Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner


Ignore the spray bottle of water, haha!

My Synopsis
Main character Thomas wakes up in a place called the Glade, surrounded by a large maze with no clue how he got there and where he was before. All he sees is a community of boys who have also woken up in this maze, and hears strange phrases and jargon. As it turns out, there are many things to fear in this maze. Ugly creatures with the intent of harming or killing anyone who comes near, and doors that close shut at night and trap you inside with these creatures. Is there a way out? How and why are all these people here?

I have mixed feelings about this one. I wanted to love it from the start, but for some reason it gave me a bit if a headache at points.

First we have Thomas. When I checked out the book, the girl at the desk said she stopped halfway through because she found Thomas almost whinier than Holden Caulfield. Thomas can be whiny, but not as much as the infamous Catcher in the Rye character. I sort of understood Thomas. After all, I would probably ask a million questions too if I were in his shoes. So no, he isn’t really that whiny.

As for plot, there are plenty of things that happened. Some of it gross, but entertaining enough to keep you going. I like how the whole book is sort of a mystery without being a mystery genre book. You have si many questions and despite what you think of the chapters you are/reading, you must plow on. What on earth is this maze?!? is all you think.

But, as a squeemish person I wonder what I would even think of the movie. Do I want to know what the Grievers (the ugly bug creatures in the Maze) look like?

This is a nice series for those of you are post-apocalyptic junkies. It’s a breath of fresh air from the same old Divergent and Hunger Games. Plus, there is no romance, which some of you may consider a plus. Of course, I haven’t read the other books yet, so I can’t speak for the whole series, or the movie for that matter.

A final reason to read this book of it interests you is the movie. I can’t watch a film if I didn’t read the book, unless I didn’t know it was a book when I first watched it. Here is the trailer:

Have you read The Maze Runner? Are you going to see the movie? Discuss in the comments!

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