Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Maze Runner Review


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.

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 384

Rating: 4.5/5


The Maze Runner by James Dashner is the next best dystopian novel since Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. While reading this book I was reminded of The Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Just because of the setting of the novel and how the only people that live in the maze are boys. The boys vary in age just like Lord of the Flies. For two years the boys of the maze have searched for ways to escape. Every month a newbie would arrive and once a week at a certain time the boys would recieve all the supplies they needed or requested from the box. Everything changes when a girl arrives in the box and tells the boys that the end is near. A lot of the boys suspect that Thomas the main character has something do with every thing that goes on in the maze, because a day afer he arrives a girl shows up. This is a rare event in the maze because there has never been a girl in the maze and they have never gotten two newbies in a month. Thomas knows that he is destined to be a runner. Runners go out every day to explore the maze. Even though he has seen and heard bad things about the grievers he still wants to become a runner. Grievers are part animal, part machine and they are feared by all the boys. Boys who get stung by the grievers go through a changing and afterwards they all claim that Thomas was in their visions. Will the boys ever find a way out of the maze before it is too late?


The Maze Runner had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I was hooked on this book. Even though I didn't care much for the Lord of the Flies this book is 100 times better. The book had me coming up with questions that I wanted answers to. Which eventually most of them got answered, but some didn't as to leave a hook for the next book in the series which I no doubt will be getting when it comes out. The ending left me a little confused though. I was captivated with this book because of the suspense. The ending had a lot of suspense. At times I found the actions of some of the characters to be senseless and wondered why Mr. Dashner put it in the novel. Overall this book was great and everyone should read it.

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