After reading The Hunger Games, I realised that I was really into reading dystopian fiction and did a lot of research into other similar books (which resulted in a very long list of books to buy).
I've just finished reading the last book in the Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner, so since the story is still fresh in my mind I thought there would be no better time to do a review than now!
At the very start of the first book, we meet the main protagonist, Thomas. He wakes up in a black box without any memory of his past or what's going on, which as the reader is great as you learn what's happening with him, instead of having to figure it out on your own.
The box is actually an elevator, and when it reaches the top he finds himself in a place called the Glade, which has everything from a farm to a graveyard, and the Glade is home to about 50 other boys about Thomas's age there, also with no memories. The Glade is surrounded by huge walls and four entrances to a gigantic Maze, which the boys send Runners (the fastest, strongest boys) into to try and find a way out.
Every night, the entrances to the Maze close, and the boys are shut into the Glade to protect them from the monsters that appear in the Maze at night, called Grievers. Also, the Maze walls move every night so the Runners need to map out the layout every single day.
I won't spoil any of the plot of the second and third books, but The Scorch Trials basically continues from where the first one left off, and the boys learn more about why they were there and are given a new task to face. All I will say about the last book, The Death Cure is that I read it in two days.
Although this is classed as a young adult book it really isn't dumbed down at all, and the author's writing style along with the plot that makes you curious to see what's going to happen next, and if you're looking for something that won't seem rubbish compared to the Hunger Games, you won't be disappointed.
Here's a link to the first book on Amazon - 50p plus delivery
And a link for a set of the first and second book - £2.47 plus delivery (books are so cheap!)
According to Wikipedia a prequel to the series called the Kill Order will be out next month, I think I'm going to have to preorder it!