Review: ‘The Maze Runner’ by James Dashner

Review: ‘The Maze Runner’ by James DashnerThe Maze Runner by James Dashner
Series: The Maze Runner #1
Published by Delacorte Press on October 6th, 2009
Genres: Dystopian, Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Survival, Young Adult
Pages: 374
Format: Hardcover
Source: bought online
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.

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Thomas is a likable character. Head strong and smart to the point of having his older peers recognize him as their equal, I liked that he was always true to himself and truly wanted to help others as well as himself solve the puzzle that was the maze.

The terror these boys and girl had felt real. Their struggles and the community they built was admirable. Order is definitely something one must have in order to maintain a sense of peace. I love how each boy had a job to do handled by their keepers. Did I mention the new slang words that James whipped up? I’m guessing shanks aren’t all that positive to start with. Each character had a way of talking and that truly shows their I individual personalities as well.

I quite enjoyed this adventurous dystopian tale where teens are tested once again to survive. The writing was fluid, always giving you something more in each and every chapter. I loved the mystery and suspense that Mr. Dashner concocted in his Maze Runner world. The world building is flawless and I can’t wait to read more!



I mean, it should be impossible—sometimes you don’t look very hard for things you don’t believe will or can happen. (226)
Being holed up in here does wonders for making the brain do what it was made for. (263)
Survival of the fittest. Only the best of us will escape.” (305)





  1. FJ

    June 25, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Can’t wait for the movie adaptation.

    Btw, where is your rating for this book?

  2. Armando Read

    March 28, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    OMG, I love this book and the second too. Are the best book I’ve read.

  3. Devon

    October 16, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    when i read this bk i listened to it on cd. i think that made it more real. i really enjoyed this book and i loved thomas’ character. can’t wait to read to next one =)

  4. Steph

    April 12, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    It’s been a while since I read this book — and I still have to read the following books in the series — but I remember being very engrossed. James Dashner had some interesting ideas going on. Great review!

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