|I wish this was my life all the time.|
I pushed the heck out of the first book club pick, The Maze Runner by James Dasher, and I held the book club's second meeting this past Tuesday. One lonely student showed up, but at least she had enough enthusiasm for 10 kids and between myself, this awesomely overexcited kid, and a library coworker, we had a really good conversation about The Maze Runner and books in general.
I would still like to have a bigger book club. I know there are teens who come to my library who read voraciously - I've helped them pick out books. I know there are teens who come in who would like book club a lot, but who are too shy or too cool to join. I'm not sure how to reach them. Hopefully, with time, and a good book selection, more kids will show up. Surprisingly, the lure of free food has not been working.
|Isn't this how teenagers operate? I don't know anymore because I'm old.|
The Maze Runner is a whole bunch of neat dystopian... uh, stuff? Scenarios? Ideas? without any solid foundation. I feel like Dashner came up with a series of neat sounding scenarios for kids to be trapped in, but didn't bother to build a world to support those scenarios. The plot holes are tremendous. For example, in the world of The Maze Runner, humanity has been decimated by a disease called the Flare. A shadowy organization takes all the kids immune to the Flare and sets them up in dangerous situations where roughly 50% of them die, so they can weed out the strongest and smartest. Um. Wait... what? Wouldn't it make more sense to research and cultivate this immunity to maybe, uh... cure everyone else? That idea is never really addressed, among many others.
|Kittens and shirtless Hugh Jackman all in one post. You're welcome.|