Published by Delacorte Press on October 6, 2009
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.
The Maze Runner was not a series that I could get into when it was popular. I just simply did not think it looked even remotely interesting. Then, I read The Eye of Minds by James Dashner and simply was not impressed. I figured if that couldn't impress me, why would something else by the same guy?
So here I am a year later, reading and reviewing The Maze Runner. Just like The Eye of Minds, it was suggested by a student. Comically enough, by the brother of the girl who suggested The Eye of Minds.
This one started out fast enough. I enjoyed the fast paced beginning because it truly pulled me into the story. There was so much intrigue in Thomas not having a shucking clue where he was and how (or why) he got there. The suspense in this book was absolutely phenomenal. Dashner definitely created a story that leaves readers wanting more and more and more.
Unfortunately, however, the characters are pretty flat. They all seem to have the same personality. I would have loved to see the true colors of these characters so much more. Yes, Gally and Alby are strongly written. But what about Chuck? The kid you're really supposed to give a klunk about near the end and you can't care because the shuck-faced author didn't layer his personality in??? Grrrrrr.
Dashner does have a mind for action, however. I enjoyed reading all of the battle scenes between the Gladers and the Grievers as well as the terrifying moments throughout the novel. It will most definitely keep you on the edge of your seat.
Finally, I have to mention the ending. I don't want to spoil anything, but WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT? I'm really not sure if I'm just mad about the things that happened or frustrated enough that I'm excited to read the next book. Those of you who have read it, what did you think?
Overall, I enjoyed this book. There were parts where I felt like I'd been reading for ages and it would never end, but I'm glad that I stuck with it. It's not a favorite, but it is one that I might eventually reread. I will be reading the other books in the series.