11 April 2011

{Book Review} The Maze Runner

By: Me My Shelf And I | 11 April 2011 at 7:46 AM | | | | |
Format: eBook
Pages: 384 Hardcover
Published: October 6, 2009
Source: Book Club
ng: 5 Birds

Imagine waking up one day in total darkness, unsure of where you are and unable to remember anything about yourself except your first name. You're in a bizarre place devoid of adults called the Glade. The Glade is an enclosed structure with a jail, a graveyard, a slaughterhouse, living quarters, and gardens. And no way out. Outside the Glade is the Maze, and every day some of the kids -- the Runners -- venture into the labyrinth, trying to map the ever-changing pattern of walls in an attempt to find an exit from this hellish place. So far, no one has figured it out. And not all of the Runners return from their daily exertions, victims of the maniacal Grievers, part animal, part mechanical killing machines.

Thomas is the newest arrival to the Glade in this Truman-meets-Lord of the Flies tale. A motley crew of half a dozen kids is all he has to guide him in this strange world. As soon as he arrives, unusual things begin to happen, and the others grow suspicious of him. Though the Maze seems somehow familiar to Thomas, he's unable to make sense of the place, despite his extraordinary abilities as a Runner. What is this place, and does Thomas hold the key to finding a way out?

The very first thought I had after getting a chapter or two in was that it reminded me of a cross between The Lost Boys (from Neverland, not the vampire ones from the 80's) and the movie Lord of the Flys. Only in a little bit different location.

The made up words/language they boys had, at first made me groan. One thing that drives me crazy if when a new word/phrase is tried out in a book and it does nothing more then make me cringe each time it pops up. Dashner really didn't have this problem. His new words were consistent, there were only 3-4 and they worked. High fives to you JD for the ability of sounding like you weren't a "klunk-head" (wink)

The story itself was engaging and suspenseful. By far the best dystopian book I have ever read. Far to often you find authors write a dystopian book but still want the frills and things from the non-dystopian world and the two collide, making for a not so good book. I'm really thankful for this steady story line that never let me down.

The Maze Runner gets 5 Birds and will definitely be highly recommended by me. I'm looking forward to reading book 2 The Scorch Trials, and then hanging on with everyone else until book 3 comes out in October of this year.



  1. I have had this book for SO long! I really need to get with the program and read it. I keep hearing such great things about it all the time. I love a good dystopian novel!

  2. I loved this one too. The second one is just as awesome, I can't wait for the third one to finally come out!


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