The Maze Runner by James Dashner

★★★☆☆

The Maze Runner

So, first of all, I’m going to be as nice as possible given that if the roles were reversed, I’d definitely want someone being nice and not roasting me!

We start off the story utterly confused alongside the mainer character, Thomas. We don’t know where we are, where we came from or pretty much anything else because his memory has been wiped. Immediately, we are thrust into a world that is bizarre! The language and jargon used isn’t the most clever and can honestly be more annoying than funny.

We learn there is an order and to step outside this order is to spark the ire of the higher ups, which are just boys as well! Thomas is supposedly sixteen years old! Yet he questions things like he is a twelve year old – memory wipe aside – there are still things he would know and not feel the need to question. Which leads us into all of the questions that are not answered for the longest time if ever answered.

I remember reading something in regard to mystery, it said to keep your audience guessing, but give them enough to keep them interested. I honestly had to read into 130 pages to find myself interested at all, because questions began to be answered. Sure, more came at me, but they were finally answered in some fashion – I could have just shut the book at 30 pages into it, because I wasn’t satisfied with what I was reading. Cranky characters not willing to divulge information and a writer who was likely snickering at being so clever to withhold all this information – it was frustrating for me.

So, we fast forward to a girl arriving a day after Thomas – yeah, 130 ish pages or so into it and it’s only been 24 hours! Things begin to pick up from here, you begin to see some answers coming out of the weeds [literally.] The girl is Theresa! And we’re beginning to view Thomas as an enemy, things are changing immediately after his arrival.

There are a few things that happen in here that change the story a little and still don’t really answer your questions. Just more fingers are pointing at Thomas.

I’d like to step away from the story for a moment to point out some of the characters. They aren’t really set apart from one another.. They’re somewhat flat and this includes our Main Character/Hero, Thomas. Others just somewhat blend in together, although my personal favorite was Minho. He seemed to have more personality than the rest.

Back to the story! We’re beginning to see things unfold, if you stayed with the book, you’re probably almost 230ish pages into it as things actually begin to become interesting. You find out more and more with the page turning, as everything seems to begin to be rushed through.

Now you’re left with more questions which has hopefully [or maybe not…] driven you to read the second book in the series.

In closing, I’m going to say that personally I felt this book had great ideas, there was amazing visuals, but the nonsensical chatter that often occurred left a bad taste in my mouth.. and a lot seemed to be filler to lead up to what will just loop you into the second book.

Personally, if my sister hadn’t been cheerleadering me through the trilogy I would have dropped this book and wouldn’t have looked back with regret.
Altogether I will give it 2.5 stars…3 is generous.
Happy Reading!

4 Comments on “The Maze Runner by James Dashner

    • Thank you. Hey, to each their own! Everyone is entitled to their view on a book and if it encourages youth and adults alike to read, then I’m for it.

      I just wish that the story held my attention better, because the overall idea was fairly interesting.

      Happy Reading!

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  1. I never got onto reading these books as I was suffering from severe dystopia burnout when they were released. Your review convinced me that I didn’t miss anything by skipping the series haha.

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    • My sister told me that it was SO good and that I HAD to read it. I struggled with the first book and she was urging me to finish the trilogy. She kept handing my the next book and I ended up viewing as a task. Like I was some kind of hero and the fate of the world depended on me finishing the books! [okay, might be a little dramatic there..] but that’s how I felt when reading them. I was being forced and if I didn’t have my sister I wouldn’t have read all three.

      I enjoy dystopian books, but with every genre I go in a big circle. I make my rounds to them and after being let down by a few “big hype” books [such as The Grisha Trilogy as well as The Maze Runner books,] I’m feeling burnt out as well.

      Glad you enjoyed the review.

      Happy Reading!

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