James Dashner’s The Maze Runner is the first book in the Maze Runner series. It is one of those books that has been hanging out on my “to-read” list for a long time. The movie is currently in theaters and I have heard a lot of good things about it so it prompted me to finally pick this book up and read it.
Thomas doesn’t remember anything prior to waking up in an empty box in the Glade. He doesn’t remember where he came from or who he is. The Glade is filled with boys who arrived in the same fashion as Thomas and also do not remember anything. Thomas must quickly learn to navigate life in the Glade and something about this place seems vaguely familiar to Thomas but he can’t remember why. And then, everything changes. The next box to arrive doesn’t contain a boy. Instead, the Gladers find the first girl to ever be sent to the Glade. Things quickly change and Thomas soon realizes that he holds the key to the maze and many of the problems at the Glade…if only he could remember his past.
One of my students recently told me that James Dashner was one of his favorite authors. I have to agree with that student. Dashner definitely seems to be an author that I am going to enjoy reading more books from. His writing is smooth and flows well. He also kept his chapters engaging. Every chapter ended in a way that made me want to just keep reading,
The Maze Runner is the first book in series and ended accordingly. Dashner leaves the reader with only partial answers to most of the problems in the book. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
This is a book that I think fans of the dystopian genre will really enjoy. It is also considered a young adult book so it will appeal to younger readers. Overall, I rated this book four out of five stars.