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Monday, October 3, 2022

Book review: The Maze Cutter by James Dashner + giveaway

We are celebrating the upcoming release of The Maze Cutter by James Dashner, and we are thrilled that the series continues with a new generation of characters! Read on for more details and make sure to pre-order a copy today!

There are fabulous giveaways too — A book box containing a hardcover edition (US only) and a $25 Amazon gift card, audiobook download, and signed bookplate for one lucky international winner!

The Maze Cutter
by James Dashner
Expected Publication Date: November 15th, 2022
Genre: YA Dystopian/ Teens
Publisher: Akashic Media Enterprises
Seventy-three years after the events of THE DEATH CURE, when Thomas and other immunes were sent to an island to survive the Flare-triggered apocalypse, their descendants have thrived. Sadina, Isaac, and Jackie all learned about the unkind history of the Gladers from The Book of Newt and tall tales from Old Man Frypan, but when a rusty old boat shows up one day with a woman bearing dark news of the mainland–everything changes. The group and their islander friends are forced to embark back to civilization where they find Cranks have evolved into a more violent, intelligent version of themselves. The islanders are hunted by the Godhead, the Remnant Nation, and scientists with secret agendas. When they cross paths with an orphan named Minho from the Remnant Nation, the dangers become real and they don’t know who they can trust. The islanders will have to survive long enough to figure out why they are being targeted, who is friend or foe, and what the Godhead has planned for the future of humanity.
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When I first heard about The Maze Cutter, I was both excited and nervous. The Maze Runner has been my longtime favorite series, and while I loved the story back when I read it back in 2014, I was initially concerned this book would now fall outside of my interests. Sometimes more isn’t always better. However, I was pleasantly surprised with this newest edition to the series, and while I haven’t yet read Dashner’s The Crank Palace, it has certainly moved up on my priority list after reading The Maze Cutter. Dashner’s diction and writing style, in my opinion, has changed quite a bit from the original books, but in a good way. It feels a lot more mature while still fitting into the “Young Adult” category. You can really tell The Maze Cutter was written with older fans in mind, as Dashner includes some great nods and references to the original series, even bringing back and incorporating a beloved character into this new story.

The whole “children of the original heroes” trope can be tricky to pull off and in my opinion, often feels cheap and underwhelming. Though I firmly believe Dashner does an amazing job of providing these new characters with their own fresh storyline and complex world while still paying respect to the original trilogy. There are new dangers, new villains, new cranks, and many new adventures to keep you well invested and anxious for more. Even with intertwining storylines and multiple points of view, Dashner still provides all his characters with strong development and background. Then again, Dashner’s strong suit has always been his dynamic and loveable characters, so don’t worry about missing our original crew too much. Isaac, Sadina, and Jackie will pull at your heartstrings as they take you with them through their adventure just as Thomas, Newt, and Minho did.

While The Maze Cutter centers around new characters and a new world 70 years into the future, this book is certainly not for people who have yet to read the original series. Much of the terminology, history, and events require you to have previous knowledge of the general setting and world-building of The Maze Runner.

All in all, The Maze Cutter thoroughly exceeded my expectations, and I recommend it to old and new fans of The Maze Runner series alike.

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About the Author
James Dashner is #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series, including The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, The Kill Order, and The Fever Code, and the bestselling Mortality Doctrine series (The Eye of Minds, The Rule of Thoughts, and The Game of Lives). Dashner was born and raised in Georgia, but now lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains.

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