Sunday 30 June 2013

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner
Author: James Dashner
Pages: 374
Publication Date: October 6, 2009
Publisher: Delacorte Press

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.

After hearing so much hype about this series, I thought I would give it a try. The story begins with Thomas waking up. He finds that he has no memory at all; the only thing he remembers is his name. He enters the Glade and is introduced to the kids who are also trapped inside the Glade. Together they find a way to survive as they get thrown difficult challenges.

The Maze Runner was a fantastic read for me. It had the perfect dose of suspense and mystery. This book will have you flipping through pages and pages until you reach the end. The beginning was a bit slow for me, but after a few chapters, it starts to pick up.

One of the things that I disliked about this book was Thomas. I didn't really enjoy his character. He was annoying - very annoying. It didn't help that his POV was in third person. I think that if it was written in first person that it would have been better. Or another alternative would have been if we got into the heads of the other characters such as Minho, Chuck or perhaps Newt.

The ending was brilliant. It was planned perfectly and I had no clue what was going to happen next. I'm extremely excited to read the second book in the series. Hopefully it would be as good as this one. 

The Maze Runner is a great read for those who love action, mystery and suspense. I highly recommend!



  1. I love The Maze Runner! Have you read the sequels? I really want to!


    1. I have not yet read the sequels but I plan to finish the series before the movie comes out. Can't wait for it to hit the big screen!

  2. I love action, mystery and suspense! I'll check this book out before the movie release.
    But, an annoying main character? Hmm, I'm not sure if it will bode well for me. I've read a book told by a whiny boy, it irritates me to the point that reading the book became so dreadful I know longer care what happened to the story, so I put it back on the shelf.
    This will be on my to read/buy list, nonetheless ;)