Thirteen years before Thomas entered the maze, before the Flare devastated most of the world’s population, Mark and his crush Trina survive a natural apocalypse caused by sun flares. Now, a year after the flares hit, Mark and Trina are living in a survivors settlement. But Mark is still burdened by dreams of the tragedy that brutally took the lives of most of the world, including, he assumes, his family. One day, a large airship known as a Berg appears over their settlement. Believing that they're being rescued, the settlers emerge from their huts only to be showered with darts that carry a deadly disease. Most die instantly. But for some, the disease takes a different effect.
I absolutely loved this plot! Personally, I love all the action and loss and tons of feels. Every single page, something exciting and vital was happening. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. The plot twists were complete genius.
James Dashner's writing isn't high quality, but I still really like it. For some reason, at the beginning, it reminded me of Gary Paulsen's writing. Also, I felt like his writing continued to get better as the story went along.
This hurts my heart to talk about the characters. Oh wow, they were all so great (good guys of course). I especially loved Alec. He was old and wise, but super strong and knew exactly what to do in situations. When needed, he could be gentle and caring.
I'm so glad I read this amazing book. I don't why I didn't read this sooner! Writing was okay, plot was extraordinary, and the characters were so lovable. Maze Runner is now calling to me.
This was a super violent book, the most violent I've read. I would recommend it to mature 13+. As a 12 year old, it didn't bother me, but I know that's rare for my age. Going into this book, have caution for there is disturbing content.