Friday, April 23, 2010

The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1) The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Series: Book 1 of 3

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thomas wakes up in a box. He can't remember anything except his name. He seems to be about 16 years old, and he's been sent to a place inhabited solely by boys.

The boys don't know why they are there, but they do know that they live in the middle of a maze. And each day, they send runners out into the maze, trying to piece it all together while avoiding the deadly Grievers. Each day continues much the same, until one day when a girl shows up in the box.

This book is a good, solid, fast-paced dystopian YA sci-fi thriller. (How many adjectives was that?) It had elements of Ender's Game and The Hunger Games, to be sure, but not annoyingly so. I made the huge mistake of reading this before bed at night, which got me really worked up and made for very odd dreams. It is creepy and pretty violent, but what I loved about this book is that it was a thinking book. I enjoyed trying to figure things out along with the characters. Sometimes I was right, but sometimes there were twists thrown in that kept me up turning pages far too late. 

I would recommend this one at about age 12 and up. Violence is the main issue, although there are some made-up swear words that are an awful lot like real swear words. I can't wait until the next book comes out in October. You can follow James at The Dashner Dude.

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Book 34 of 100 for the 100+ Reading Challenge, Book 16 of 50 for the RYOB Challenge, Book 20 of 50 for the YA Reading Challenge, Book 19 of 25 for the MG Reading Challenge

Source: Purchased


bermudaonion said...

My husband enjoyed this book, too. I haven't had a chance to read it yet, though.

Emily said...

I'm really excited for the sequel SCORCH TRIALS to come out.

Nicole (Linus's Blanket) said...

It's funny how there are books that you can't wait to read, and you get them and you still don't read them. This one has been on my shelf for quite a bit, so I am glad to see that it is good and maybe one of these days I will actually read it!

Anonymous said...

I loved this book, too. I'm excited for SCORCH TRIALS. I just finished Dashner's BLADE OF SHATTERED HOPE. I like the Maze Runner series better.

Okie said...

Thanks for a great review. I keep meaning to pick this one up. Sounds like fun.

Corinne said...

I did really like this one. It's a nice twist on the genre (and you know it's my favorite genre, second only to the slightly different post-apocalyptic ya :) I love us :)