Sunday, January 9, 2011

Incarceron v. The Maze Runner

I feel a little bit silly posting about two books neither of which I’ve read. However, these two keep popping up and I wanted to know whether anyone had thoughts on this topic. Based purely on what I’ve been able to find on Amazon and from various reviews, these two books seem incredibly similar.


Incarceron, by Catherine Fisher
Incarceron is a prison unlike any other: Its inmates live not only in cells, but also in metal forests, dilapidated cities, and unbounded wilderness. The prison has been sealed for centuries, and only one man, legend says, has ever escaped.

Finn, a seventeen-year-old prisoner, can’t remember his childhood and believes he came from Outside Incarceron. He’s going to escape, even though most inmates don’t believe that Outside even exists. And then Finn finds a crystal key and through it, a girl named Claudia.

Claudia claims to live Outside—her father is the Warden of Incarceron and she’s doomed to an arranged marriage. If she helps Finn escape, she will need his help in return. But they don’t realize that there is more to Incarceron than meets the eye. Escape will take their greatest courage and cost far more than they know.

Because Incarceron is alive.

The Maze Runner, by James Dashner
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.

Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.


These are both very popular books with sequels that came out fairly recently. I realize that YA dystopian fiction is very popular right now, but these two books seem a little bit too similar. Has anyone read these books that can lend an opinion?

1 comment:

Camidee said...

I haven't read the Maze Runner but I did read Incarceron and its sequel. When I first saw the trailer for Maze Runner, I really thought it was Incarceron. There are so many elements that are similar between them. A group surviving in a desolate contraption that seems to have a mind of its own; a girl that makes her way in and seems to know the main character as someone important. Though I wasn't very fond of how Incarceron ended, Maze Runner seems to go on for a while.


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