The Maze Runner
by James Dashner
Published: October 6, 2009
Genres: Dystopian, Post Apocalyptic, Young Adult
Format: eBook (374 pages)
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. Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess.
The Maze Runner is an intense, action-packed thriller but at the same time manages to be so incredibly moving. I’m reading this for the second time. I know what’s going to happen, and I still get chills! Though it’s pretty intense and sometimes a little dark, it still manages to be funny with the slang that the characters use. The whole book is practically dripping with sarcasm and I loved it.
The characters are great because they are so memorable, likable, and real. I even felt myself empathize with the characters I didn’t like. While it’s a dystopian novel, it’s less about fighting a dictatorship and more about just surviving. It’s unlike any other dystopian novel that I’ve read. When I finished it, I couldn’t help wondering about how much I would fight against the impossible. Such a moving story about never giving up.
Content Rating: Medium, for violence.