Friday, 13 September 2013

Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

 About the Book 
The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)

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 thirty 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.

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 My Thoughts 

The Maze Runner begins with our main character Thomas, waking up in the dark and making his way up-top in a moving box (later known as the Box, obviously) and finding himself at a loss as to who he is. The only thing he can remember about himself is his name.

"Nice to meet ya, shank," the boy said. "Welcome to the Glade."

When Thomas makes it to the surface, he's met by The Gladers, boys ranging in age from around eleven years old up to seventeen. He learns some of them have been there for two years and that the Glade is in the center of a maze that no one has been able to solve because the walls around the Glade close at night and the rest in the maze change.
Adjusting to his new life in the Glade comes naturally to Thomas and he soon feels the pull to become a Runner (Gladers who run the maze daily and map it out). Besides their daily life and trying to make it out of the Maze, the Gladers have to deal with the Grievers, large, slug-like creatures that are the size of a cow with claws, saw blades and other instruments for arms.
The Maze Runner has no shortage of likeable characters but my favorites were Newt and Thomas. Newt could be a smart-ass (which I enjoyed) but he was a smart and strong leader when he needed to be and Thomas was brave and he actually cried! I love male characters that can breakdown and not make a show of being in control all of the time.
The Maze Runner is one of the best books I've read this year and I love the male POV. The story is fast paced and keeps you guessing about what's really going on and who put these kids in the Maze and it's adventurous and a bit creepy in spots.

The Maze Runner

“Shouldn't someone give a pep talk or something?" Minho asked, pulling Thomas' attention away from Alby.
"Go ahead," Newt replied.
Minho nodded and faced the crowd. "Be careful," he said dryly. "Don't die.”

“You get lazy, you get sad. Start givin' up. Plain and simple.”

 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.

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