I’m addicted to dystopian fiction. I don’t know what it is about the genre, perhaps it’s some sort of morbid fascination for how things can go terribly wrong, perhaps it’s the rush from trying to figure out what is really going on, or maybe it’s because the world we live in is dystopic, but these types of books hook me. And apparently I’m not the only one, because these types of books are popular right now for young adult and adult audiences alike.
The Maze Runner is different than your recent garden variety dystopia in that the characters are all male (with one exception) and it’s set in a big maze (shocker, right?). None of the characters can remember what happened before they got to the maze. A structured society forms a la Lord of the Flies, along with some colorful made-up swear words (klunk, shank, etc.) with the same level of graphic/scary violence present in The Hunger Games.
In my opinion, this is a guy’s book. I read it, enjoyed it, and I’ll get to the rest of the series eventually, but not as much as I have other dystopians. The plot was as good, the writing was fine, and the mystery was intriguing, yet I plodded through the book. In the same way Catcher in the Rye didn’t really appeal to me but my husband loved it, The Maze Runner was somewhat lost on me. That’s why I contend it’s a guys’ book.