The Lord Dies or the Grievers Games


During the whole last month, the Internet has been swarming with trailers where a handsome Dylan O’Brien is playing a leading part in a screen version of the book, The Maze Runner. Colorful pictures and commentaries make a forecast that this film is going to become a complete sensation in a very short time just after its first night on the 19th of September. A rather promising titles (like “Is this the beginning of the maze or the end?”) will not let you pass by without noticing it. Therefore, I could not just ignore it and withstand the temptation to start reading Dashner’s book as soon as possible.
The book The Maze Runner is a unique example of a modern literature, inasmuch as it unpredictably combines The Lord of Flies (by W. Golding) and The Hunger Games (by S. Collins). If anyone tells you something like that, do not believe him/her in any way – that is an egregious lie! There are several reasons for such statement. However, I am going to illustrate only two of them, the most significant.
Firstly, it is impossible to bring into line such a brilliant ( and I am not exaggerating now!) writing by a mastodon of English literature with a novel for juniors by an American author. I have to admit that although the trilogy is rather good, it still unable to vie with the well-known fiction dystopia. Furthermore, sometimes I have got a feeling that American laborers who toil for the good of “fiction foundry” are not able to express their thoughts briefly and concisely. Consequently, contemporary writers do not write books shorter than a trilogy.
Secondly, the only worse thing, you should pay your attention to, is the title of the book. You’d better read it, admire a picture on the cover, and then put the book aside and start imagining your own “race through thickets of the labyrinth”. Believe me, you have got more chances to make it breathtaking and apparently unforgettable, what Dashner has failed to do in his work.
Nevertheless, let us focus precisely on the plot of the book. The first pages seem to be exciting: a young hero wakes up in a rather unexpected place – an abandoned elevator. The boy does not have a clear memory of what has happened to him nor how he has ended up here. (It resembles something, doesn’t it?)The only stable thing he remembers – his name, Thomas. A couple of minutes later the elevator doors will open, and he will appear before a (the brave) new world inhabited by boys only. In this “adultless” society, everything complies with strict rules and principles. The main of which reads: “At any circumstances you should not stay in the maze at night. Never!” And guess what? Virtually on the next day Thomas breaks it. Not only has he managed to survive a fatal encounter with monsters, getting off with a scratch or two, but also generously to save one of the maze runner’s life.
After that everything follows a classical script inherent in American blockbusters. Thomas is the last Hope of deliverance, the only one who manages to solve the secret of the maze and to lead troops into the fierce battle with grievers (dark creatures designed to kill). Do not forget “a tiny fact” that Thomas here is just a brief while. What a gifted young man though!
In other words, it is just another not a very successful attempt to surpass the “Lord” of literature. Consequently, if you are 14-16 years old and you do not know who W.Golding is, then apparently this book is to your taste. Otherwise, do not waste your time!


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