The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner“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. 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. Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.”

This novel, The Maze Runner, is the first book in The Maze Runner series. Just like other Dystopian novels this one fits many of the stereotypes. It’s set in a scientific setting, full of unending mysteries, and captures attention pretty quickly once the story gets going. I had heard some good things about this novel from a younger male cousin who constantly raved about this series. But just like with any other Dystopian novels with unique covers, I hesitated in reading this book. It just sounded… different than the other novels. Fortunately for me, Amazon had this book on sale when I was searching for a new read. At first I did find myself regretting the purchase. The beginning just seemed to drag on and on and on without really capturing my attention. But I forced myself to get through the first few chapters before giving up on the book and, boy, was I glad I had given it another chance! Once the story plot picked up I could not put the book down. It was so intense and perplexing! The author did a great job in developing an amazing plot and the characters were pretty well developed as well. The imagery within the story was so vivid. The Grievers seemed so real and, honestly, disgusting. But that helped make the story that much stronger. After getting to the end of the novel, I was relieved that it was a series. While the book did end with many questions answered, many new ones arose within the last few dozen pages. For those of you who are fans of these kind of books, I suggest that you give this book a try if you haven’t. It is pretty entertaining and fast paced. Happy reading to y’all!

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