The Maze Runner – James Dashner [TSS]

Title: The Maze Runner
Author: James Dashner
ISBN: 9780385737944
Pages: 384
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.

Comments

  1. This is the next book up for me! I can’t wait to read it!

  2. This is the next book up for me! I can’t wait to read it!

  3. I didn’t love the end either. But I will still pick up the next one!

  4. I didn’t love the end either. But I will still pick up the next one!

  5. Carl’s reading this and now I’m anxious to see what he thinks of the end.

  6. Carl’s reading this and now I’m anxious to see what he thinks of the end.

  7. I can’t wait to read this one!!

  8. I can’t wait to read this one!!

  9. I have this and plan to read it soon. 🙂

  10. I have this and plan to read it soon. 🙂

  11. I’ve been really curious about this book since I first read about it and am thinking of reading it myself. It sounds like a great book. I am sorry the ending wasn’t more satisfying for you.

    Have a great week!

  12. I’ve been really curious about this book since I first read about it and am thinking of reading it myself. It sounds like a great book. I am sorry the ending wasn’t more satisfying for you.

    Have a great week!

  13. I really wish that my library would get this in stock! I want to read it so bad!

  14. I really wish that my library would get this in stock! I want to read it so bad!

  15. I loved this book! I thought the ending was good and set up the next book nicely. I like that this book has a wide appeal to young readers, both girls and boys!

  16. I loved this book! I thought the ending was good and set up the next book nicely. I like that this book has a wide appeal to young readers, both girls and boys!

  17. I really want to read this. I think I will make it a priority to get for Christmas!

  18. I really want to read this. I think I will make it a priority to get for Christmas!

  19. Sounds intriguing! I’ll have to keep a look out for this!

  20. Sounds intriguing! I’ll have to keep a look out for this!

  21. I liked this book and agree there are definitely Hunger Games comparisons (which makes sense in some capacity). the thing of the ending for me was I wonder how it’ll work next round. Part of the charm was the Maze and the uncertainty of that aspect. Of course you can only deal with that so long because the story has to progress but still it’s a huge part of the story.

  22. I liked this book and agree there are definitely Hunger Games comparisons (which makes sense in some capacity). the thing of the ending for me was I wonder how it’ll work next round. Part of the charm was the Maze and the uncertainty of that aspect. Of course you can only deal with that so long because the story has to progress but still it’s a huge part of the story.

  23. I was exactly the opposite, the story in this book was good for me, but not great, because what I really wanted to know about was the world that made this possible, so I’m incredibly excited for the next two books.

  24. I was exactly the opposite, the story in this book was good for me, but not great, because what I really wanted to know about was the world that made this possible, so I’m incredibly excited for the next two books.

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