Google+ Reading Teen: Book Review: The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner Trilogy #1) by James Dashner

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Book Review: The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner Trilogy #1) by James Dashner

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (October 6, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0385737947
ISBN-13: 978-0385737944
Buy the book: Amazon
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.


For a couple of years now I have had several people beg me to read The Maze Runner. And yet, I have waited this long to read the freaking book. The real deal-breaker though happened back in June when Mr. James Dashner sent me this video having heard that I've not yet read his series.

So, I recently bought the book and finally read it. And I'm kicking myself for not reading it sooner. Kicking myself hard.

From the very first page, The Maze Runner brings up many questions that are just begging to be answered. The many layers of mystery that form this book is almost too much, thus making it amazing. There are so many unknowns about not only the character's (The main character included) but also the entire world. And though there are many rants that I could rant, all of them are stupid and just further prove the awesomeness of the book. 

This isn't something I often remark on when it comes to books, but The Maze Runner had some amazingly written characters. Some of them are so obviously thought-out and deeply planned that I spent a few sleepless nights pondering on just where they would go next. I just love it when you can't even begin to think of just how much thought went into the molding and shaping of a story; this is what Dashner did in The Maze Runner

As of writing this review, I am trying to convince my mom to take me to the bookstore first thing in the morning to get the sequel in the series The Scorch Trials. I cannot wait to read this book. But, just from the first book I can tell that I'm in for reading an absolutely epic series. 


  1. i loved the Maze Runner! It was so good. I will say I was a little disappointed with The Scorch Trials, but The Death Cure was really really good, and I can't wait to read The Kill Order!

  2. I just finished The Death Cure - and had to get my hands on the Prequel.

    The series is great - you never know what to expect and who to trust. You cannot predict anything and that is so rare in books nowadays :)

  3. I read this last summer and loved it. Seriously, what took you so long??

  4. I've been wanting to read this series for a while. I think I am going to get the audiobooks from my library so I can listen to them. Love that video! It made me laugh.


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