The Maze Runner by James Dashner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is actually a review of books 1-3: Maze Runner, Scorch Trials, and Death Cure. So, be advised there may be spoilers.
The series is a well-written, engaging, Dystopian story with a far-fetched premise.
Sun flares have scorched the world killing millions of people. Those who remain have been exposed to a biological weapon that seems to have accidentally been released from a government facility. Anyone infected becomes an insane, cannibal.
The existing government has selected teenagers to be a part of a psychological experiment which is meant to map out brain patterns to reveal why some people are immune to the disease (called "The Flare"). The experiment requires the teens to have their memories wipes and then be abandoned to an artificial environment called "The Glade" in which they have to avoid murderous monsters and solve a maze to survive.
How this experiment could map out a cure for a disease escapes my understanding. The scientists claim the situations they force the kids in to reveal brain patterns of those who are immune and this will help them to create a cure. To me, this seems quite a stretch.
In the Scorch Trials they have left the glade and are forced into a desert filled with infected people. They have to survive this as part of the experiment.
In the Death Cure, they are fighting against the very organization that put them into this experiment.
There are two prequel books, Fever Code and Kill Order, which I have not read. They may help to clear up how the experiment could actually lead to a cure. However, after completing the series, I lost interest.
Again, they are engaging and well-written. I just could not get past what I considered a weak plot thread.