Author: James Dashner
Release Date: October 6, 2009
Rating: 4 out of 5
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.
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.
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.” – Goodreads
Picture a burger stuffed with plump, juicy beef, gooey golden cheese, and fresh vegetables sweetened with a crisp . . . slapped between crusty and tasteless bread slices. For me, that was The Maze Runner. The beginning and end weren’t my favorite, to say the least. But the middle? It was absolutely to die for.
My issue with the beginning was its clunkiness. Also, – oh sweet lord -, the wild overuse of made up slang got old real fast. Not to mention the slang itself was grating.
While the outline of the plot was predictable, the details are what kept me interested. The tension was kept at the perfect pace, keeping me enticed but still giving me bits and pieces to work with.
My other irk was with the ending. I couldn’t get past its overdramatic nature, not to mention that it left me confused as to what the heck was really going on. Though I know such questions will be answered in the next book, I would’ve liked a bit more wrap-up.
Overall, this book is very accessible and enjoyable for readers of all ages. The characters have enough depth to intrigue a bookworm looking for more, and also enough initial appeal for the light reader. The same goes for the plot. The writing too, partly, though it has it’s failings. (It tells more than shows. “Thomas was [scared/angry/happy/etc.]” and so on, throughout.)
All in all, The Maze Runner earns itself a solid 4 out of 5 for its appeal, tension, and characters, being docked a point only for its beginning & ending, and one writing issue. Highly recommended for readers of all ages!