※ <Crank Palace> was released a few months ago, so if you have not read the book, be aware of spoilers. This is an analysis, so it probably has more spoilers than other posts related to the book.
» This analysis is also lengthy. Read when you have time (it will probably take three~five minutes for an advanced English speaker, probably less or more; it actually depends).
↓ a sad but amazing photo to prevent people from reading spoilers (source: The Maze Runner Facebook page)
Okay, here we go. ↓↓↓ (it's a copy of my book report, so it is kind of formal)
<Crank Palace> is the latest book (a novella printed in 2020) in <The Maze Runner> series, which has become my favorite book series. In summary, the book tells us Newt's story, who is not immune to the Flare virus, while he was away from his friends when they arrived in Denver, Colorado.
I loved many quotes and parts in this book, so I will analyze them one by one. It starts in Chapter One. The sentences that say: 'To give his friends the best shot they had at succeeding, with one less obstacle. One less Newt.' This part was very touching and sad because Newt thought of himself as an obstacle to his friends. Maybe his choice was right; maybe wrong. Because the world was so ravaged and torn by the Flare, we do not know if every choice the characters made was right.
Next, when Newt started remembering his family, it was very hopeful that his Swipe (memory erasure) was going away. Alternatively, WICKED, the organization that experimented with Newt and his friends, purposedly gave back the memories to discover how it stimulates their subjects' brains.
Third, the part in Chapter Fourteen: 'They turned to leave, unspeakable pain on their faces. They were leaving him. He wanted them to. He hated them for doing it. Tommy. Minho. Brenda. Jorge. Walking away. Out the door.' The situation must have been a tough choice for Newt. He knew that he should be selfless, but that also hurt his friends. On the other hand, Newt did want to be together with his friends once again.
Fourth, the part in Chapter Twenty: '"Sonya," he said, the word coming out of nowhere. "You remind me of my sister, Sonya. I'm starting to remember her. ...He didn't know why he was saying all this, but it filled him with something very close to joy.' Every reader would have known that Newt and Sonya are siblings, which was revealed in <The Fever Code>. Nevertheless, it was deemed that they did not know the fact unless the Swipe was removed. The part was very memorable, moving, and joyful because at least Newt managed to remember his family before he died (but there is still the theory of WICKED deliberately giving the memories back).
Last but not least, the whole Epilogue was immensely sorrowful and touching. Newt realizes Thomas has shot him because he told Thomas to do so and describes the situation as if he is hearing an angel's voice, whomever it is talking to him. The voice confirms that Sonya is alive, and she will bring Newt's journal to Thomas. I believe the voice was Chancellor Paige, but anyway, in <The Death Cure>, Thomas could not get Newt's journal because WICKED was bombarded. The last two sentences are also perfect: 'Tommy, Newt thought. Tommy will understand. And then the light went out.'
This book helped me (and probably the other readers) understand what happened when Newt was gone and how it felt to succumb to the Flare virus. I agree with a statement in the Author's Note when the author says that this story will be a bittersweet journey. <Crank Palace> was a bittersweet and also a fantastic book. I hope more novellas or books are coming up written with other characters' points of view (for example, Teresa, Gally, or Minho).
And an extra (exclusive) analysis: <Crank Palace> is the ultimate evidence of why Newt is gay. Throughout the books (the main three novels), it seems that Newt is closest to Minho, Alby, and the other 'first Gladers'. But in his point of view, it seems that he cares about Thomas the most (even calls him 'Tommy' in the book). I believe that even though Newt did not have time to confirm his sexuality, this book shows that Newt likes Thomas more than others, and probably more than just a best friend.
P.S. I cried bucketfuls after reading this book. I cried in the first chapter, cried in chapter fourteen, and cried in chapter twenty and the epilogue. It was an emotional rollercoaster, and as some of you know, I wrote a book report to express my emotions and thoughts about the book. I really think writing is a good option to express one's emotions, and I recommend that you as well as try it :)
And... this post became too long. ✅ Bye!