Why, you ask?
And if you know anything about me, you know I HATE spoilers. So you don’t find any in this post, and therefore, I can’t tell you about the prequel! I now see why book bloggers stay away from series books, since they are almost impossible to describe without giving things away!
Basically, something is wrong with the world, seemingly caused by global warming, which ends up placing some teenagers in strange, precarious positions. The Maze Runner series is in a dystopian future, and while these are classified as YA reads, the adult content (death, not sexual) and mature subject matter of the world possibly ending and many, many people dying, allows the books to be enjoyed by adults as well.
Here’s the Goodreads summary of The Maze Runner, the first book in the series:
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.
Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every thirty days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.
Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.
Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.
The Maze Runner books would be good for you to read if you enjoyed The Hunger Games but would love male main characters. They literally kept me confused and guessing the entire time, and then reading the prequel, The Kill Zone, was great closure to any unanswered questions I still had.
Are you a fan of dystopian novels?
Thanks for reading,