The Maze Runner by James Dashner review

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner by James Dashner review

What if you were a child and you woke up in strange place not knowing who you were and where you come from, but yet you have the intelligence and skills beyond your years?  What if the place you woke up in was like a giant video game that contained a maze with creatures that tried to corner and kill you?  What if there were about one hundred kids just like you experiencing the same thing?

Well, Thomas is one of these kids who wakes up in an “elevator” known as “The Box,” and remembers nothing but his own name…or what he thinks is his name.  He comes to life in a world of about 60 teen boys who have learned to survive in a completely enclosed environment.  They receive supplies and certain essentials, however they deal with their own agriculture and other life’s daily chores.  Like Thomas, a new boy arrives every 30 days; yes, boy.  There are no girls in this world, however that’s about to change along with many other things.

The original group has been in “the Glade” for two years trying to find a way to escape through a maze that surrounds their living space. As they have begin to give up hope, a comatose girl arrives and everything slowly, but surely starts to change.  She has strong memories/feelings that include one boy in particular; Thomas.

The question of whether the teens will escape the maze is mainly what the book is about.  However, do they want to leave the maze?

This book was similar to a Hunger Games type of story, but with different twists.  I enjoyed it a great deal and plan on reading the other two books in the series because I would like to know what does happen to these kids.  While we get some questions answered, there’s a lot you do not know once you finish the book.  Some situations that happen in this story are not very believable, I guess that’s why they call it Sci-Fi?  :)  It’s a fun read and I would recommend it!


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