Monday, May 20, 2013

Book Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Guest Reviewer: Kathy Westerfield

ISBN-13: 9780385737951
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 8/24/2010
Series: Maze Runner Series , #1


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.

Just read the first book in a series by James Dashner called The Maize Runner. It has the same "feel" as the hunger games (which I loved)! I was intrigued from the very first paragraph.

Every chapter was so  full of twists, turns (literally!) and drama that I  couldn't put it down.  The author keeps, not only you guessing, but the  characters are kept guessing as well.  They have no idea what is going to happen next in the strange world they have been thrust into. 

I thought the book was well written and the dialogue between characters made me feel like I was standing or running right along with them.  At the end of the book you are given only a taste of the truth of the boys' situation.  On to book Two!!


This book is being made into a movie as we speak.  It's set to release on February 14, 2014.  I couldn't find an actual movie trailer yet, but we will keep you up to date on it.  They have a cast list on IMDb.  I'm including the link here:

Have you read this series?  We'ld love to hear your thoughts on this book!  Of all dystopian novels, which is your favorite?

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