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This was one of the books I received as a birthday present on Friday.  Part one of three, it is compelling, gripping, and deeply disturbing.  I do not recommend it unless you want to read what comes across as a waking dystopian nightmare.  Basically, a group of amnesiac teenage boys are trapped in a giant maze and must get out.  It's like being in a Hell, where you're periodically tortured, but you can't find the exit. 

What's worse is it strongly resembles a recurring series of my bad dreams where I'm trapped in a world by myself or with a few friends, steadily losing them as I advance.  I often end up alone.  Every time I get close to being free, it turns out to be an illusion.  This usually resolves by either a confrontation with some monster (the Devil, demons, zombies, you name it), death in the dream (semi-permanent), or waking up. Occasionally I rise to consciousness, then fall back into sleep and the dream resumes.  To avoid that, I have to take some serious steps to get to a full waking state (like showering, taking my medicine, actually leaving the bed, etc.).

Avoid at any cost.  This should have been labeled a horror book, not Young Adult.  Now I have fresh material for my subconscious to process and return to me, unfortunately.  Those dreams of mine do resemble the gnostic concept of breaking through successive illusions (example: "The Matrix" series of movies).  Christianity and some versions of Buddhism have hells in them, too.  However, I don't particularly believe in Hell as a place of punishment.  I was raised Episcopalian (which doesn't dwell much on Hell), not Baptist, so I'm not sure where those dreams are coming from.  The author of The Maze Runner, however, does reveal why the kids are in this maze.  It's a grim revelation and sets up what happens in the next two books, which I won't be reading.

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I'm so suggestible.  Read one book about zombies before bed, and I'm sure to wake up from a nightmare somewhere in the middle of the night.  Eating a peanut butter and honey sandwich when my stomach growled around 1 a.m. probably didn't help.  Like Snoopy in the Charlie Brown episode where he eats five pizzas and a milkshake, then dreams he's a sled dog  in Alaska, I am prone to all sorts of weird imaginings after raiding the refrigerator post-midnight.

Last night I started reading Feed, by Mira Grant (the pen name for Seanan McGuire, author of the October Daye books).  It is an action-filled political zombie horror thriller.  Of course I dreamed I was fighting off zombies.  I remember thinking I didn't have any guns, and that my sword was going to be overwhelmed by the sheer mass of monsters.  Then I woke up and had to remind myself that as of yet there is no reanimation virus or dawn of the dead.

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