Book Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Science Fiction

Age Recommended: 12 and up

It’s been a long time coming and I’ve finally done it; I’ve begun to read the Maze Runner series! I heard that the movie for the third book was going to be released soon and thought that I would see what the hype was all about.

IT LIVED UP TO THE EXPECTATIONS. This book genuinely kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading it, and I loved the way the book was written: graphic imagery and all. I’m planning on binge-reading the other four today and tomorrow, and I can’t wait to see where this story goes.

Thomas has no recollection of who he is, and how he’s gotten to the Glade. All he knows is that he is now part of a group of boys whose only mission is to survive. Outside the four walls of the Glade is a maze; it changes everyday and there is no way out. Also in the maze are Grievers, creatures that guarantee a painful existence even after the shortest of encounters with them.

Runners are people who are sent out to map the maze everyday, trying to find a way out. When Thomas arrives at the Glade, his first instinct is to become a Runner. He doesn’t know why, but it’s his destiny. The others are hesitant to let him go, but when he runs out into the maze to save some boys who got locked out, and comes back alive, the boys acknowledge that there is something different about him.

Suddenly, their world is turned upside down. The Grievers find a way into the Glade, and begin to terrorize the boys, even the ones who aren’t Runners. Thomas has marked the end of the Glade, and everyone blames him for the changes that are happening. Will he be able to find a way out of the maze before the Grievers destroy them all?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: The Maze Runner (Book 1)

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