Book Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner
May 4, 2015
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.
Once the movie came out and I heard the reviews, I knew I needed to read this book. I have some mixed feelings after reading this one. Here are my thoughts:
On The Plus Side:
- Dashner created an interesting world. It’s just a bummer that you don’t have much understanding of it until the end. I also think that he could have spent more time developing the setting both within the walls and within the maze.
- Dashner builds suspense and keeps you guessing as to what is really going on, who’s good and who’s not, and what could possibly happen next. I was able to make some guesses as to what was going to happen though.
- I liked the relationship between Thomas and Teresa – there was some mystery to it, but I enjoyed how the romantic tension began to build.
- I was intrigued with many of the characters, but it does take a little effort to recall all of the secondary characters after you put the book down for the night and begin reading again the next day. Dashner could have done a better job at solidifying the characters personalities as well as their different relationships.
On the Minus Side:
- You are left with a ton of questions at the end. I haven’t heard the best reviews of Book 2 so I’m on the fence as to whether I will read it or not. It may depend how I feel about the movie when I see it.
- It takes awhile for the action to pick up. I found myself on the edge of my seat towards the end of the book, but the beginning and parts of the middle were a little slow.
- I’m sure if I were to keep reading the series it might make more sense, but I’m disappointed that women are not represented in a stronger fashion as contenders for those to survive.
- I’m finding that I’m starting to grow a little weary of YA dystopian. I’m not saying I won’t read it, but I wonder if I would have appreciated this one more had I read it before other series’.
- The writing was nothing overly memorable – no awesome quotes were added to my quote notebook. In addition, like I’ve mentioned, Dashner could have better developed many of the characters as well as the setting.
So here’s an interesting tidbit, I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads, but as I’m now typing this review, I’m thinking of far more negatives than positives. Hmmmmmm….I’m starting to question what I even think of this one!
What did you think of The Maze Runner? How did the movie compare to the book?