The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner #1)
Author: James Dashner
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Originally Published: October 6th 2009
Format: eBook (386 pages)
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 Rating: ★★★
I’ve had an ebook of The Maze Runner for well over two years now and for some reason I just never felt the need to read it. I had seen the film before reading this but couldn’t remember a single thing about it, needless to say that I will watch it again now that I’ve read the book.
This is your classic young adult dystopian and I think I arrived to this series a little too late to really be captured by it. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy this book. I thought it was a well crafted story and a unique idea. It just doesn’t seem to have the exciting and addictive thrill to it that I had when I first read series such as The Hunger Games or Divergent. Granted, I read those a few years back and I definitely think that my feelings towards The Maze Runner are strongly linked to missing my peak time for reading this.
I really liked the world that Dashner has created here. There is no doubt that this is a well thought out novel with plenty to keep the reader guessing and moving swiftly through the story. The short chapters were really useful in creating more of a rhythm whilst reading this and I often found myself thinking ‘just one more’. I really, really liked the fact that Dashner created his own dialect for the Gladers. It struck me as odd and disjointed when I first started reading the book, however, similar to Thomas, it did not take long for me to catch on and soon I was reading the dialect as if I used it myself. I thought this was a clever way of engaging us as readers to Thomas’ new surroundings. We’re just as new to this as he is.
I thought there was an interesting array of characters. I did like Thomas, although he seemed a little too perfect at times. I was really interested in Teresa’s character (a female, finally!) and I’m looking forward to learning more about her and Thomas’ connection as there is definitely a lot more to them. I liked how it turned out that the boys’ names linked with different scientists, another clever element. Chuck was probably my favourite character. I just thought he was completely adorable and I loved his loyalty to Thomas.
“You are the shuckiest shuck faced shuck in the world!”
“You get lazy, you get sad. Start givin’ up. Plain and simple.”
There is certainly plenty to like about this series, I just wanted something more exciting. It has definitely given me enough of a flavour to continue with this series at some point and I’ll definitely be watching the film again to see if I actually understand it this time!
Have you read The Maze Runner trilogy? Should I continue?