Maze Runner Review

Check out this book, which appears in the Mockingjay booklist:

Dashner, James. Maze Runner
The Scorch Trials (October 2010)
The Death Cure (working title: out in 2011)

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. He has no recollection of his parents, his home, or how he got where he is. His memory is black. 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 expanse enclosed 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, for as long as they could remember, the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night, they’ve closed tight. Every thirty days a new boy is delivered in the lift. And no one wants to be stuck in the maze after dark.
The Gladers were expecting Thomas’s arrival. But the next day, a girl arrives in the lift—the first girl ever to arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. The Gladers have always been convinced that if they can solve the maze that surrounds the Glade, they might be able to find their way home . . . wherever that may be. But it’s looking more and more as if the maze is unsolvable.
And something about the girl’s arrival is starting to make Thomas feel different. Something is telling him that he just might have some answers—if he can only find a way to retrieve the dark secrets locked within his own mind.

This is my review on Goodreads:

What an excellent book! I read the whole thing in one evening. This would be a great book for guys. The main character, Thomas arrives to the Glade, with no memory of his past and no idea why he’s there. The Glade is populated completely by teenage guys.
Each guy has certain job expectations and after Thomas arrives, he follows the other guys around trying to figure out what he’s best at.
He finds out that the job he really wants is the most difficult one. Maze Runner. Just past the village, is a giant maze. Every morning the doors open and the runners go in and at the end of the day they need to come out before the doors close. If they don’t, there are horrible things that come out at night. Horrible, horrible things that the guys don’t talk about.
A new teen arrives… but its a girl, not a guy. Once she arrives, Thomas begins to remember things. Bad things.
There are some annoying things about the book, mostly the slang that the teens use. Bleh.
I am loving all the dystopian fiction that’s been coming out… probably even more than vampires, zombies and werewolves (OH MY).

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About kitkat

I'm a teen services librarian in Chili (pronounced Chai-Lie) New York with a passion for engaging teens in the love of reading, libraries and having fun!
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