Read + Review — The Maze Runner by James Dashner

maze runnerThe Maze Runner is a dystopian novel that is set in the future of mankind. After all of mankind has been destroyed by the Sun, selected teenagers are placed in a testing session. Thomas wakes up in a clearing in the center of a gigantic maze with no memory of his past. He finds a community of teenage boys who have built a settlement known as the “Glade.” The original group of boys that have lived there for the past three years have begun to give up hope. They had been trying to find a way to escape the Maze that surrounds their living space. Then an anomalous girl appears with a note that indirectly determines their future. The book then takes an unexpected turn, which involves much violent action, as they try to escape and defeat the Grievers (deathly monsters that reside in The Maze).

This book was not the stereotypical cliche-of-cliche, it was more a uniquely combined piece of literature. The interconnections of the novel were so beautiful. The author began the novel so eerily, leaving the reader in trance of confusion. As the book slowly progresses, the reader was able to comprehend the personalities of the characters and feel the tranquility within Glade. Some specific situation of violence were written with such description, the reader could feel the tension rising up their spine as they processed each individual, meaningful word. The readers were confused about how the characters were in this mythical situation. One thing I disliked about the book was that the author slipped all of the back-story in one situation. As all the question were piling into the readers’ mind about the dystopian government and The Maze, the author did not slowly reveal the information but waited until the end and used a very poor method of revelation. Other than that, this book is definitely worth a read if you want to imagine the unimaginable!

One memorable thing about the book was “The Changing.” If a person is stung, they go through this mental/physical change which is very traumatic and leaves them remembering their full past but also slowly killing them on the inside whilst doing so. It is a complete ironic situation.
Reviewed by Zainab, grade 8, Twin Hickory Area Library

four stars


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