Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner
By: James Dashner
Released: October 6, 2009
Source: Borrowed
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. 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, open expanse surrounded 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 the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift. Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind" (Summary from

James Dashner's The Maze Runner is the dystopian story of Thomas who wakes up in the Glade with no memory of his life except his name. The Glade is filled with several other boys who have no memory of their life or how they got into the Glade. Every morning the gates that surround them open up to a deadly maze and every night those gates close. For two years a new boy arrives once a month but, things begin to change when Thomas arrives because the next day a girl arrives.

I'm not sure where to even begin this book has completely messed with my mind. These kids are taken and put into this deadly maze with no memory of who they are or where they are from but, they are surviving. They have set up a system and code to live by. Thomas is a selfless and strong protagonist who, as soon as he gets there, starts trying to figure a way out. Thomas is also pretty impatient though and immediately demands some answers. Teresa is the only girl amongst the boys but she is tough and more than capable of taking care of herself. I also loved the characters of Chuck, Newt, and Minho. I especially liked the friendship that developed between Chuck and Thomas.

It did take me some time to get into the story and get used to the Glader's slang. I was just as confused as the boys on what was going on. However, only a couple of chapters in and I did not want to ever put this book down. I became just as impatient as Thomas for some answers. I never knew what to expect and there are so many twisted and shocking surprises that I never saw coming. This is definitely a book that I will be thinking about for months to come. The ending leaves on a major cliffhanger and I can't wait to begin reading The Scorch Trials. I highly recommend The Maze Runner, it is an intense read with a great balance of mystery and horror.

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  1. I reviewed this one yesterday!!!!!!!!!!! Isn't it AMAZING!!!! I'm just finishing up Scorch Trials and it is SO GOOD!!! I can't wait for Death Cure :)))

    Anna @ Literary Exploration

  2. I need to read this series! It's sounds so good and exactly my type of book!

    Thanks for the review, you've reminded me why I put them on my wishlist!

  3. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I keeps you thinking and guessing the whole way through but always just tells you enough. It keeps you in the same boat as the characters and it is very interesting that way. I have now read The Maze Runner as well as The Scorch Trials and both are amazing reads that you cannot put down. If you liked the Hunger Games style and mindset you will like these books!


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