“The Maze Runner” by James Dashner

Sunday, November 15, 2015 - Book Reading
“The Maze Runner” by James Dashner

About the book:

Genre: young adult, dystopian, sci fi
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Date of Release: October 6, 2009
Find Online: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads

“If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.”

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

“Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.”

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

“Everything is going to change.”

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.

"The Maze Runner" by James Dashner

“The Maze Runner” by James Dashner

About the author:

James is the author of THE MAZE RUNNER trilogy and THE 13TH REALITY series. He also published a series (beginning with A DOOR IN THE WOODS) with a small publisher several years ago. He lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains.

Find James Dashner Online:
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James Dashner

James Dashner

My review:

Warning: Some spoilers may be included!

So I finally got around to reading this book. I saw the movie last year and loved it. I even saw the movie knowing that it was based on a book series and watched it anyway. I know, crazy, right? (I haven’t seen the second movie yet, so I guess I’ll end up reading the series before that happens.) Now, as weird as this is for me to say (and it might just be because of the mood I’ve been in lately), I don’t think I would have enjoyed this book as much if I hadn’t seen the movie first…

Granted, while it doesn’t exactly start out slow, it’s also not exactly jam packed with action. A kid shows up in the middle of the Glade/Maze without his memory. He knows his name is Thomas, and other than general world knowledge that’s it. He’s surrounded by a large group of boys with the same memory issues, but they’ve been there much longer than he has. Some as long as two years, but as they get a new delivery each month there’s also a kid that’s only been there for a month.

Naturally, as these sorts of things go, Thomas wants to get right in the middle of things and find out everything immediately. And starts off breaking the number one rule in an attempt (successful, thankfully) to save two of the boys. However, right after Thomas arrives, so does a girl. They’ve never had a girl before and she comes with a message that she’s the last one ever. Ooooh, spooky. Or something.

I give this book 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. I don’t know. I really liked the book. I did. But there’s something that I just can’t place my finger on… Again, it easily could have just been my mood this week (it’s not been a good one), but I can’t put this book in the “great” category. The characters felt a bit off and while I liked the weird slang (you slinthead!), it got annoying quickly. Regardless, I’m looking forward to the next book (starting it after I hit post) and I hope I continue to enjoy the series.

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