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 thirty 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.

I know it's been a while since I've posted a review... GOSH LIFE why do you have to get in the way all the time? Anyways, I actually read this book quite a while ago, but haven't gotten around to actually reviewing it until now. I know, I know, bad Megan... timeout time...

This book was pretty good. I had high expectations because my brother just gobbled it up in about a day, and if you knew my brother, you'd know that when he likes a book, that's an amazing compliment. He doesn't read all that much. To be quite honest with you, I kind of found it hard to get into this book. I spent a long time reading the first few chapters and rereading bits because I'd gone too many days without reading and would forget what happened in the last few pages. But once I got about a third of the way into it, it definitely got more captivating. 

This book is FULL of mystery and unanswered questions. It's basically like a really long riddle that you are trying to figure out the whole way through, which is pretty awesome. I constantly found myself asking questions and wondering how things could be happening the way they were. It was a fun read. But also sent a really serious message. Really got me thinking about life and the circumstances that we are so lucky to live in. Also, descriptions and imagery were really crystal clear. Awesome stuff. 

One thing I didn't like as much about this book was the ending. While it was a good ending, and a great opening for the rest of the series, I found it to be a bit predictable. I kind of guessed that something along those lines was happening after about the fifth chapter. So when I finished reading I was a bit dissapointed that the author had not surprised me more. I really like when books take me totally off guard and leave me going "OH MY GOD WHAT JUST HAPPENED?!?" but unfortunately, this book did not have that effect on me. 

 Other than the slightly dissapointing conclusion, this book was a good read. I enjoyed immersing myself in the world that Thomas finds himself trapped in...

The Good: imagery, mystery, riddle-ish storyline
The Bad: slightly dissapointing and predictable ending 
The Verdict: 3.5/5 

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