The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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Summary (via the author's website): "When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.

Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind."

Review: Um... so, yeah. Intense. I was totally a fan. As aforementioned, I was really iffy about listening on audio at first. Then I got through the first disc and realized it was a good choice. The narrator was really good about keeping the voices separate (although sometimes I wasn't sure if Theresa and Thomas were talking out loud or in their heads, but the author was good about specifying, for the most part), and throwing in characterization.

The story was really interesting: the mysteries got wrapped up neatly enough to feel satisfying, while at the same time, more elements were thrown in at the last minute to still end on a cliffhanger. So I liked that.

I really liked their slang. It rather reminded me of Ender's Game and the way they talked at Battle School. In fact, the whole thing reminded me of Ender's Game... in a good way. (Not that anything could remind me of Ender's Game in a bad way.)

Goodreads Shelves: addictive, thought-provoking



  1. Yay I'm glad you liked it! I loved this one too, I can't wait for The Scorch Trials to come out! Lovely review (:

    Btw I'm loving the new layout!

  2. Just found your site! Your profile picture intrigued me to look at your page and it is really cute! I like your shelves too :0)

    I reviewed Maze Runner and enjoyed the read. Hope to see you around the blogsphere!!

  3. OOHHH I see your book montage has Work and the Glory!!! I LOVE those... Have you read The Great and Terrible series by Chris Stewart? Great to meet you!

  4. I really like the layout of your blog, and what else I've seen of it so far. Because I've enjoyed it, I thought I'd give your blog an award! I haven't figured out how to just send it to you, so you'll have to grab it from my blog at http://basicallyamazing.blogspot.com/. Thanks again for a fun blog!


  5. I need to read this! I own it, I don't know why I haven't yet :) Good review!

  6. I had no interest in this book until I saw you compare it to Ender's Game; now I'm going to have to read it!

  7. For reals, it reminds me of Ender's Game A LOT. If you liked Ender's Game, The Maze Runner is right up your alley.


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