The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Series: The Maze Runner #1
Publisher: Delacorte Press on October 6th 2009
Genre(s): Dystopian (YA)
If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.
Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.
Everything is going to change.
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
Remember. Survive. Run.
So I am VERY late to the party on this; it’s been on my radar a long time but I held out until the series was over. I heard lots of great things about it.
This was…okay. I’m sure everyone knows what this is about by now; a boy named Thomas is dropped in the Glade, which is in the the middle of a maze. The boys living there have been searching for two years for an escape. Thomas has no memory of his previous life and neither do any of the boys.
Things start to change when Thomas arrives. A girl arrives shortly after, telling them she’s triggered the ending. They have to find a way out.
I did enjoy this book. It was very fast-paced and full action. It kept me interested and even though I kinda knew where it was going, I was excited for the ride. I liked Thomas as a character. He was smart and actually had a personality (more on this later).
However, I have a few issues with this book. First of all, the slang was utterly ridiculous and I hated it. It was obvious what the made up words were replacing, so it was no different than the actual swear words. And it was like EVERY conversation the characters had; I mean, if real swears had been used then these teenage boys have dirtier mouths than I do, and that is saying A LOT.
Second problem, no one is willing to tell Thomas anything. Not that they even know all that much about the Maze but every character was unwilling to tell him anything. He’d ask a question, ya know because he’s the new guy and doesn’t have a clue what’s going on, and they’d yell at him and tell him to stop asking questions. That got old real quick.
The characters were practically interchangeable, there were are all alike, except for Thomas, Teresa, and Chuck. Basically because Thomas was the MC, Chuck was portrayed as an annoying crybaby, and Teresa is a girl. As I said before, I liked Thomas well enough. At least he had some distinguishing personality traits, but all the rest of them were exactly the same.
So why am I giving it three stars when I can barely find good things to say about it? Well, I went in not expecting much. I have been disappointed by 95% of the dystopian novels I’ve read, so as long as it’s readable and semi-entertaining, I’m happy.
It’s mediocre but it you go in with low expectations, it’s not so bad. Ha! I will be continuing the series because I need answers! Now I’m off to watch the movie so I can yell at the TV.