The Maze Runner - James Dashner | Book Review

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Pages: 374 ebook/audiobook
Publication date: October 6th, 2009
Publisher: Delacorte Press
How I got the copy: Bought 
Rating:  4 out of 5
Genre: Dystopian/Sci-Fi
Series: The Maze Runner #1


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.


This is a dystopian novel that I wanted to read before watching the movie adaptation that was released in September but haven't even watched it yet. 

I thought the plot was a very unique one. The pacing was a little bit slow but at the same time, we are discovering the world with the main character, Thomas. Thomas wakes up in a dark black box with no recollection of who he is or anything about his life.  When he is discovered by the other kids that live in the maze, they don't help answer his questions about where they are now but what he discovers is that none of them remember who they are or anything about they're old life either.

Thomas is desperate to figure out where he was sent and why he was sent to the maze. He wants to know who is behind the maze and why they're trapped in the maze for. But that's not the worse part, when night falls Thomas discovers that in the maze there are metal creatures with sharp arms with spikes that look for anyone left in the maze at night to tear to pieces. 

While getting to know about the maze, Thomas is enlightened that they have created a system of justice and jobs to keep their new home structured and fulling running in an organized way. The only thing Thomas doesn't understand is why all these kids just came to terms with being trapped at this place so easily. They keep telling him to just come to terms with being stuck on the maze and not to question it. They're looking for a way out but Thomas can see that there isn't any urgency for the other kids.. Not in the way he wants to find a way out.

I gave this book a 3/5 stars. Even though I thought the plot was great and very unique and the ending definitely hooked me to find out what is going to happen next. What I didn't really like was the language and the writing wasn't my favourite. I get a future world would have different words for current words we have now but I just didn't love it. I kept putting the book down, 

I wasn't sucked into the story. 


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