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Review: James Dashner, The Maze Runner

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When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. 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, open expanse surrounded 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 the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.

Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

Okay so we are gona dive straight in. I really liked this book. The overall story was a really interesting and different take on the traditional dystopian future which has become more previlant in alot of YA novels i’ve noticed in my last couple of visits to my favourite place on earth – Waterstones! Because of the success of the Hunger Games and kinda like the Vampire phenomenon which emerged after the whole Twilight craziness – which ruined alot of Vampire books because it has been so overdone, if someone ruins werewolves i may freak! 🙂 And twilight doesnt count because they are shapeshifters – not were’s. ANd not totally dis-ing twilight because i’ve read and own them all and was really into them at the start because i had them before most people – but they arent amazing and have been totally over hyped – soz.

So in this book it takes the dystopian universe and a group of boys who have been placed in a maze without any of there memories . So part of my interest in this book is how its writen in the first person, so i felt like i was learning more about the world alone with Thomas and facing each challenge as it comes. And as i learned along with Thomas i kept being surprised and kept trying to guess what was gona come along – and i failed epically – which is awesome! lol because that is one of my worst habits when it comes to reading YA because i can ruin a book for myself and the fact that this kept me guessing made me get through this book in like 2days – so that is the sign of a good book for me – because if i dont like something i can very easily give up and just put a book in my book chest, which is really a blanket chest which holds my ridiculous amount of overflow of books which cant fit on my book shelf and my rooms really small so organisation is necessary.

But back to the book: the characters were all really originally and their names made the incredibly nerdy bit of me happy – small spoiler- they were named after scientist – like Thomas is after Thomas Edison and there is a Newton and Einstein etc – LOve! And Teresa are only female character is really interest and is the cause of all the major drama in their already weird little lives 🙂 and im hoping that there will be more of her in the next book in the series as her and Thomas’ relationship and ‘connection’ 🙂 grows and develops as i felt she was only starting to come into her own at the very end of the book.

The creatures in this book were again veryy different and imaginitive. Because inside my head when i read i create the whole world and kinda turn them into little personal movies. For me the creatures were hard to imagine because they are part other-world creature and part robot. I imagined the giant subway worm from the Men in Black II with robotic appendages – thats the best i could imagine. But so scary in the context of there struggle and their involvement in Thomas’s rediscovery of his memory is soo good – my gosh this is hard because there are so many little details that i loved about this book i want to tell you but they play a big role in how they fight their way out that i dont want to ruin it for anyone who tries this book out.

SO im just gona say that this book is a total 4.9 stars – 0.1 away simply because there was a bit of the book were Thomas got a little moodie and repeatitive and that annoyed me a little. But its so miniscule that i feel bad taking it off. But for a YA novel it was so interesting and challenging, with such an original take on things that i really liked it.


If anyone tries this or has read this, please let me know what you’s think/thought and if there is anything would like to add to this review slash ramble – sorry i will totally work or organising my reviews more.

Thank you, Maebhe


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