Review * The Maze Runner by James Dashner

August 20, 2012 Reviews 14 ★★

Review * The Maze Runner by James DashnerThe Maze Runner by James Dashner
Series: Maze Runner #1
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers on October 6, 2009
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 374
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. He has no recollection of his parents, his home, or how he got where he is. His memory is empty.

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 expanse enclosed 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, for as long as anyone can remember, the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night, for just as long, they've closed tight. Every thirty days a new boy is delivered in the lift. And no one wants to be stuck in the Maze after dark.

The Gladers were expecting Thomas' arrival. But the next day, a girl is sent up- the first girl ever to arrive at the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. The Gladers have always been convinced that if they can solve the maze that surrounds the Glade, they might find their way home... wherever that may be. But it's looking more and more as if the Maze is unsolvable.

And something about the girl's arrival is starting to make Thomas feel different. Something is telling him that he just might have some answers- if he can only find a way to retrieve the dark secrets locked within his own mind.

What I Thought…

  • First Impression: Not impressed.
  • The Maze Runner is not awful.  I did finish it, and I read it fairly quickly.  The plot is different, and there are some sci-fi elements to it.
  • Thomas was an ok character, but I didn’t really connect with him at all.  Part of that could be attributed to the fact that he didn’t have a past.  I’m not really sure.  Minho was my favorite character.  He was a little bit crazy but had a pretty level head.  He was also a little underhanded and I liked that.  I think I would have liked Teresa if there would have been a little more of her in the book.
  • The best part of the book for me was the how the boys interacted with each and formed their society and how they dealt with everything that cropped up.  For being a bunch of teenage boys they were a pretty well run society, they had many problems but had an organizational system in place.  They all went about their business and did their jobs just like in a traditional society.
  • One thing I didn’t like was that they had all these made up words (usually used in place of traditional cuss words) and it just felt unnecessary to throw that into the mix of the confusing plot line. Though by the end of the book I was reading them in my head as the cuss words that I believe they replaced.
  • The biggest downside to The Maze Runner was that I had no idea wtf was going on throughout most of the book.  200 pages in and I was still seriously confused, and not in a good way.  I don’t mind books being mysterious, if I’m reading a murder mystery I don’t want to know who did it in the first couple of chapters, but I don’t like to be confused at what’s going on.  Does that makes sense?
  • The Maze Runner started to get more exciting a little after page 200 and I held out hope that all would be well at the end.  Now I know that it’s part of a trilogy, so I didn’t expect a perfect happily ever after ending, but at the end of the book I was still left with all the same questions that I had throughout the book AND there is another question posed at the end.  So at the end I am still confused!  The answers that are given are such non answers that it drove me nuts!
  • I still don’t know if I want to finish the series.  Part of me wants to because I want the answers!  The other part of me doesn’t want to because I don’t want to waste my time reading a book when there might not be any answers.

Overall… I just don’t know.  It’s been a long time since I’ve been this unsettled over a book.  I didn’t like it, but I didn’t not like it either.


14 Responses to “Review * The Maze Runner by James Dashner”

  1. Marce

    Interesting….. This was on my TBR list for awhile, then I read 2 other Dystopian and realised the genre isn’t for me.

  2. Jenny

    Oh boy. I could leave the longest comment but I think I’ll just write my feelings in my own review. I will tell you that we mostly agree. This books saving grace was my low, really low, expectations.

  3. Bittner

    I checked out the audio version from my library and couldn’t get past the first disc. I was just feeling bored but I was hoping it was because I was listening to it and not reading it.