《The Maze Runner》 【移動迷宮】 @2009


我差點把它譯作《迷宮逃者》(桃姐?)。。。

Thanks for Sarah’s recommendation…

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作者+類別

James Dashner。這書屬於一位美國小說作家的一本科幻小說。這書還有前傳,《The Kill Order》(The Maze Runner 0.5), 將會在 August 14, 2012推出。

故事內容(From Wikipedia

Thomas (the main character) wakes up to find himself in a pitch black elevator. He can’t remember anything but his first name, everything else in his mind is empty. When the lift soon opens, he finds himself surrounded by other kids who welcome him to what they call the Glade, a large expanse surrounded by stone walls hundreds of feet high that move. The Glade is surrounded by an enormous Maze.

People called Runners have studied the Maze for two years, running around the maze each day avoiding the Grievers (machine-like animals that inject a poison into humans that can prove fatal and is life changing). Every day the Runners go into the maze and look for changes in the maze. They come back to the Glade and sketch the day’s changes.

After Thomas arrives,the next day the first girl arrives named Teresa Agnes: Teresa has a telepathic connection with Thomas and tells him that WICKED is good, and that the maze is a code, and meant to be solved. Thomas is completely scared to tell the others about their Gift, and other people, who have gone through the Changing, claim to have seen Thomas before. In an effort to bring memories back about who Thomas really is and why the Gladers are there, Thomas purposefully gets stung by one of the Grievers. During the Changing, Thomas understands why they are there. He and the girl Teresa both helped design the maze, and Thomas finally understands how to escape the Maze.

He gets all of the sketches of the maps of the Maze and stacks them over each other for each day and for each section of the Maze that day on wax paper. The maps start to spell a series of words which have to be entered into a computer through an invisible hole off the Cliff, which lies somewhere in the maze. Everyone realizes this plan and Thomas takes a group and leads their final charge against WICKED, and in the end, types the words in and pushes a button, and a door opens letting the remaining 21 Gladers through.

They all meet the Creators of the Maze. Gally, a crazy Glader who had mysteriously disappeared at one point, throws a knife at Thomas, but Thomas’s friend, Chuck, dives in front of the knife, killing himself. The remaining Gladers are soon taken by a bunch of people that come in and kill the Creators. They find out that the Earth is now a barren wasteland, burned by sun flares. A disease has spread, called The Flare, which makes people crazy, and it is easily spreadable. He set up the maze to find the smartest people to find a cure to this disease. A group of people who are completely against the idea of WICKED get Thomas and the others away from the Creators. Thomas and his group are told that they are heading across an extremely dangerous part near the equator, called the Scorch, to get to a safe haven to find the cure. Thomas and his friends are given shelter, beds, and food, and fall into a peaceful sleep. In the epilogue, the head leader of WICKED, in a couple of memos, describes how group A’s trial results went extremely well in the Maze, and that their next challenge will be to cross the Scorch. Thomas and his friends will be given one day of rest inside the second stage of the trial.

簡略翻譯版

Thomas在醒來時發現自己在一個黑暗的空間,那一瞬間,他一片空白,事後慢慢回想起自己是誰,還有一些片段,但僅止於此,剩下的他都想不起來,我只空白過短短幾分鐘,他卻失掉許多片段,而且之後也想不起來,那種不安、挫敗的心情,我懂。

他醒來後,就好像進入了另一個世界,這個世界只有跟他一樣的青少年,清一色都男的,他們活動一個空間裡,出不去也不知道為何被困在這裡,他們管這裡叫做「迷宮幽地」(The Glade)。這個空間會移動,就好像立體的移動迷宮一樣,所以這些人(他們叫自己做Runner)一直在摸索可以出去的路,儘管已經摸索了兩年。

「迷宮幽地」的少年有一套自己的語言,就好像現在的火星文一樣,什麼叫「遜客」?「啌咚」?「瞎卡頭」?一堆怪異的名詞就好像身在火星上一樣。他頭昏了,而且重點是沒有人說明一下現在是什麼情形,失憶已經不好受了,還沒人願意說明情況,是佛都有火(怒)。

不過呢,雖然一開始很挫敗,搞不清楚狀況只有濃濃的無力感,但生命自會找到出路,雖然還是很一知半解的,Thomas終於開始比較進去狀況了。這裡的男孩子們其實跟他差不多,對這裡都是一知半解的。不過這裡有規矩,是大家一起訂出來的,但許多規矩Thomas不能理解,總想要去試試看。

「迷宮幽地」的外面有移動迷宮,而男孩們之所以出不去,除了迷宮會移動外,還有『鬼火獸』(Grievers) (Machine-like animals that inject a poison into humans that can prove fatal and is life changing)。這種東西,被螫就會『轉化』,而這種過程,沒有想會想經歷,但不可思議的是,只要轉化過的人,都會說他看過Thomas,直指Thomas不是好人,至少不是他們這一邊的,這種指控讓人難受,而且聽過迷宮只有「飛毛腿」可以進去後,湯瑪士想要逃離這一切,他要知道到底發生了什麼事,還有怎麼樣才能出去,而故事就這樣展開了….

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