Monday, October 12, 2009

Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Book: The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Genre: YA Science Fiction (Dystopian)
Rating: A
For: Fun! And the ongoing quest to "support your local authors!"

After all the pre-release reviews many of you did of this book which said "I couldn't put it down!" I was anxious to find out for myself if this was really the case.

It was. I couldn't put it down!

The story starts out with Thomas finding himself being hauled up in a big metal elevator, to a very strange place, and with all his memory gone. He doesn't know who he is, where he is, or what's going on at all. He is met by a bunch of boys, who have their own interesting slang language and who seem to be surviving on their own.

I don't really want to explain much more than that because it's important that we learn the details of this place right along with Thomas.

This book reminded me in many ways of The Hunger Games (as many others have mentioned) and Lord of the Flies, and even a bit of Ender's Game. Wow! Can you imagine! Having said that though, it is its own unique self too, and takes a path never before taken. The ending blew me away and wow... it's pretty much all I can say!

Just go read it. Really.

So put this on the list of those books I'm patiently (NOT) waiting for the next one. And how long will that be? Too long I'm guessing.

My only complaint? More romance! :) (Though maybe that will turn off all those reluctant reader boy types that are going to love this book. So never mind... keep it subtle! )

Other reviews:

Rhapsody In Books
The Book Nest
My Friend Amy
Ticket to Anywhere
Books and Movies
A High and Hidden Place: Tales of a Capricious Reader
One Librarian's Book Reviews

A video of the author himself talking about it (though he gives away more than I would!)


  1. Thanks for the link to my review! I, too, am having hard time with how long we have to wait for book two. :(

  2. It was quite the pageturner, wasn't it? :)

  3. Okay...I have to pick up a copy of this book! I keep hearing such great things, and I really need to be more supportive of local authors (as mentioned). :) Thanks for posting your enthusiastic review!

  4. I know I had a hard time putting the book down. I just about popped my eyes out on the cliffhanger ending though! Seriously. Here's my review.

  5. I really want to read this. I think I am going to have to buy it!

  6. I agree about wanting more romance, but I'm hoping we'll see some of that in the next book :)

  7. I have this book on the shelf to read as well. I'm glad to hear it is good.

  8. I went and saw him on Tuesday night and he actually said that "Ender's Game" and "Lord of the Flies" were his inspiration for "The Maze Runner."

  9. I've been hearing good things about Dashner's latest book. Guess I'll have to get my hands on it.



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