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Crank Palace: A Maze Runner Novella Paperback – November 22, 2020
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The Glade. The Maze. The Scorch. The inner halls of WICKED. But now he has a burden that can’t be shared with Thomas and the others—the Flare. And Newt can’t bear the thought of his friends watching him descend into madness as he succumbs to the virus.
Leaving only a note, Newt departs the Berg before the Gladers return from their mission into Denver, Colorado. From there, he experiences the gritty nightmare of life on the streets, running from the infected and those hunting them, until he ends up in the Crank Palace, the last dumping ground of those without hope. Although Newt thought he was running away from his friends to save them from himself, along the way he meets a young mother named Keisha and her son, Dante, who end up saving Newt in a way he could never have imagined.
Taking place during the latter events of The Death Cure, Crank Palace tells the story of Newt like never before, from inside his own mind, as he searches for meaning in a life gone horribly wrong. He will try to fulfill a new-found destiny before his path leads to its inevitable conclusion—and one last meeting with his best friend.
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- Publisher : Quest (November 22, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 166 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1626015678
- ISBN-13 : 978-1626015678
- Reading age : 12 - 17 years
- Grade level : 8 - 12
- Item Weight : 6.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.42 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is marked as volume 5.5, but I read it in chronological order, so shortly after I finished The Death Cure. I wanted to make sure the relevant book was still fairly fresh in my mind.
First thing, I don't recall them saying specifically that they flew in from Alaska. I'm not sure if that's my memory or if it actually wasn't mentioned until now.
On to the story. It's divided up into two parts. Part one is what happens when Newt leaves the Berg. Part two starts at the point where Thomas and the others come looking for him. Despite being divided up this way, it's still one cohesive story. There is just a few days long gap between parts one and two.
I don't know what I was expecting, but I didn't read the description, so I definitely was not expecting Newt to go on a noble adventure.
It was interesting to see what Newt was thinking and experiencing. It makes me wonder if what he said was what he really wanted.
The ending raises a few questions. I don't recall the answers to any of them being in The Death Cure, so I kind of wonder if there might be a post series story or something later, or if those particular details just aren't going to be covered. I have not yet read The Kill Order or The Fever Code, but as far as I know, those are prequels, so I doubt they have the answers to the questions raised by this book.
Overall, I enjoyed this short story. I think I like Newt a little more than I did before.
By Daniel English on April 28, 2021
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The ending honestly confused me which is my only negative about the book. Otherwise, I highly recommend fans of Maze Runner to read this latest addition to the series.
You should read the maze runner trilogy first if you haven't already as it has loads of spoilers but if you have already then I 100% recommend this book its a very good read.
I'd say probably not for people under 13 but if you've read the other maze runner books then you should be fine.
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