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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Review: The Maze Runner

Title: The Maze Runner
Series: The Maze Runner # 1
Genre: Young Adult-Dystopian
Author: James Dashner
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: October 6, 2009
Book: Bought

"Imagine waking up one day in total darkness, unsure of where you are and unable to remember anything about yourself except your first name. You're in a bizarre place devoid of adults called the Glade. The Glade is an enclosed structure with a jail, a graveyard, a slaughterhouse, living quarters, and gardens. And no way out. Outside the Glade is the Maze, and every day some of the kids -- the Runners -- venture into the labyrinth, trying to map the ever-changing pattern of walls in an attempt to find an exit from this hellish place. So far, no one has figured it out. And not all of the Runners return from their daily exertions, victims of the maniacal Grievers, part animal, part mechanical killing machines.

Thomas is the newest arrival to the Glade in this Truman-meets-Lord of the Flies tale. A motley crew of half a dozen kids is all he has to guide him in this strange world. As soon as he arrives, unusual things begin to happen, and the others grow suspicious of him. Though the Maze seems somehow familiar to Thomas, he's unable to make sense of the place, despite his extraordinary abilities as a Runner. What is this place, and does Thomas hold the key to finding a way out?"

Let me tell that this book was just great! It had me confused for a bit. Just like the characters in the book, you are confused and can't figure much out. I loved it when an author makes me feel like the characters not only seeing everything through their eyes but feeling all the emotions.

Thomas has awoken to a nightmare. He doesn't remember anything but his name. The others around him are the same. The live in a maze which no one can escape. But there is something different about Thomas. He is a newbie and should be acting like one. Instead he is smart, fast, and knows what to do. Thomas also wants to be a maze runner.

The Maze Runner is like no other book. The plot of it, the action, drama, suspense is all great. The society that is created by these young boys is fascinating. They have rules, regulations, chores and places all must be. They have all lived by it and know nothing else. Thomas is a great character. Even though he may seem scared when something happen his instincts take over and BAM! It's like he's rambo or something. 

The build up to the main secret was good. Very good. I loved how the reader got to learn secrets and memories little by little inching you close to the big explosion. The book became a page turner and nothing could stop me. The ending was HOLY CROW! I just could not wrap my head around it. It was mind blowing.

If you have not read this book. It is a great dyspotian novel that will leave you breathless. Plus it is in a boys POV and that makes for a better read.

I give it 5 BITES!

Happy Reading!



  1. I'm actually gearing up to read this one.

  2. I just bought this at the bookstore a week ago. I love dystopian and I hear this is sort of a classic.

  3. I read it a year ago and it was so memorable and awesome that I still remember it vividly. I'm actually planning on reading The Scorch Trials soon.

  4. I've seen this book many times and heard really good things about it.Haven't read it yet but maybe i should put it on my list!
    Great review :)

  5. I'm SO glad you loved this book, Savy! It's one of my absolute favourites, and Dashner created an incredible world within The Maze Runner :)

  6. I have this one, just haven't read it yet. I did meet the author. He is such a nice guy, and funny. :D

  7. I've heard this book was kind of confusing. I'm glad to hear that it's only the first part and not the whole thing.

  8. I really love the sound of this one! I don't like being confused unless I feel like I'm supposed to be royally confused (doesn't take much to confuse me:) but this seems like it's strong enough that you forget that you're a little in the dark. That was a very convoluted comment, sorry Savy!

  9. I've heard such good things about this one. Now with your review, I must officially put it on my wishlist. I'm glad the confusion makes sense in the story. I had heard about that and that is what kept me from putting it on the wishlist. Now that I know it makes sense.... it's on the list! :)

  10. I skimmed your review, since I have this one on my TBR. it looks awesome! =D

  11. This book wasn't all that great but The Magicians and The Magician King were great books I'm telling you they aren't kid books like Harry Potter.


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