4 Rabbles for a solid teen action-adventure!
No Teen Gets Out Alive ... or Do They?
Thomas wakes up in an elevator, remembering nothing but his own name. He emerges into a world of about 60 teen boys who have learned to survive in a completely enclosed environment, subsisting on their own agriculture and supplies. A new boy arrives every 30 days. The original group has been in "The Glade" for two years, trying to find a way to escape through the Maze that surrounds their living space. They have begun to give up hope. Then a comatose girl arrives with a strange note, and their world begins to change. There are some great, fast-paced action scenes, particularly those involving the nightmarish Grievers who plague the boys.
This book started out like a 100 yard dash race at the olympics. Fast paced, mysterious, and likeable. It grips you right from the beginning and won't let you go. Right from the start the theme was familiar. (Here's a hat tip to Lord of the Flies) But that's where the similarity ends. Up to date, modern, with creative language, this book has less in common with William Golding's 1954 classic novel than most reviewers have been claiming.
Although the theme may have started the same, the story itself takes on a new and fresh perspective on the dystopian genre. The writing is excellent with non - stop cliff hanging chapters that ensure that you won't stop at 'just one more chapter'. Seriously folks, I lost sleep on this one because I didn't want to stop reading.
The Characters could definitely have used a little more development, because they are very engaging. But, with the Young Adult (YA) target audience, this is less of a hinderence than would be in a more adult novel. YA's WANT you to get the point! They have not the time or the patience for long winded dialog and descriptions.
I was also pleased to see the creative language found in this book. Now we all know that teenagers (most of them) curse in their conversations with each other, however it was refreshing to see a YA novel that wasn't full of cursing. To be sure, replacement words are used, but at least this is literature without all the gratuitous filth found in a lot of books. They know the words but don't need to see a lot of them in their books.
With that in mind, I highly recommend this book to those who are fans of the genre. It was a very good book with a lot of action and lite on the drama. This will please those who are most likely to read this book, probably young teen boys.
This book was a thrill to read. I am definitely looking forward to the movie made from this one. Hoping they don't slaughter it too bad. With the author involved in the making of the film though it should be good. As we all know though, BOOKS are always better!
The Rouser gives this book four Rabbles with an R for the reluctant readers. Reluctant readers will enjoy this one because the chapters are short and heavy on action. Plus the speed of the story moves fast so they won't bog down on details.