Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Maze Runner: By James Dashner



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.


Before I read The Maze Runner I had heard a lot about it.

I had heard that it was great, incredible, basically that it was the best thing since sliced bread.

But when I started the book, I felt myself instantly get bored. I didn’t really relate to the characters (if anything I found them annoying), I was frustrated with how little I knew about what was going on, and felt all the hype was over rate.

Then I got about half way through the book.

I don’t know exactly what the turning point in the book was for me, but about half way through my opinion started to change. The characters started to grow on me (especially Newt, don’t know why, just really liked his character), the plot finally revealed enough secrets to allow the reader to start to get involved in the story, and there was enough action and momentum built up that the story was moving at a pretty good pace.

Then by the end of the book I was practically glued to the book, I simply couldn’t put it down. Everything was culminating at once, characters had developed enough that they didn’t sound like automatons, and I just wanted to find out what was going to happen next.

For me I feel this is the sign of a really great book. I don’t care how smart or pretentious something sounds (Ok that’s a lie, I usually don’t like pretentious books) but when I look for a book I look for something that will captivate me, something that will floor me and keep me reeling long after it’s done, and The Maze Runner, mostly did that. I say mostly because I still feel the beginning was slow. I understand that this is the first in a series (possibly a trilogy), but in most cases I might have thrown the book away long before The Maze Runner got interesting. All in all This is a fun read and with the sequel The Scorch Trials just around the corner, this is a must read for anyone looking for something fun and exciting.

8.5 out of 10


Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Published: August 24, 2010

Price: $9.99

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