The Maze Runner


The Maze Runner

Vanessa Ruizz, librarian aid

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Interesting, Suspenseful, Intense

Author: James Dashner

Call # : FIC DAS

Reviewed by: Vanessa Ruiz


The story starts with a boy waking up in a metal box. It’s some type of elevator that is going up. The box is cold and dark. All of the boy’s memories have vanished and the only thing he can remember is his name, Thomas. When he gets out of the box he is surrounded by boys. All seem to be either around his age or younger. He notices that the boys talk with some sort of slang that they made up. The leader of the group gives him a break down. All of the boys were sent just like him, with no memories, just as scared and a lot of confusion. The place that they live in is called the Glade. He then learns about the maze and that there are runners who go into the maze trying to solve it everyday. The next day is when everything changes. Someone new comes in the box. A girl. This has never happened according to the gladers. She brings information that none of them seem to understand and she remembers Thomas. The girl then falls into a coma. Thomas as well begins to change things. He wants to be a runner and soon after spending a night in the maze and surviving the leader of the runners allows for him to be a runner. He works to try and recover any memories that will help him while also trying to solve the maze. When the girl wakes up from her coma she goes to Thomas. She doesn’t have her memories but she feels like she knows Thomas. Teresa, the girl, triggers something in the maze and the doors to the maze don’t close anymore. This is a problem because now the gladers are unprotected from the grievers. Grievers are half animal half mechanical monsters that prick you with their needles.Thomas feels as if the answers are hidden deep within his mind but he just needs to figure out how to gain his memories back.

I liked this book because it kept me interested and I just wanted to find out what was going to happen. The author does a brilliant job at keeping the story interesting by not revealing too much all at once. My only dislike of the book was that the characters were weakly described and given little characteristics. Dashner kept building up the importance of each character and didn’t meet with my expectations. Overall I had a fun time reading this book, it was easy to read and very interesting.

I give it a 3 out of 4 stars