The Maze Runner, Week 1

Welcome to a new Online Book Club discussion for October! This month, we're reading The Maze Runner by James Dashner.

The Online Book Club, if you've never joined us before, is a book discussion group that takes place entirely online. Each week, I write a new blog post that talks about different aspects of the book, and you can interact directly with me and other readers by leaving a comment in the comments section. Make sure you check back each week and see what new topics we're talking about.

The Maze Runner is a dystopian young adult novel that follows the lives of a group of teenage boys who are trapped in the Glade, a walled-in homestead surrounded by a huge maze. The boys have created their own society, with each boy performing a certain job. There's also a strange metal box in the ground that regularly delivers supplies—and new boys. However, no one can exit through the box, and the boys believe that the only way they will be able to leave and go back to their families is if they solve the maze. One day, a boy names Thomas shows up in the box, and his arrival shakes up the camp of boys. The bulk of the book follows Thomas as he tries to make sense of the society. If you love action-filled, dystopian stories, you'll love this book!

You can also watch The Maze Runner movie if you're interested in the story but don't want to read with us. Check out the trailer above if you're on the fence about watching this month. Feel free to leave comments about the movie on the blog posts, even if you aren't reading the book with us.

If you want to follow along with our pace, make sure to read the first 21 chapters before joining us next week. I hope to hear from you in the comments section!