Book review: The Maze Runner – James Dashner

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)

The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner #1)

by James Dashner
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.

About The Author

James was born and raised in Georgia but now lives in the Rocky Mountains with his family. He has four kids, which some might think is too many but he thinks is just right. Once upon a time, James studied accounting and worked in the field of finance, but has been writing full time for several years. (He doesn’t miss numbers. At all.)

In his free time, James loves to read, watch movies and (good) TV shows, snow ski, and read. (Reading was mentioned twice on purpose.) Most of all, he’s thankful that he gets to make a living writing stories and considers himself pretty much the luckiest guy on the planet.

More on his website here


*Warning possible spoilers*

OMG! where do I begin. This is the second choice for The Travelled Reader book club and boy what a pick. I hadn’t heard anything about this book, didn’t even link the gigantic poster I saw recently with it either.

The book opens with the following line:

‘He began his new life standing up, surrounded by cold darkness and stale, dusty air.’

and to sound cheesy from the first chapter it had me gripped. I had been at Mum’s visiting and unfortunately ended up ill, so spent most the time reading. I had just finished another great book, the Graveyard book by Neil Gaiman and then got started on this. After misplacing my kindle I asked my sister to try get it while she went shopping and of course she did. I’ve loved the way the story developed, some bits I was shouting at the characters ‘don’t be so stupid’ ‘and leave him alone’ and then there was the ‘gasps of shock’ and the ‘oh no’s’ as the story unfolded.

From the moment Thomas was found in the box in didn’t have an easy time of living in the glade, from jealous boys who thought he was a show off to the ones who thought everything changed and he had brought that upon them and then of course throw a female in the mix and the world is surely doomed!!!

Best Insult: “You are the shuckiest shuck faced shuck in the world!”

Yes, the girl, after Thomas learns about the routine in the glade and rescues someone from giant insect thingys and then sees a boy called Ben grow through the ‘changeling’ the ‘box’ sends up another person. This time an unconscious girl and this freaks out the boys. It completely throws things out, why is she here and what’s her connection with Thomas. For the past two years they all have had their roles to play and all know their positions or standings. Then this happens and everything appears to start falling apart.

This book simply has everything from survival of the fittest/ brainiest, mystery, deceit, suspicion, madness, mad scientists perhaps, and in some cases I would say some things seemed impossible to be real, but its a book and a book is all about getting lost in an imaginary world and just be thankful you’re not the one eating tomato soup and biscuits and getting swallowed by hedges (oh wait that might be a Harry Potter reference) and gigantic insects because I know I wouldn’t.

‘I mean it should be impossible – sometimes you don’t look very hard for things you don’t belive will or can happen’

So pick it up read it and enjoy. Oh and make sure you put an alarm on to remember to get off the bus as I nearly forgot one day 😀

Before I finish I must quote the best line of the book, this book just kept chucking refernces at me that I have to dig out a load of books and films now to watch and read……..

Best line, had Robin from Batman and Robin TV series pop in my head…….


“Holy crap, I’m scared’…”Holy crap, you’re human, you should be scared.”

And in the end there is always hope, like in the batman series, whether from a person or a symbol. or a person being a symbol like poor old Chuck…….

‘Chuck had become a symbol for him- a beacon that somehow they could make everything right again in the world.’

Back to referincing other books and film. This book has made me want to read Lord of the Flies again and Logan’s Run, a choice for Leeds Book Club last year that I never got to read, but i have seen the film. Just the idea of experiments and people running for their lives and being controlled by people, and if I get chance I might re-read George Orwell’s 1984. But first lets rewatch the Batman Movie.

logoThank you for reading



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