Read Before You Watch: The Maze Runner Series

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I don’t think I’ve binge-read a series this quickly since The Hunger Games. I seriously LOVED The Maze Runner. If you already watched the movie, I highly suggest reading the book anyway because as always, the books are always better. The Scorch Trials being released this weekend is the perfect time to tell you all about why you need to read this series.

A few days before my graduation from college, I woke up one morning with strep throat, which I get at least once a year. It’s insane. Anyway, I was laying in bed all day trying to start feeling better so I would be able to survive my hours-long graduation ceremony. That’s when I decided to start the book I brought back to school with me five months prior. I read the entire thing in a day.

I was so excited to know what happened next, I searched online and found a PDF version online. I’m not proud. I’m a huge advocate for the physical paper copy of a good book, but I was too sickly to get out of bed to try and find a copy in a store. I thought the online version would hold me over for a few chapters until the next day I could get to a book store. That is until I finished the whole book and realized it was three in the morning.

Oops.

The Maze Runner is about a group of boys who one by one have been sent up an elevator shaft in the middle of a large courtyard surrounded by huge walls. Once a day the walls open up to an intricate maze. After three years, the boys never found a way out of the maze, but were able to establish their own little society trapped inside.

“If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.”

They have no distinct memories about their lives. (e.g., they know what a mom and dad actually are, but can’t remember their own). Once Thomas arrives, everything changes. Life inside the maze becomes impossible and the group has to make a choice to face the maze full of man-made animalistic monsters and find a way out, or stay put and eventually perish.

“Just follow me and run like your life depends on it. Because it does.”

They can’t remember anything about life outside of the maze and have no idea what they are in for if and when they make it out. Each book becomes more and more intriguing as you peel back the truth layer by layer. The fourth and final book, The Kill Order, is a prequel to the series giving even more insight to the maze.

“It’s kind of hard to ask a dead guy what he did wrong.”

It’s worth the wait to start the books before heading out to the movies this weekend! Take my word for it, you’ll be able to finish the series quickly and catch up on the movies before The Scorch Trials are out of theaters!

Happy reading, friends! 

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