor being explored. The maze is taken for granted as being the result of a Creator or Creators. The maze MUST have some purpose, some meaning and it must be solvable. It would be either cruel or pointless to have a maze that can’t be solved or is a false hope.
Is life as we know just a maze that has to be figured out? What’s the role of the Creator or Creators of the maze? Are they benevolent or not? Can they see the pain and suffering? If so – why is there no action? If not – why don’t they care enough to find out? Why is the whole maze designed to defeat? Is there really only one person to figure it all out?
While similarities abound between The Maze Runner and the other stories in this genre, Maze has a pace all its own. There isn’t as much time wrestling the drama of the love story. Moral arguments and dilemma are played in real-time and the characters maintain their dignity while wrestling through those issues. The characters we meet seem…touchable. Like they each have their own back story and they are not just their to be fodder for the war that is inevitably coming.
But the most awesome thing about The Maze Runner is the twist at the end I never saw coming. And that’s a great start to a series.