Book Review: The Maze Runner

MazeRunnerThe Maze Runner

James Dashner

Goodreads  Summary

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.

My Thoughts

This was our YA book club read for September, and there’s a movie adaptation currently in theaters.  The storyline was interesting.  I liked how we learned things as Thomas did about the Glade/Maze/Etc.  I liked the introduction and mystery of Teresa.  I liked the whole telekinesis thing between them.  Overall, though, I felt this one fell short, for a couple of reasons:

  • While I appreciated the absence of “real” curse words, the kids in this book had made up their own cursing vocabulary, so basically, the book was full of substitute curse words, which it used a LOT.  I understand that when you throw a bunch of teen boys in an environment together, there’s going to be swearing, but the overuse of it just seems to detract from the book in my opinion.
  • I greatly dislike the current trend of writing series books that cannot be read as stand-alones that finish a story.  It bothers me when I get to the end of  a book and none of the big questions are answered.  Sure, they obviously achieved something, but the last few chapters of this book are just a set up for the next book, and nothing is answered.  None of the questions that are raised throughout the book have resolution.  Ugg.


Would I recommend this to my BFF?  No.  It wasn’t that awesome.
Would I recommend this to my teen daughter?  Probably not, but I wouldn’t prevent her from reading it if she were wanting to.


3 of 5 stars.

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