Book Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

29 Aug

Title: The Maze Runner (Maze Runner #1)
Author: James Dashner
ISBN: 978-0-385-73795-1
Book Details: Paperback, 375 pages
Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars


When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. He has no recollection of his parents, his home, or how he got where he is. His memory is empty.

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 expanse enclosed 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, for as long as anyone can remember, the stone doors to the maze that surround them have opened. Every night, for just as long, they’ve closed tight. Every thirty days a new boy is delivered in the lift. And no one wants to be stuck in the Maze after dark.

The Gladers were expecting Thomas’ arrival. But the next day, a girl is sent up — the first girl ever to arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. The Gladers have always been convinced that if they can solve the maze that surrounds the Glade, they might find their way home…wherever that may be. But it’s looking more nad more as if the Maze is unsolvable.

And something about the girl’s arrival is starting to make Thomas feel different. Something is telling him that he just might have some answers — if he can only find a way to retrieve the dark secrets looked within his own mind.

When I started reading The Maze Runner I was excited by the blurb on the back of the book. As I continued through the book I was somewhat disappointed by the lack of character development. By the end of the book I really only felt a strong attachment to one character, Chuck, and he was in more of a supporting role than anything.

I did find Dashner’s dystopian world where staying out past dark is akin to suicide, and your every move is being watched and analyzed by the unseen Creators, to be really well-developed.

Nearing the end of the book, I found myself frantically attempting to work out the clues, flipping back to earlier parts of the book to check if I had missed any details that would help me figure out the puzzle before the characters did.


If you’re looking for a new series, I would recommend checking out this book.



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