The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner

Thomas arrives at The Glade with no memory of who he is or where he has come from, except his name.  The Glade is not a place for the faint hearted. Sitting in the middle of a huge maze and surrounded by massive stone walls, the Glade is inhabited by teenagers ranging from 13 – 17, who run their world to strict guidelines. Each boy has a job. The Keepers are in charge. The Runners run the Maze each day. No one stays out in the Maze at night. If you break the rules punishment is harsh and sometimes deadly!

Outside the Glade, the Maze is inhabited by the Grievers. Clanking, Grinding creatures who’w spongy flesh hides their viscous and deadly needles and appendages. No one stays out in the Glade at night! By the time Thomas has been in the Glade for a day, he knows he wants to be a runner. But then another adolescent arrives. The Next Day! And it’s a Girl!! Things are changing. This is not good, and somehow it is Thomas’ fault! Who is he really?

Very enjoyable book. The characters are believable and the vernacular they use instead of swearing is quite funny. All is not as it seems. Thomas is central, not just to the story, but to the Glad and the Maze and to the escape…

Unmask the Truth: The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade

Unmask the Truth - The Hunchback Assignments

Unmask the Truth - The Hunchback Assignments

I read this a little while ago, however it made quite an impression on me.

Modo is ‘rescued’ from a freak show, only to be trained in complete isolation by the mysterious Mr Socrates. Modo has very special talents. He is deformed, with a hunchback and hideous features, but he is also able to rearrange his appearance, not just his face, but his whole body for ever increasing periods of time, making him an almost perfect undercover agent!

An endearing mix of fierce loyalty, modesty, agility and naivety, Modo is let loose on the streets of London to fend for himself, until Mr Socrates feels he has proved himself, and gives him his first ‘assignment’.

There are strange things happening on the streets of London. Orphans are disappearing, noble men’s sons are killing their fathers and then themselves, the prince has gone missing and an evil scientist is experimenting on animals and people, turning them into mechanical super beings…

A bit slow to start, but once Octavia Milkweed steps into the picture, the pace steps up too and a right rollicking tale ensues. Thoroughly enjoyable!! Modo is one of those genuinely sweet characters that you can’t help but cheer on!