The Maze Runner is a film adaptation of a young adult, dystopian novel of the same name by James Dashner (published October 2009).
I watched the film recently before reading the book reviews and am glad I did. While the book reviews are mostly mixed-to-poor on Goodreads, the film fared better upon its release in September 2014.
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I was hooked with the premise right from the start when Thomas suddenly wakes to find himself ascending in a wire cage elevator to the surface. He's greeted by a group of similar teen boys who live in a green glade surrounded by high stone walls that comprise the maze that surrounds them. No one has any memory of where they came from or their previous lives though they shortly recall their own names.
Right away thoughts of Lord of the Flies by William Golding come to mind when we learn that the group has a marginal system in place to organize their daily lives. In this case, it doesn't get that extreme.
Thomas is more curious than most of the group who are content with managing life in the glade and wants to know what's going on. Within a few days he manages to get in with the 'runner' boys who investigate the maze every day trying to find a way out.
To add to the mix, the elevator box then delivers a girl, with a mysterious note saying she's the last to come, ever.
There are secrets in the maze which apparently changes form every night, hosts deadly creatures called grievers, and closes access to the glade upon nightfall. The teens believe that if you get stuck in the maze overnight, you never return.
I found the plot fascinating as Thomas, and Minho, the other lead runner, discover the dangers and secrets of the maze and a possible way out. The ending is nothing like what I was expecting. I'm looking forward to the second film, The Scorch Trials.
If you're looking for entertainment for the whole family (especially early teens), this is a great choice though the film runs at 1h 53m.
To follow news on the entire series, you will find James Dashner on Twitter Here