The Maze

They go out every day. They run the maze that changes every night, mapping it – trying to find a pattern – avoiding the Death Eaters that come out at night. Racing, they must be back within the [apparent] safety of the walls before the doors close.

I recently finished the Maze Runner trilogy. I have yet to read the prequel, but I will get there.

In some respects the trilogy appears to be a poor attempt to recreate something like the Hunger Games or the Divergent series, but lacks the depth of the questions and personal struggles of the characters of the above mentioned series.

Let’s face it, having characters whose entire memory has been wiped is hard to identify with. They happily live a life without the complexities we all face that deal with past experience. It is very hard to relate to.

Well… that and the fact that the character’s brains are constantly being meddled with so you really can’t begin to understand what their true personalities and identities are.

What I did take away was a great distraction. It is always nice to travel away to a land far, far away and immerse yourself in a different world for a while. (Even if it is late at night when I should really be immersing myself in sleep.)

There is also something to be said for Thomas’ untiring fight to survive not only for his own sake but for those he loves. That is to be admired, along with the way the author accomplishes this. Even though Thomas has no recollection of the past, he exhibits that desire to thrive and live is etched within the very nature of each human person.

Further, his interaction with Newt, faced with Newt’s hopelessness, can also be enlightening. Thomas sees the value in Newt as his friend, but Newt simply loses the will to live faced with the path he knows lies ahead of him.

The need for a meaning for suffering is evident and lacking. Our society also often shares this view that doesn’t value suffering.

“Within each form of suffering endured by man, and at the same time at the basis of the whole world of suffering, there inevitably arises the question: why? It is a question about the cause, the reason, and equally, about the purpose of suffering, and, in brief, a question about its meaning.” – St. John Paul II, Salvifici Doloris

For the runners in the maze, there seems to be no solution. Often we do not find answers to the questions of the heart, the questions shared by all of humanity, but with the same persistence of the runners we forge ahead, day after day, somehow certain that there is a solution.

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