Monday, August 01, 2011

The Maze Runner, by James Dashner

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)The Maze Runner by James Dashner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The book started slow and I found it a bit hard to get through the first 100 pages. Then, about 120 pages in, Kaboom! The book became a page turner, I could not read fast enough. Written by James Dashner, this book is a must read.


The book is about Thomas, a 16 year old boy that wakes up in a lift not knowing where he is, how he got there, and more importantly, who he is. The doors open and he sees boys of varying ages looking at him and talking amongst each other. They are the Gladers, and he is in the Glade. They also remember nothing of their previous lives and spend their days trying to solve an unsolvable maze in their attempt to escape the Glade. The Glade, where they live, is surrounded by giant walls that contain a maze and more alarmingly, huge slimy and metallic creatures called the Grievers that try to attack the Gladers. Thomas joins the struggle to find a way out and to try to remember his past. With the arrival of Thomas, everything changes and things are put in motion.


This book is excellent. It is well crafted and full of suspense. As I mentioned, the beginning was a bit slow and I read very little at the beginning. Then the suspense and intensity started to build up and I was unable to put this book down. People and places are well described and I could imagine them easily. The end was very good and it sets up perfectly the next book in the series, The Scorch Trials. Although, I have to say, the end came out of left field. I was expecting most of what happened, but two events left me in shock. Also, I think the last two pages could have been crafted a bit better.


Some characters, such as Mihno, Newt and Chuck, were very well developed and other were heavily under-developed. I hope the next book spends more time developing the character of Theresa. The character interactions were up to par with the level of maturity, the confusion and fright the characters must have felt considering their situation.


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