Review: “The Maze Runner” – James Dashner

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Review: “The Maze Runner” – James DashnerThe Maze Runner by James Dashner
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Published on: October 6th 2009
Published by: Delacorte Press
Pages: 374
Series: The Maze Runner #1
Genre: YA Dystopian
Format: Paperback

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This book is part of the Maze Runner series. You can find my reviews for the rest of the series via the links below:

The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner #1)
The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner #2)
The Death Cure (The Maze Runner #3)

The Maze Runner (movie review)


(summary from Goodreads)

“If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.”

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers–boys whose memories are also gone.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out–and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.


You know when I like a book, because I turn into an absolute mumbling mess that really makes no sense!


Last year I read some amazing dystopian trilogies, The Divergent Trilogy and The Legend Trilogy being two of the best, and since then I have been looking for the next great one to read. I’m so glad that I finally decided to pick up this book because WOW was it AMAZING!

My heart was racing the entire time. I can’t remember the last time that happened to me with a book. The action was written so well in this book that I could see it all happening and there were times when I forgot where I was and totally thought I was going to get eating by something!

I had no idea what was going to happen. Sometimes you read a book and you can see where it is going, with this one I had absolutely no idea! There are so many twists and turns (just like a maze!) that the moment you think you know what is going to happen it completely throws you in the other direction. The entire book is a puzzle and I LOVED it!

I don’t know about you but I have never red a book set in a maze. I was slightly worried before starting that it was going to feel a bit Hunger Games-y with a load of teenagers being thrown in a big arena/maze. But as soon as I started reading I knew it was going to be completely different. The whole world building was amazing: the maze was just WOW. How someone even thinks something like it up is just amazing. The Gladers, the “monsters”, even the way they all spoke. I read the world Shuck so many times that it now just slips out of my mouth without me releasing! You can always tell the peoplewho have also read this series, because they give you that secret smile of understanding. Everyone else just looks at you like what the heck is a shuck?!

James Dashner knows how to write characters who you fall in love with. The humour in this book was great and some of the characters literally had me in stitches. Then you had the more serious moments, the loss of some awesome characters which was sad, but the characters were just so perfect and so totally real, exactly how you would expect a bunch of teenage boys who had been thrown together in a maze to be like.

Lastly, I love reading all the author notes and acknowledgements etc, so finding this note from the publisher made me happy, and didn’t stop me smiling for about an hour 🙂

maze runner note


Final Thoughts

It was an amazing start to the series and has left me desperate for the second book! I can’t wait for more from these characters!

Re-Readability: Definitely

I would recommend this book to: YA dystopian, YA fantasy, monsters, books with puzzles to solve, books with big groups of friends


Have you read The Maze Runner?

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