The Maze Runner | Review

Title:  The Maze Runner

Author: James Dashner

Genre Themes: Science-Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic, Young-Adult Fiction,

Date Published: October 6, 2009

Cover Rating: 3/5

Page Count: 375 

Buy:  The Maze Runner (Book 1)

Movie Review: The Maze Runner | Movie

Synopsis: 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.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

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.

Everything is going to change.

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

Remember. Survive. Run.


I found this book hard to get into at first, but once I did get into it, I really started to like it. It’s one of those books you have to just force your way though (doesn’t mean it’s bad in any way).

There are a lot of unanswered questions in the beginning, which sort of drove me nuts, but most of them get answered by the second book.

There is great character development, and the way they talk to each other is so natural – it feels like an actual conversation.


The whole book has a very realistic feel to it – definitely Dystopian, but they make references to people you actually know, so it makes you wonder whether or not this is in the distant future.

The ending (without spoiling it) is both heart breaking and joyous. I think most readers would be shocked at what happens. I would have been, but I ruined it for myself, which I highly suggest you DO NOT do.


Throughout the whole book, I kept thinking how amazing it would be, as a movie. There is a movie, and I really enjoyed it. As far as book-to-movie adaptations go, this was spot on. If you like the book, or even if you don’t, I would say to watch the movie.

There are three books in the series – The Maze Runner; The Scorch Trials; The Death Cure, and a Prequel; The Kill Order.



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