Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner


Thomas finds himself in a strange place with no memory of how he arrived there. While his memory remains in place about basic life functions, he has lost all personal memory about who he is. The place he finds himself is a clearing surrounded by a maze with only boys inhabiting the place. All supplies are provided through the same hole Thomas arrived through. The maze, however, is filled with monsters that come out at night and keep the boys from escaping.

But Thomas's arrival sets off a chain of events that begin to lead to change. He feels determined to discover the answer to the maze and puts himself at great risk to find out how they can get out from where they are.

I read The Maze Runner when I desperately needed a fast and absorbing read. It perfectly fit that bill! I was engaged from the first page and very curious, just like Thomas, to learn the secrets of the place where they were. The book took turns I wasn't expecting and kept me in plenty of suspense!

The pacing is quick and the world Dashner has created is very interesting and different. There's plenty of mystery beyond the maze and this, the first book in the series, gives us just a beginning glimpse into the state of the world. And yes, I won't lie...it ends on quite the cliffhanger.

It's possible that the emotional landscape of the characters could have been more fully developed, but overall this is the perfect book to lose yourself in! And good news! It's available in stores now!

Rating: 4.25/5
Things You Might Want to Know: There is some violence but nothing unbearably graphic.
Source of Book: ARC (advance reading copy) provided by the publisher
Publisher:Delacorte




Amy

14 comments:

Beth F said...

I may have this one in the house... can't remember, but I do know that I want to read it despite it's flaws.

Sandy Nawrot said...

I've read a few reviews of this one, and I want to get it on audio for the kids and I. I'm hoping that my wonderful library decides to carry it!

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I'm hoping the next vol. tells us that the sad thing that happened at the end didn't really happen! :--)

Meghan said...

I agree with what you said about emotional landscape, but I still loved the book. =)

Heather said...

I loved it. I could not read it fast enough. I just had to know what was going on! I can't wait for the sequel. :)

Nicole said...

It looks like it should be one of those books you just have to read in one sitting if you have the time. It's one that I plan on reading this month as well.

Bart's Bookshelf said...

The more I see about this one the more it intrigues me.

S. Krishna said...

I can't wait to read this one. Thanks for the review!

bermudaonion said...

Sounds gripping! I actually think Carl might like this one, so I think I'll let him read it first.

Ti said...

I held off on requesting this one because I already had so much to read but now I'm sorry I skipped it.

Debbie's World of Books said...

I cannot wait to read this one! It sounds so good.

Kailana said...

I am glad to see you are reading and reviewing more lately. :) This book looks really good.

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

I've got to get my hands on a copy of this soon! Thanks for the review.

Jen - devourer of books said...

We're going for the quarter points now on the ratings, are we?

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