Friday, August 14, 2009

Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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.



Received from the publisher for review.

Wow! This was remarkably good! I wasn't quite sure about it at the beginning since it was so confusing initially, but it immediately sucked me in and kept me turning the pages until the very end.

The premise, while obviously targeted towards boys, was interesting and quite good. It felt very Lord of the Rings to me, with a quest and hope and loss mixed together. The only thing that bothered me was that this was the first of a series and so felt vaguely unresolved at the end.

This one gets nine enthusiastic stars. It draws you in from the very beginning and you learn about the world as Thomas does. This is definitely recommended for readers of all ages. Think of it as a YA version of Dean Koontz!

Rating: ★★★★★★★★★



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