Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Maze Runner Review

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)
The Maze Runner (Maze Runner#1)
By James Dashner
Published October 6th, 2009 by Delacorte Press
374 pages

4 stars - Awesome Read!!!

The first book in the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series—The Maze Runner is a modern classic, perfect for fans of The Hunger Gamesand Divergent.

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 thirty 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.

Ok so I just started this series like a week ago and now I'm wondering why I never picked this book up before! To be honest the main reason I picked it up now was because I figured out that Dylan O'Brien would be playing Thomas in the Maze Runner movie. I had been intrigued by this book before but I just never thought to give it a try. Plus there was a huge wait list but I finally read it and now I am glad to say that I have a new series to add to my list of favorites.

Even though fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent might find this series to be right up there alley, it's still a work of it's own. Thomas is the main character and one of my favorite things as a female reader is to be able to stay intrigued in a book that is narrated by a male character. Oh and did I mention that there are only a couple of series were I've had this happen? So anyways we see everything that goes on in the Glade through Thomas' eyes and he doesn't have any of his memories. He doesn't know where he is or who all these boys are or even why he was dumped into the Glade by means of a huge Box. There are only boys living in the Glade and they don't get any older than about 18 years old. Some have lived there longer than others but they all have one thing in common, no one has any memories of a life before the Glade and the Maze. The language is different in some ways and they have a whole system of their own. So Thomas is the new kid but soon he becomes more than that. Things start changing the next day when a girl is sent up, something that doesn't happen every day. The walls wont close to the Maze where dangers lurk and a way out seems impossible to find. Or is it as difficult as it seems?

Thomas was a great character to be able to see things through. He was an all around good guy and was loyal and caring. He didn't want to see anyone get hurt and he was determined to find a way out of the Maze. I also enjoyed Tereasa and how strong she seemed to be even though everyone was suspicious of her. It was interesting to learn the reasons for the boys being stuck in a world that wasn't real. There were twists and turns and times of suspense. I even felt my heart racing at times hoping that Thomas and the others would get out safely. The ending is definitely a good lead into the next book and leaves you wanting more. You want to know what's going on in the outside world and why nobody has their memories. There are funny moments, heartbreaking ones and many moments of suspense and action. Dashner sure did a great job and grabbing my attention and now I can't wait for the movie to come out. So check this book out if you haven't yet! 

The Maze Runner movie comes out Feb. 14th, 2014!


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