A Crack Addict and a Book Review

January 08, 2010

No, not a Crack Addict Book Review, but  let's talk about crack addicts then  a book review.

I feel like a crack addict.  Though I have never done crack or seen crack or know anyone first hand who is a crack addict, I feel like one.  I'm basing it off enough reality tv that I'm pretty sure I can imagine to some degree what it might feel like (not really but roll with me, will ya?) Since last Friday I have read four books: The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, Catching Fire, and Hush Hush.  (Only a couple more chapters left in Hush Hush but it'll only take me a half hour at most)  I'm burning through my stash at a $60 a week crack habit.  If I keep up this pace I will burn through a little over $3000 by the end of the year and will have met my 50 books in a year challenge by the first of April.

And I'm sorry, the library never has any of these books I want to read. Heck most of the books I want to read the library doesn't even carry much less have them in.  I try to slow down, I try not to burn through my books but I say every time..."just one more chapter.  That's all.  It'll be the last one I read today, I promise."  Yeah that's what they all say.  Well, I guess there could be worse addictions than reading, like say, using crack for instance.

Ok, on with the book review:  The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Diana had a contest about a month ago and gave away an ARC of this book which I won!  (No, the contest was not rigged.)

James Dashner compares his book to a Lord of the Flies meets End Game.  Though I have not read End Game (which I might add it to my list since I burn through books like crack) I would agree it is like Lord of the Flies, sort of.  Instead of being junior high or younger children they are adolecent teens.  Instead of operating under chaos it is very organized.  And teens were not stranded but they can not get out.

My synopsis:  Thomas wakes to find himself in a "box" that drops him off in an unknown place ran by a bunch of teenage boys.  He and the rest of the boys have absolutely no memory of their past but they make an existence for themselves, surviving in the four walls of the Glade.  Outside the Glade, is the maze and you don't want to be on the outside at night because you won't return alive.  Some unknown powers that be, they call the Creators, send supplies once a week and one new boy a month but after Thomas arrives, things change quickly and the race to solve the maze is on.

My Review:  Absolutely amazing and creative.  You get really angry and frustrated along with Thomas because you have no freaking clue what is going on.  And you don't find out until the very end...I mean the very end.  So if you don't have patience, this may not be a book for you.  At the end you are left with a huge cliffhanger making you yearn for the next book.  And let me tell you the end, no wait, the epilogue will shock the crap out of you.  The boys of the Glade speak a language of their own.  At first I found it just as annoying as Thomas but when I finally caught on to their lingo I thought it was the coolest freaking thing I had ever heard.  James Dashner said that his agent suggested that these boys, who have been here for some time, should have created their own lingo/language and that he should go back an add that in.  Brilliance on behalf of the agent and Dashner enveloped me in that lingo and pulled me into a deeper part of my imagination that I didn't know existed.    Though there is not a romance in this book, it hinted to one that I think will develop in the next book.

So there you have it...crack addict and all.

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  1. I really liked it too. I just read it a few weeks ago, so it's still fresh in my ming. I loved all the new words--so creative, and I think "shank" and "clunk" packed as much punch as real cuss words would. I made my husband read it when I finished and he loved it too. I'm excited for the next one.

  2. Wow, what a review! It sounds riveting. And as for the crack--I mean book addiction; I need a recovery program myself.

  3. This was my favorite book of 2009! Absolutely marvelous! :-)

  4. Oh, I've felt like a crack addict over books before. Personally, I relish the feeling, since I find it's rather rare. Either that or I've been an addict for so long that the hit has to be great to stand out. Hmmm... A potentially disturbing thought.

    I'll have to note these books. Anything that can make a person feel like a crack addict has to be pretty awesome.

  5. Oh yay, I'm so glad you liked this book as much as I did! I did a double review of Hunger Games and Catching Fire on my blog. Oh Peeta.

  6. Natalie - I too found the fake words just as powerful as the curse words

    Catherine - I feel there is no help for people like us.

    SHannon - I loved this book but best of 2009, then you havn't read the Hunger Games...

    Dominique - just dance around the blogosphere, there are plenty of peeps we know who read and reviewed, you just might love it.

    Diana - again glad I "won" the contest *wink wink* Again, for the record it's not rigged...*wink* Yes I read your review, very nice...i miss Peeta. *swoon*

  7. Oh, I know exactly what you mean (about the book addiction ;). Buying books seems frivilous sometimes because I go through them so fast, but the library never has what I want!!
    ...plus I use to work at the library and that sort of killed libraries for me (let's just say my duties included cleaning the books :P )
    Great post. Glad to know there are more book addicts out there. :)

  8. Loved the Maze Runner - that book is getting around - I won it and then Diana one it from me and now you have it. The ending was so unexpected and frustrating - can't wait to read the next one.

  9. I know exactly how you feel about the book addiction. I go through phases of it. At the moment, I'm fine, and it helps that there aren't english books here, so I can't browse. It could be a very expensive habit for me if I'm not careful.


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