This definitely is a part of the new trend in young adult dystopian fiction. (Any ideas why it’s suddenly become more popular?) It’s grim, but still Rated PG-13. Dashner, while no master of dialogue or characterization (everyone has pretty much one trait), is good at suspense. This became a page-turner in places. Maybe I snoozed through a few pages, but how did they decide there had to be a computer somewhere? And there’s one cliche rah-rah scene. There’s a cinematic quality to this one; I think a movie version is inevitable. Unlike many first books of trilogies (in my limited experience), Dashner constructs a need for a next book, and it’s one I might actually read one day.

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