Maze Runner – @MazeRunner_UK

The Maze Runner film is out in UK cinemas tomorrow and another two films are expected to follow covering the whole series. Here is the link to the Official Movie Website: the trailer and the music are exciting. The film is rated 12A which fits well with the age range the book series was aimed at.


The books (reviewed here) have proved popular with teens and there are plenty of fan fiction sites to explore. The film is likely to attract more interest (hope libraries are well stocked). They appeal to younger teens drawn by adventure, survival, mystery, the teen’s own special vocabulary (Gladers, shank, slim it to name a few) and the all-teen cast. It is a sort of futuristic Lord of the Flies but with much more adrenaline, and plenty of confusion, pounding through the pages. If you haven’t read The Maze Runner book yet then you are running out of time! It’s not a difficult read so I would urge you to pick it up and read it now, before the film. I’m a book first, film later person.


It will be interesting to see if Maze Runner fans are satisfied by the film and whether new fans are drawn in. its has 64% score on Rotten Tomatoes and 7.5 out of ten on IMDb which is a good start. Better than Divergent (which was a good and very popular book but didn’t seem to make it as a film).


For those who have read the series and are wondering what to read next, here are some similar style books for you to check out:

Shipbreaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

MetaWars by Jeff Norton

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

Gone Series by Michael Grant

The Enemy Series by Charlie Higson

For those who want a break from dystopia then check out these books:

Spud Series by John Van de Ruik 

Out of Shadows by Jason Wallace

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater

Night Runner by Tim Bowler

Looking at the Stars by Jo Cotterill

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