Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Maze Runner by James Dashner - Review

The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Published by Delacourte Press
Date Published: October 6, 2009
Rating 4.5/5

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.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.

Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.
This book was great! I really enjoyed the aspects of teenagers left to fend for themselves in a seemingly unsolvable maze. James Dashner depicted the lives of these teens surviving the maze and creating a life for themselves. It kept me on end throughout the entire book although it took me longer to read than I would have hoped. The idea of a group of boys being placed in basically a prison without escape kept the book interesting. Especially when Thomas trys to escape. The author developed the characters really well and always had his number of plot twists. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys hair-standing-on-end story lines and innumerable battles to the death. It’s survival of the fittest! WICKED is good.

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