Title: The Maze Runner
Author: James Dashner
Release Date: October 6, 2009
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Genre: Teen, Science Fiction
Source: Amazon Vine
Rating: 4 out of 5
From the publisher’s website:
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 might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.
I’ve been hearing a lot about The Maze Runner everywhere I turn, so when it came up for review at Amazon Vine, I jumped at the chance to read it. And once I started, I couldn’t put it down.
The Maze Runner was an incredibly gripping read. I read each page with anticipation, trying to figure out what was going on. Dashner does a wonderful job creating a vivid world that the reader can picture in their mind. This is a place full of questions, with few answers to be had. Every time Thomas turns around, he is faced with another puzzle, something else that just doesn’t add up. It makes this book very difficult to put aside once you’ve started it.
Thomas is an endearing character that is easy to like. He is incredibly curious about the Glade and what is going on around him. Though sometimes his inquisitiveness can be borderline obnoxious, it’s clear that he’s a natural leader and needs to know what is going on around him. I liked that he was brave and willing to take risks for people he barely knew. The mystery surrounding him was also compelling and it really propelled the story forward and kept the reader hooked.
I have to say, I didn’t love the ending of the novel. I felt like the solution to everything was too easy, too simple. Though the end of The Maze Runner opens up an entire new can of worms (after all, this is the first book in a trilogy), I’m not sure I like where it’s going. To me, it was just strange. That isn’t to say I’m not eager to read the next book – I’m just not entirely certain about it!
The Maze Runner is inevitably going to be compared to The Hunger Games, another YA science fiction trilogy. Though I do have to admit I enjoyed The Hunger Games more, The Maze Runner is still an amazingly suspenseful novel that I definitely recommend.