Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Title: The Maze Runner
Author: James Dashner
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Hardcover, 374 pages
Date Published: October 6, 2009

Description (Taken from Goodreads)
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 springs up—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.
The Maze Runner is a sci-fi/dystopian novel at its best. It starts off with Thomas, a boy of about 16, waking up in a metal box with a bunch of teen boys, some older, some younger, staring at him. Thomas comes to learn that he has arrived in the Glade and he is now part of a small, self-contained community of boys. Each boy has his own job and title and for the past two years, the boys have been working to solve the puzzle of the Maze.

Like most of the boys, Thomas is scared upon his arrival, but unlike everyone else, Thomas has a feeling of familiarity with the Glade. When a girl arrives the day after Thomas, it’s clear that everything is changing and it seems like Thomas may play a part in that change.

It took me some time to really get into The Maze Runner, but once I did, I was completely hooked. James Dashner is so descriptive and has created such an elaborate story that it is hard not to enjoy. The mystery of the Maze had me so intrigued that I needed to know more. The Gladers,  the Maze, the Grievers, it’s all so mysterious and unknown that I found myself reading more and more, in an attempt to solve the mystery.

The story is incredibly well-crafted with likable characters and twists and turns galore. There were times when I was nearly screaming because I didn’t want the characters to do something and other times I was on the edge of my seat gnawing on my fingernails in anticipation.

One word that can perfectly describe this book is intense. The novel is intense in all respects. It can scare you death, have you laughing, and it even moved me to tears. The ending was entirely unexpected and the last 150 pages or so completely blew me away. The Maze Runner is pure genius and I’m now anxiously awaiting the second book in the series.

 More 4.5
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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7 comments:

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

I'm reading this now too! thanks for the review. i'm super excited to continue.

J. Kaye said...

I'll be reading this one soon. So glad you enjoyed it.

Book Snob said...

I've been wanting to read this book for a long time. Thanks for the great review!

Melissa said...

Great review! This is my next read after The Dark Divine, so I'm excited now!

The Book Vixen said...

I've seen great reviews on this one and I can't wait to get a copy. Very nice review!

Pixie said...

Great review

Nikki (A Haunt of Ancient Peace) said...

Thanks everyone!! It's definitely on my MUST READ list of 2009

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