The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Release Date: October 6, 2009
Received From:  Loaned to me
Series: Maze Runner
My Rating: 5 Stars
IBSN: 0385737947
Reading Level: Young Adult


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 whe…more 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 arrives in the lift—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.

My thoughts: 

First of all, that is a great description!  It really does tell you what the book is about.  Now when I finished this book I had to take a second to gather my thoughts.  It was WOW.  Yes, just another WOW.  This book made me think.  It made me turn the pages furiously, having to know what was going to happen next.  It was hard to read, but like a horror movie I couldn’t look away, I had to know what was going to happen.   I had to figure it all out and I had to know NOW!  Well, that means that I flew through this book to get the answers I so desperately sought.

I was unsure at first what I thought of the main character, Thomas.  He wasn’t terribly like-able at first, though he wasn’t unlike-able either.  But as the story progressed I really grew to respect him and with that came the like part.  The side characters all had interesting personalities that kept me interested.  I don’t really know what to say about them, but they all played their roles well.

Have you read The Hunger Games?  While you read it did you feel like I just described above?  Like you HAD to know what happened?  That you were horrified at what was happening but you couldn’t put it down?  Were your emotions all over the place?  Crying, laughing, screaming, wanting to reach in and choke someone?  Yeah, well, this book was like that.  Not as extreme or quite as emotional, but it definitely had a similar feel.  It was different though!  So be prepared emotionally but don’t expect quite as much awesomeness as The Hunger Games.

This book was well wrote, well thought out, and it brought out those emotions, which I say makes a good book!  I’m torn on whether this is a 4 moon or 5 moon book.  I was thinking it deserves 5 moons compared with most normal books, but then I compare it to The Hunger Games and it’s not THAT good.  I think HG is just way too over the top good and it’s unfair to compare anything to it.  I’m still going with the 5/5 moons for this one.

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  1. Fantastic review! I love that can’t-turn-the-pages-fast-enough kind of book & must read this one before the second book is published. :)

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