The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Waking up suddenly in a moving metal box, Thomas has no clue to his identity – other than his name. He has no clue who he is, where he is, or where he is going. When the movement stops, he is greeted by a gaggle of teenage boys whose odd slang makes their speech barely intelligible. Thomas still has no idea who or where he is, and these boys are of little help. Eventually Thomas learns he has come to a place called The Glade, which is set in the middle of a Maze. Each day the boys of The Glade go out into the maze to try to find a way out, while trying to avoid being stung by Grievers. Upon Thomas’ arrival, though, odd things begin happening in The Glade. At least one boy is sure that Thomas has come or been sent for nefarious purposes and it is up to him to prove that he is not there to cause problems, and that he can help the rest of them escape.
“The Maze Runner” is a bit difficult to get into at the beginning. The Gladers use so much slang and refuse to give Thomas more information about what is going on right away that it is a bit difficult for the reader to pick up on what is happening right away. After that it becomes a fairly interesting story. I only say ‘fairly’ interesting because I really wanted to know more about why the boys are there, and what is happening in the outside world that it would be possible for them to be sent there in the first place. Basically, I wanted a clearer picture of the world that Dashner creates. This is good, because it means I’m intrigued enough in his story to care to know more, but bad because we are only allowed the tiniest peek in “The Maze Runner.” “The Maze Runner” is the first book in a trilogy, and it does appear that in the second book at least we will go much deeper into the society and politics of what is happening. The ending of “The Maze Runner” in particular got me VERY excited for the next book.
For me, “The Maze Runner” was a good but not great setup to what appears that it will be a fantastic trilogy. I think it will gain a lot from the future books as I can look back and see how Dashner set things up.
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Thank you to Delacorte Press for sending me this copy to review.