Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

This book is the first in a series, and I gave it a rating of four out of five. Thomas emerges from an elevator box and discovers he's in the middle of a camp full of boys. He decides it must be some type of prison, but none of the boys can remember anything about their pasts. The place is surrounded by a wall, and that's in the middle of a huge maze made of ivy. The exits to the walls close each night, because Grievers will kill anyone caught outside the walls. The boys have been trying for two years to find a way to escape through the maze, but a couple of strange things happen once Thomas arrives. Thomas becomes the first person to survive a night outside the walls, and the first girl shows up in the box. There's something deep in Thomas's mind about the whole situation, and he senses the other boys will hate him if they find out about his past. Things start changing quickly, and everyone figures out that they will all die very soon if they can't find a way out of the maze.

I enjoyed this book, but there will probably be some readers who do not. The conflict was imaginative, and action was mixed into the plot. It satisfied my interest in mysteries, because I needed to figure out the solution to the maze and how Thomas's past affected the whole problem. Thomas couldn't remember anything about his own life, but other boys said they had memories of him. Things seemed to start falling apart when Thomas and the girl arrived, so they are blamed. Thomas and the reader were left to figure it all out.

1 comment:

  1. Maze Runner is a book with excitement, suspense and scary moments. No matter what, every chapter is going to make you read on. This book would be for a reader anywhere from fifth grade onwards. James Dashner opens a door into a glade for you to enter and for you to find out how to get out. Though it's not as easy as opening a door, surrounding the glade is a maze that has not been solved for the two years that you and your clan have been there. But to add an even bigger twist to the situation there are angry Grievers rolling around the maze just waiting to spike you. If you're into crazy adventures and bloodthirsty Grievers waiting at your doorstep then join Thomas on a quest for his life in The Maze Runner by James Dasher.


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