A review of The Maze Runner by James Dashner…
Book: The Maze Runner
Author: James Dashner
Pages: 371 (Paperback)
Genre: Young Adult/ Sci-Fi/ Post-Apocalyptic
Age Recommendation: 12+
Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
“Sometimes you don’t look very hard for things you don’t believe will or can happen.”
When the doors of the lift open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. He’s surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade – a large, walled encampment at the center of a vast maze. The Gladers don’t know why or how they came to be there but they do know that they want to find a way out. Every morning, when the walls slide open, the boys are willing to risk everything to do just that.
On boxing day last year, my boyfriend bought me a load of books in a sale and The Maze Runner was one of them. Like The Mortal Instruments, I had never heard of The Maze Runner until the movie adaption was released in cinemas. Since I had never seen the movie, aside from the story including a maze I had no idea what the story was about which meant I had no idea what to expect.
The Maze Runner follows the story of a teenage boy named Thomas in his journey to find out who he is and why he and his new friends have been placed in the Glade. When I started reading the book I was worried it might be a little too much like The Hunger Games and that I wouldn’t enjoy it but I was really surprised. The first thing I really enjoyed was having a male protagonist! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against female protagonists in anyway it just felt like a nice change from most of the YA novels I have been reading lately! When reading the book I especially enjoyed learning with Thomas. At the start of the book you’re thrown straight into the Glade, just like Thomas. You don’t know why, you don’t know anything about Thomas, the Glade or the world outside of it. This made it a little tricky for me to dive straight into the book. For a while I felt a little lost and confused but after the first couple of chapters and learning that Thomas was just as clueless as I was, I couldn’t put the book down. It helps that the novel is quite short with lots of small chapters. The language used is also pretty simple (I assume the novels were written for younger audiences than myself 😛 ) so this makes The Maze Runner a nice easy read! All of this meant that I could pick up the book every time I had a spare minute and soon enough, I had finished it! Finishing The Maze Runner made me really emotional. After spending 24 hours reading the book I had become very emotionally invested in the characters and found myself caring for half of the Gladers as if they were my own friends. I recommend if you do give it a read you have the second installment waiting for you because I just had to know what happened to the boys next!