The Maze Runner

// January 5th, 2015 // Book Reviews

Title: The Maze Runner

Author: James Dashner


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.

My Book Review:

I wanted to write a book review on something in my list of the Best Books I’ve Read in 2014. A highly ranked book, so I could go into more detail and give it a little more than the lower ranked books. Number One, the Book Thief, I had already written a book review on. Number Two was the Blood of Olympus, but I had written book reviews on the previous ones. I wanted something extremely new. Number Three I had also written a book review on, Fallout. Number Four though, I hadn’t! Perfect! So here it is, a book review on the Maze Runner! Ahem…

The Maze Runner is a story about a boy named Thomas, and a girl named Teresa. Thomas enters the Glade, a place isolated from the rest of the Earth. All the people in the Glade are kids, boys. But nobody remembers anything, except for their name. A little while after Thomas arrives, weird things are happening. A girl named Teresa comes! The monsters in the famous Maze outside of the Glade enter the Glade! The Gladers need to find a way out of the Maze. But can they get through the winding, turning paths?

The book is a little confusing at the beginning, but it should be. When someone reads it, they ask to themselves things like: Where is Thomas right now? How do they get out? And sometimes, they say, “What is going on right now?” You are following Thomas. And Thomas is just as clueless as you. Since Thomas can only remember his name at the beginning, all you know is… Thomas’s name! The language is also very confusing, because the kids use weird words.

This story is mysterious and adventurous. Everything is unknown until the end of the book, but even then you want to read the sequel, because there are so many unsolved mysteries. Also, Thomas goes on large adventures. I love how the Glade is its own little town run by kids. And then there’s the Maze. The Maze that apparently holds the key to getting out of the Glade. Except nobody has found an exit. Every night, the Maze closes and changes, and whoever is inside at night, stays inside at night. But you don’t want to be out there, because of the Grievers. The Grievers are giant monsters lurking in the Maze, striking to kill. The main reason I like the Maze Runner is because of the concept (exit via a maze with monsters, and kids living in their own town) and the mysteries.

This book is amazing with its mysteries and adventure. I rate it 9 out of 10 stars. The one problem with this book is that sometimes it is TOO confusing. But besides that, its great! I recommend it to middle grade readers who love a sense of mystery surrounding a story. I also recommend the sequels, because they explain a lot of the mysteries! So, as always, have a good (and very mysterious) day!

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