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Monday, January 21, 2013

[Review] The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1) by James Dashner

Cover Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Title: The Maze Runner
Series: Maze Runner, #1
Author: James Dashner
Pages: 374 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 6, 2009
Source: Library

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 thirty 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.

I am not quite sure how to review this book. My initial reaction to The Maze Runner was "huh?!" My final reaction was similar, "wait, what?!" It was a major mind trip, and I'm pretty certain that I have more questions now than I did at the beginning. Absolutely nothing was solved or answered or made clear in any fashion, which is frustrating. But I'm most definitely compelled to read the following books, and I think I loved this one, despite my frustrations.

This was a hard story to get into. There's some weird slang and I had no idea what the heck was going on. I felt as disoriented as Thomas did! How did he get there? Where is there? Who are these other boys? Why is there a giant, ivy covered maze full of monsters? Plus many more questions were running through my head. The other boys tell Thomas to stop asking so many questions because they have no answers, so I stopped too and just went with the flow. Until the girl shows up! Then I was even more confused!

The entire concept of a life threatening maze really intrigued me. I tried really hard to figure out what was happening, but of course, I never did. It's all too twisted and weird, and even at the end I wasn't completely sure what was going on. One thing is clear though: the world is not a happy place. That's it, and the boys (and one girl) are somehow the key. But why kill most of them off by slimy, mechanical monsters? I have no clue.

I just kept reading and too soon, I was at the end. The only thing I didn't like about The Maze Runner was the ability that Thomas and Teresa share. It felt random and out of place, and just not needed. I know this whole review is really vague, but the book was also really vague. I guess this is one of those series that just keeps building and building and then there's a huge explosion of answers at the end. The only way to find out is to get the other books!


  1. I have heard such mixed things about this book and I'm not sure if I'll like it based on your review. It sounds a little confusing but it does sound like there is some good stuff mixed in. Great review!

    1. Thanks! This is one of those love it or hate it books, it seems.

  2. The post is handsomely written. I have bookmarked you for keeping abreast with your new posts.


  3. I have been dying to read this one. I have seen a lot of mixed reviews on it and I really just want to see for myself what it's all about. I really liked your review.


    Sara @ Just Another Story

  4. I was going along OK with this book until the shared ability of Thomas and Theresa that you mentioned. Like you said, just out of the blue. I think when that ability was "revealed" was the moment I realized this was perhaps not a book for me. There were things I liked in it, and I think it ended up being around a 3 star book, but nothing spectacular.


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