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The Maze Runner by James Dashner is like OMG. For serious.

Maze Runner

So I just finished listening to James Dashner’s The Maze Runner and I am ASTOUNDED! I downloaded the book from Audible (full disclosure, I am an affiliate) and have been listening in my car for days. Last night my life bottomed out because I was approximately an HOUR from the ending and I couldn’t wait until the next time I was in the car to hear the ending! so, I bottomed out and listened to the rest at the house; something I almost never do.  Well, maybe almost never. Cuz, it seems like a pattern.

Anyway; what can I say about The Maze Runner? First of all, I think the title is a misnomer. It’s not really about the maze. It’s more about the boys; think Lord of the Flies without all the whatever. I don’t want to give ANYTHING away so I’ll just say that if you are a reader of books that you should get this book. If you like dystopian you should get this book. If you like boys you should get this book. If you like coming of age you should get this book. If you like good books you should get this book!

No wonder this book is so popular! I was on the edge of my (driver’s) seat from jump. My only complaint: I would have preferred if the last few chapters occurred in the next book. I felt way to overwhelmed by too many emotions and actions to properly process the ending. To be sure, we knew there is another book after this, so readers will want to go to the next book anyway, right? Too much too much, my brain is on overload!!!!

And there’s a movie coming out???

I’ll be first in line.

Did I mention that I can’t help but use the word “clunk” in my every day vocabulary now?

Oh I might have mentioned it on the Twitter.

Thanks Dashner!
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Hotlight Spotlight:The Eye of the Minds by James Dashner

Hotlight Spotlight

Today’s Hotlight Spotlight comes from an author you’ve probably already read or are thinking about reading. If you’re a dystopian fan like I am, then you’re aware of the Maze Runner series.  James Dashner’s latest series could prove to be quite as successful.  The series is called The Mortality Doctrine.  The first book in the series is The Eye of the Minds.

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The Mortality Doctrine, a series set in a world of hyperadvanced technology, cyberterrorists, and gaming beyond your wildest dreams . . . and your worst nightmares.

Michael is a gamer. And like most gamers, he almost spends more time on the VirtNet than in the actual world. The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and it’s addictive. Thanks to technology, anyone with enough money can experience fantasy worlds, risk their life without the chance of death, or just hang around with Virt-friends. And the more hacking skills you have, the more fun. Why bother following the rules when most of them are dumb, anyway?

But some rules were made for a reason. Some technology is too dangerous to fool with. And recent reports claim that one gamer is going beyond what any gamer has done before: he’s holding players hostage inside the VirtNet. The effects are horrific—the hostages have all been declared brain-dead. Yet the gamer’s motives are a mystery.

The government knows that to catch a hacker, you need a hacker. And they’ve been watching Michael. They want him on their team.
But the risk is enormous. If he accepts their challenge, Michael will need to go off the VirtNet grid. There are back alleys and corners in the system human eyes have never seen and predators he can’t even fathom—and there’s the possibility that the line between game and reality will be blurred forever.

Sounds great, right?? I love that gamers are FINALLY getting their come up (comeuppance?) and are appreciated for their advanced skills.  I mean, who doesn’t need computer help from time to time? Ok so he’s a hacker. He’s a hacker the government wants.

That’s gotta be good.

Can’t wait to read it!

Have you read it? Tell me what you think.

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I only have one book for you today; but I think it’s a good one. It’s called Kill Order by James Dashner

Unconventional Librarian Kill Order

I’m sure you know as well as I do, that YA books are great for series.  We all want to get into a book and know that we get to see our beloved friends again and again.  What confuses me, however is the whole prequel, sequel, sub series thing.  But I still get confused by what day it is.  The Kill Order, by James Dashner, is mart of the Maze Runner series.  Goodreads says this:

Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the earth and mankind fell to disease.

Mark and Trina were there when it happened, and they survived. But surviving the sun flares was easy compared to what came next. Now a disease of rage and lunacy races across the eastern United States, and there’s something suspicious about its origin. Worse yet, it’s mutating, and all evidence suggests that it will bring humanity to its knees.

I don’t know about you but it sounds pretty good, right?  To be sure, reviews were kind of mixed but can I tell you that I sell the heck outta this book at work?  This series appeals to both teen boys and girls, which is difficult to do.  So, while adults may be all “this prequel didn’t do enough for me” obviously teens think something else.  And ultimately? Isn’t this who the series is for?

So, once I figure out how the series, prequel and sequel thing works, I’m so adding this series to my list!

What about you? Got any books for K?