by James Dashner
Maze Runner, by
James Dashner, tells a story about a young boy named Thomas, who awakens in a
strange elevator with all his past memories forgotten. As he emerges from the
earth, he finds himself in a grassland, surrounded by dangerous stone walls
that form a maze. In that maze, he also finds himself living in a community with
a bunch of other boys who call themselves “The Gladers”. As Thomas
slowly starts to gain back his memory, such as his name and age, he also
discovers more sinister clues about the boys and the location he landed in.
After learning about how the maze surrounds them all, Thomas is determined to
help find a way out of this unknown maze with the help of his friends. The
journey won’t be easy, as anyone who dares to find their way out of the maze
will be haunted and attacked by the Grievers.
I personally enjoyed reading this action-packed book. Dashner adds the right amount of clarity, detail, and mystery to help engage the reader. The way the plot moves and the different types of events that are happening forces the reader to keep thinking and imagining what will happen next. This is a key feature in Dashner’s writing style. It is a dystopian science fiction book about boys, who have been trying to find their way out of this maze for three years. However, everything changes when the protagonist (Thomas) arrives. I strongly urge you to, if you haven’t, give this book a read, especially if you love reading dystopian science fiction books.
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by Teresa Toten
Ross is a
very closed-off individual with many issues. Struggling with
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), anger management and family issues, he has
a very hard time fitting in with his peers, that is until he meets Robyn
Plummer in an OCD support group.
moment he sees her, Adam instantly falls for Robyn, vouching to do everything
in his power to protect her, to be the Batman to her Robin. She provides Adam
with an escape from reality, but as soon as he leaves the support group, things
get worse. Adam finds out his mother had been receiving threatening letters
telling her to end her life; this sends Adam into a downwards spiral. Will Adam
end up with Robyn? Will he find out who has been sending his mother those
letters, or will he continue to suffer on his own, refusing the help of others?
Unlikely Hero of Room 13B, Toten highlights what people suffering from
mental illness fear the most, knowing what the problem is but not knowing how
to fix it. This novel shows us that it’s okay to ask for help; it is not a sign
of weakness but one of bravery and strength. It is truly a rollercoaster of
emotions that always has the reader on the edge of their seat, just waiting for
what will happen next.
I very much recommend this novel. It can get quite dark sometimes, but that is the grim reality of life, and this story is very realistic. You truly feel a connection with the main characters, especially Adam; it is an excellent read and does not disappoint.
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by S.E Hinton
in the ’60s, in the divided state of Oklahoma, this novel tells the story of
two rival gangs separated by poverty and social status. The Greasers, known as
the working class, are seen as very low in the eyes of the Socs, a high-class
gang, the complete opposite of the Greasers. The Outsiders is
told from the perspective of 14-year-old Greaser, Ponyboy Curtis. He details
two of the most intense weeks of his short life, struggling in a community
where he is viewed as an outsider with difficult decisions of right and wrong.
life certainly hasn’t been an easy one. Having his parents taken away from him
due to a recent car accident has taken a toll on him. Ponyboy and his
16-year-old brother Sodapop are allowed to live with their eldest brother
20-year-old Darry, as long as they stay out of trouble.
out with his friends, Ponyboy attends a drive-thru movie where he meets a Soc
girl named Sherri, the first of the Socs he had ever gotten along with. As the
gang walks home with Sherri, they are stopped and threatened by her boyfriend,
a Soc by the name of Bob. Ponyboy gets home at 2 am, angering his guardian
Darry, prompting him to slap Ponyboy. Due to this, Ponyboy runs out of the
door, meeting his friend Johnny in a park expressing his anger.
Sherri’s boyfriend, suddenly reappears along with his crew. Ponyboy and Johnny
are outnumbered, a gruesome fight breaks out, ending up with Ponyboy being held
underwater to drown by Bob. Johnny freaks out and kills him. After the fight
ends, they realize they can’t go back, they now have blood on their hands.
This novel is extremely interesting, constantly keeping the reader engaged and interested. Definitely a 5-star book.
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