Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Wednesday January 23, 2013 at 12:00 am |

themazerunner-jdPublisher: Delacorte Press
Published: August 24, 2010
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 375
Form: Paperback
Series: The Maze Runner (1)
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When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. He has no recollection of his parents, his home, or how he got where he is. His memory is empty.

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 expanse enclosed 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, for as long as anyone can remember, the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night, for just as long, they’ve closed tight. Every thirty days a new boy is delivered in the lift. And no one wants to be stuck in the Maze after dark.

The Gladers were expecting Thomas’ arrival. But the next day, a girl is sent up- the first girl ever to arrive at the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. The Gladers have always been convinced that if they can solve the maze that surrounds the Glade, they might find their way home… wherever that may be. But it’s looking more and more as if the Maze is unsolvable.

And something about the girl’s arrival is starting to make Thomas feel different. Something is telling him that he just might have some answers- if he can only find a way to retrieve the dark secrets locked within his own mind.

My Thoughts

Okay I can’t do this review in the traditional manner because my thoughts were all over the place.  First I have to say I really enjoyed this book, and I want to list my likes and the things I questioned.


  • The mystery of it all.  I mean to appear in a land full of boys with your memory wiped clean and theirs as well is beyond intriguing.  What the fudge is going on?
  • The characters.  There were so many different personalities, and though I felt a very slight something missing from all of them, I was still able to connect to them and feel for their situation.
  • I love that the author wrote the MC in such a way that I was able to experience all that he did.  I felt like I lived his fear, and frustrations, and pain as well.  This really allowed me to be drawn effortlessly into the story.
  • The fact that the boys didn’t become complacent.  They all found themselves in the strangest situation but still picked themselves up and created a functioning and well run community.
  • The mystery of the maze and the sinister evils that were within it.
  • Thomas’ quick thinking, drive, and bravery.  He really was an anchor for those boys and was able to shed new light on a difficult situation.

Things I Question:

  • Why no one would answer any of Thomas’ questions when he got to the Glade.  Surely all the boys had just as many, if not more, questions as he did when they arrived, yet no one would ever be up front with him about anything.  I found that beyond frustrating.
  • Sometimes the way they communicated and related to each other felt strange to me.  Like a little disjointed or non-flowy.  Having any kind of information revealed was like pulling teeth.
  • I still don’t understand the purpose the words besides push served in the end.  I’m hoping we’ll get that explained in the next book.
  • Who can they really trust, and how and why did they all end up where they ended up?  There is a little explanation, but certainly not enough to satisfy me.

Overall  I thought it was a great dystopian story.  The author has a way of pulling you into the story and keeps you flipping the pages hoping and praying for a crumb of information.  Though I thought the story came together greatly, there are so many unanswered questions, which leaves me anxious to get into the rest of the series.  If you’re into dystopians, this is a good one to add to your shelf.

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5 Responses to “Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner”

  1. Agh! I feel like getting no answers is a such a ploy, so that would have frustrated me too. Never the less, I’ve had this book sitting on my bookshelf forever, so I hope to get to it soon.

  2. I was so frustrated by the lack of answers, too! I mean, did no one else care to find out what was going on or want to leave? I still haven’t read the rest of this series, but I’ve been meaning to pick it up again and see where it goes since I really enjoyed the first book.

    Great review, Jade!

  3. The lack of answers is what made me say that this book starts off slow. Putting some of the answers off till the middle of the book didn’t feel like a good strategy to me. I will also say (because I’ve started the second one) that there are lies!!! in this book. There’s also a prequel to this series and I hear that it is good and supposedly helpful.

  4. I’ve had this series on my tbr list for a long time. I really need to get to it.