Crank Palace by James Dashner

Title: Crank Palace
Author: James Dashner
Release Date: 25th August 2020
Rating: 4/5 stars

Let me start off by saying that I did not think this short novella comprising of 83 pages would make me so emotional.

Newt is obviously my favorite character (and Thomas Brodie-Sangster from the movies will forever be my celebrity crush) so of course I grabbed at the chance to read more of his story.

I don’t usually read novellas, though I have been reviewing a few as of late, but I’m so glad I got the chance to read this one. I expected cranks and Newt having a tough time surviving. Instead, I got a heartfelt yet sad story of a young man spiraling into madness while still trying to help his friends.

I didn’t expect to get so emotional in some parts, especially with the book being so short.

We meet a new character, Keisha, and her son. I suppose you could see them as the last tether Newt has to sanity. It was heartwarming to read their journey together and how they try to stay alive, while it was so heartbreaking to read as the Flare starts to take hold of them.

I never expected The Maze Runner to become half a reflection of our world. Thankfully Covid is nowhere as wild as the Flare, but if this novella has shown me anything, it’s that in these hard times, we need to remember to be kind to everyone we meet.

Everyone’s fighting their own unseen battles and everyone could use a bit of love.

I definitely think this novella is worth a read.

*I received a free arc from Netgalley in exchange for a free review.

That’s it!

Do you think that you might pick this book up?

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Till we meet again!
Xx Alexia

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