Book Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

9780385737951_p0_v2_s260x420The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Release Date: October 6, 2009
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 379
Price: $10.99

“Then one final boom rumbled across the Glade as all four Doors sealed shut for the night.”

When Thomas wakes in a metal lift ascending to the top of god knows what, he knows nothing more than his name. All of his memories are gone, along with how he got into the metal crate to begin with. Greeted by hordes of other young men, Thomas soon realizes he’s entered into some sort of society built within four walls that seem to touch the sky. Soon, Thomas is immersed in life in the Glade where rules and structure keep the other boys who inhabit it safe.

Outside the Glade is an infinite and ever shifting maze that may hold the key to their escape—except no one has ever found a way out. The maze is full of dark corners and creatures that lurk around trying to keep the boys in line. When Thomas catches a glimpse of the maze he’s pulled to it, as if he’s meant to explore it.

Everything is going to change.

But then the body of a girl arrives, the first girl, and clasped within her hand is a message that terrifies and alters everything the boys knew about their surroundings.

Things in the Glade are heating up and the only way to stay alive is through the maze.

I broke my own cardinal rule of seeing the film adaptation of a book before reading it. However, when I think about it, it may have been for the best. While the main gist of the story and the characters were the same, many of the plot lines and character developments were different. Had I read the book and then seen the film I probably would have been a little more annoyed instead of coming out of the theater happy and curious. The book is relatively short and lends itself to quick reading from the writing style. You get sucked into the world of the Glade extremely easily and things begin to unravel almost instantly. You are fueled by questions and curiosity for what lies beyond the maze and it drives you to keep reading. I was entertained, but at the same time disturbed by the book. Which makes sense because it’s a dystopian novel and nothing is ever sunshine and daisies in that genre. While it has some similarities to its counterparts The Hunger Games and Divergent, the story lines are completely different. Don’t let the title of dystopian novel, scare you away from reading. This is a very thought out and carefully planned, as well as executed, plotline that deserves credit for originality and creativity. I just ordered the second and third books in the trilogy and I can’t wait for them to come in. Get to reading!






One thought on “Book Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

  1. I read the book before I saw the film and I think you’re right. I was a little disappointed. It was still a good film but I preferred the way it played out in the book. Looking forward to reading (and watching) the next installment. 🙂

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