Review – The Maze Runner – James Dashner

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.

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Review:

I’d never heard of this book until people on Facebook and Twitter started talking about the film (mainly because of Dylan O’Brien I believe). Because I’m the type of person who likes to read a book before watching a film adaptation, I decided to buy it.

First few chapters are confusing, but this merely adds to the story. As we’re following Thomas, it’s good to experience he utter confusion as to where he is and why he can’t remember anything about himself or how he got to the Glade.

Although it was an enjoyable book with a decent pace to it thanks to the action, there was something missing for me, something I can’t quite put my finger on. This is a book that has been compared to the Hunger Games, but personally, I would have compared it to The Lord of the Flies. Just a watered down version.

Unlike Flies, which is highly disturbing in places, The Maze Runner is pretty tame and methodical and it’s characters are just that, characters. Unlike Ralph, Piggy and Jack who show the reality of uman nature in the most extreme of situations, the gladers seem to plod along. Maybe the difference is that they are being provided with things and are able to maintain their small community.

Thomas is  written as a complex character, but he’s not. He comes across as a little self righteous and holier than thou, but compared to characters such as Gally, he is likeable.

I will read more in the series as I am interested in seeing where Dashner takes this story, and I want to see how well it has been adapted for film.

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