The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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Book 1

Novel Summation:

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.

My Thoughts:

This book was incredible, intense, and a wonderful read. The author created an amazing adventure. I don’t want to spoil anything because it is just that amazing and I want those that read the book to experience first hand the wonderful journey the book will take you. When I first started to read the book I was really confused. If I didn’t own the book I might have stopped reading. However, I’m glad I didn’t. Perhaps the confusion was the author’s intention because just like when Thomas arrives in the Glade he is confused and lost. The Maze includes moving walls and creatures called Grievers inhabit it. The Grievers will attack the boys and “sting” them. The sting put the boy through a painful changing where some of their memories come back. Thomas demonstrates an incredible strength in the book. Even though he just arrived at the Glade he strives to understand it and the Maze. He was a very mature character and I really enjoyed following him as he tried to understand what was happening to him and around him. The rest of the boys in the Glade didn’t have much depth to them. The boys that did have some depth are Minho, Newt, Alby, and Chuck. The boys in the Glade live an interesting life. Each boy takes a role to help the boys survive. Some farm, clean, cook, and other run. Everyday some boys go out into the Maze and try to solve it. The boys never give up hope that they will be able to solve the Maze and return back to the lives they once had. This is probably the best trait that the boys have. Things begin to get interesting right away. As I was reading I kept trying to figure out what was going to happen. The end of the book was just so shocking and I can’t wait for the next book. You don’t find out too much by the end of the book but what you do find out is unbelievable. I recommend this book to everyone.

Future Books:

I believe the next book in the trilogy is called The Scorch Trials.

Recommendation:

If you liked this book I think you will also like The Hunger Games.

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