Read + Review — The Maze Runner by James Dashner

maze runnerIn a post-apocalyptic world, 16 year old Thomas wakes up in an enclosed camp with no memories except his name. He meets the other inhabitants of the “Glade”, who are all boys. Thomas must find his way in this new reality, but there is a darkness lurking behind the vast walls of the Glade. Along with Minho and Alby, two “runners who explore the maze beyond the walls every day, Thomas hopes to discover the secret about why he is there. But when the first and only girl arrives in the Glade, Thomas feels and unexplainable connection with her, and together they must try to escape the horrors beyond the walls.

This is one of the best books I have read in a while. The pacing is just right, and it keeps you on edge. The character development is creatively done, and the characters are believable. Thomas is a great protagonist, and it is interesting to see how his memories unfold in his muddled mind. There are not a lot of funny bits, but when they are there they made me laugh out loud. This is a great book for anyone looking for a survival/post-apocalyptic book!

The most memorable thing about this book is the imagery. Dashner paints a world so vividly with his words that you can almost see the Glade, the maze, and all the other places that Thomas comes across.


Review by Audrey, grade 9, Glen Allen Library
four stars   

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