Book Review – The Maze Runner

Author: James Dashner
Series: The Maze Runner
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dystopia
Release Date: 24th August 2010
Publishers: Delacorte Press
No. Pages: 329
Source: Myself
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.

The Maze Runner came highly recommended. This was a book that I would have eventually picked up, but picked up quicker due to its raving reviews. Although I expected to fall madly in love with this book from the first page (which was probably an unrealistic opinion in the first place – blame the mountain of praise this book was receiving) I found it difficult to get into, to begin with.

A new boy arrives to the glade, through the box, every month. The book starts with the arrival of Thomas, who cannot remember anything but his own name. However, he is not alone. An army of boys welcome him to the glade, who have all arrived in the same way and none who can recall life before the maze. For the past two years the gladers have had one goal: escape the maze. Thomas’ arrival sparks the start of strange events, including the arrival of a girl with a message – escape or die.

This book frustrated me at the start. No one wanted to answer Thomas’ questions, which agitated and annoyed me. Especially, when by the end of the book I still did not understand why there was so much refusal in the first place. The lack of answers made the book feel repetitive and sluggish as Thomas was asking the same questions over and over and over again.

However, once Thomas began to find answers to some of his questions the book picked up speed and was filled with action, suspense and humour. The book became hard to put down as I found myself drawn into the world of the gladers.

Dashner used a unique language that was difficult to pick up in the beginning but as the book progressed and thomas’ knowledge of the glade grew, so did the readers. This helped the reader feel a part of the world that was created and to relate to the characters of the book.

Although, I enjoyed Dashner’s writing style for the most part, I did find it annoying at times when he told us how Thomas was feeling rather than expressing how he was feeling through his actions and words. Apart from that, I enjoyed the descriptive nature of Dashner’s writing, which helped the reader visualise both the maze and the nightmarish grievers.

This books ends on a cliff hanger, that left me craving the sequel.

3stars

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