Book Review: The Maze Runner (Maze Runner #1) by James Dashner

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 black. 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 they could remember, the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night, 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’s arrival. But the next day, a girl springs up—the first girl ever to arrive in 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 be able to 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.
This book reminded me a lot of Lord of the Flies.  It has that same group mentality of survival of the fittest.  I really felt for Thomas.  I enjoyed this one, it was my first time reading this author and I felt like the writing was similar to Scott Westerfeld.  I loved the ending!  I'm looking foward to reading the next one in this series.

Just One Gripe:
The characters felt underdeveloped at times.  Also, this is probably better for kids, young teens, and men not interested in romance as it is all action, all the time (like Scott Westerfeld) and absolutely no love interest at all.

The Best Thing About This Book:
The surprise at the end.  No one is who you think they are!

Appropriate for a younger audience:

As this is more of a children's book, I am scoring it against other children's books. A five star children's book is not equivalent to a five star adult book, in my opinion.


Plot:  5/5
Setting/Imagery:  4/5
Originality:  5/5
Ending:  5/5
Total Score:  23/25

The Maze Runner was a 3.5 star book for me personally, but I am rating it against other children's lit and it deserves 4.5 stars for that genre.

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