The Maze Cutter by James Dashner
Hi, I’m Zach. In my free time I ski a lot, play piano, snowmobile, and read.
The Maze Cutter, by James Dashner is a new series set 73 years after the events of the Maze Runner trilogy. I would highly recommend reading those books before this one so you aren’t confused.
The main plot of this new book follows a group of kids who grew up on the isolated safe haven of an island where, in the last book, they sought refuge. This new generation of kids have no real concept of the outside world, only hearing about the dangers from stories around the campfire. They are living their normal life when one day they find a ship from the old world on their shores. Quickly after that they leave the island and embark on a perilous voyage into the unknown.
Once they get to the mainland and the real world, things escalate. They find themselves having to choose between comfort and survival, and who to trust. The format of this book is clever, in that it jumps between perspectives quickly, but still has chapters that tie everything together, sort of like a TV show. It hides just the right amount of details so that the reader is just as lost and confused as the characters, but still understands the urgency.
Overall, I enjoyed the plot, the writing style was new and fun. The only issue I had was that this book is obviously part of a bigger story, because it ends abruptly without some answers.