Book Review: The Maze Runner

August 31, 2012

The Maze Runner by James Dashner
One of my sister’s bridesmaids mentioned The Maze Runner to me while we were prepping for her wedding back in June. I mentioned wanting to read it last month, but it wasn’t available at the library at the time. Luckily I didn’t have to wait too long for it to be returned and I was able to read it this month.

This story follows Thomas, who wakes up in a dark lift unable to remember anything other than his name. When the doors open, Thomas is greeted by a group of boys who all live in the Glade, a large area surrounded by stone walls that lead to a gigantic labyrinth. None of the other boys can remember their lives before being put in the lift either and have no clue who put them in the Glade or how to solve the Maze – which they’re convinced is the way to escape. The only things they do know are that the stone walls leading to the maze open each morning and close each night protecting them from dangerous creatures called Greivers, and every 30 days a new boy is brought in the lift. But, only one day after Thomas arrives a girl is sent up in the lift – the first girl to ever be delivered into the Glade – and she brings a haunting message. Now it’s more important that ever that the boys solve the maze and Thomas may be their only hope.

WHAT I LIKEDThe action picked up right away and the adventure continued throughout the whole book, making it a fun read and very hard to put down. The mystery of the maze was very intriguing and kept me interested throughout the story and anxious to find out what was going to happen. I also really liked the main character, Thomas. I don’t know what it was exactly, but I just really enjoyed reading from his perspective.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKEThe ending. It ended on a cliff hanger of sorts, with no real closure, and left a lot of questions still unanswered. Since this is the first book in a set I understand why it needed to set up for another story, but still, I always get a little miffed with these sort of endings. I’ve already started reading the sequel, The Scorch Trials, so hopefully I’ll get some answers soon.

OVERALLI liked it a lot and would recommend it, as long as you don’t mind having to read the whole series. It looks like it’s going to be made into a movie next year too, so that’s always fun. I’ll be back next month with reviews of the other books in the series.

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