Authors Max Turner and James Dashner have dished out two new reads: “Night Runner” and “Maze Runner”!!! Both books are centered around boys. In “Night Runner,” Zack Thomson is a youth living in a mental ward because of a strange sickness that only allows him to eat strawberry shakes and doesn’t let him venture into the sunlight without being burnt like bacon. In “Maze Runner,” Thomas is a boy who is dropped off into the middle of a glade filled with other boys, ranging in age from twelve to eighteen. These are great reads and are especially worth it. (By the way, you should check out Dashner’s other series: 13th Reality!!)
In “Night Runner”, Zack Thomson lost his father as a child while going on an expedition with him. A pillar fell on him and killed him, while trying to save Zack. But before Zack makes it back to camp, a dog bites him and he passes out. Years after that, Zack started living under the care of a nurse in Nicholl’s Ward. He has his own special schedule to live by, preferring to sleep during the day and exercise at night. This is nothing special to anyone, because everyone knows about Zack’s sickness. It doesn’t let him have contact with the sun without burning him, and he can only eat strawberry shakes. That’s it, that’s Zack Thomson, the boy who many doctors could not find a cure for, the boy who has never gone to a school in his life, but has a friend that comes by to tell him what it’s like.
Zack faces a dilemma, however, after an old man destroys half of the ward’s recreational room with a motorcycle and tells him to “Run!” At first Zack is confused and thinks the man may be just a drunk off the streets, but then the man returns again and again with the same message. Zack is curious to know what the man is talking about, but Nurse Ophelia tells him to not worry about it and to let the police take care of it. But then questions about his father are coming up, and about what really happened on that trip they took together when Zack was a kid. Was it really a dog that bit him? Or was it something else completely. Nurse Ophelia answers some of his questions about who his father was, but she trails off and sends him to bed with more questions than he could ever had imagined he’d ever have to ask. And then his Uncle Max shows up . . .
In “Maze Runner,” Thomas shows up inside a metal box with nothing. He doesn’t remember his last name, who he is, and most important of all: where he came from. But this is nothing new to the boys that have lived there before him, all working to survive inside of a giant maze that closes and changes at night, and reopens by the morning. However, Thomas is unexpected at the time; a “greenie” wasn’t due until later.
Everything in the Glade is done with groups of boys specializing in some area, from slaughtering the animals, to cooking, and so on. The Glade is run by some people that the boys know are watching them, and sending them to the Glade one at a time. They can send letters back in the hole that the box comes from, but no one can actually try to escape through it.
Thomas doesn’t know anything about the Glade. He is tested in various jobs that have to be performed and does “okay” in most, that is until he sees a Runner for the first time. And then it was decided for him, like a feeling that was programmed straight into his brain: he had to be a Runner. But unfortunate events grant him his wish, and now he has to face the dangers that lurk in the maze, looking for clues, memorizing and drawing maps, praying he makes it back alive . . . and hoping desperately for a way out.