The Maze Runner is a science fiction book that takes place in a dystopian society. It is the first book of a young adult series by James Dashner. If you like The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card,or Incarceron by Catherine Fisher, then you will probably like this book.
The book begins when Thomas wakes up in the lift. He can’t remember anything. He can’t remember his parents, his friends, or anything before that moment. He remembers no specifics about his life. The only thing he remembers is his name.
When the door to the lift opens, he finds himself welcomed into a Glade by a group of boys that live there. The Glade is surrounded by tall stone walls with doors that open in the morning and close each night. These doors lead into a seeming unsolvable maze guarded by terrible creatures. Like Thomas, none of the boys have any memories before showing up in the Glade. They don’t know how or why they are there. They only know that every 30 days another boy joins them. And in the two years that they’ve been here they have gotten no closer to finding out why they are here or how to get out.
But the next day, a girl arrives in the lift. She is the first girl and the only person to show up not on the 30 day schedule. And she has a mysterious message that changes everything.
The book starts off a little slow, but things pick up quickly. This book is a book that will keep you wondering. You start out knowing nothing about what is going. As the book progresses you slowly figure out more and more. But each detail you learn often ends up leaving you with as many questions as answers. The mystery can be frustrating and makes you want to keep reading so that you can learn more.
The Gladers, as the boys are known, have created their own society and their own slang. Some of the slang sounds a bit funny at first, but as you continue reading you get used to it and it starts to become more natural sounding. They’ve created basic rules for their society that everyone must follow in order to survive. Everyone must pull their weight by working. Only runners are allowed into the maze. And no one is allowed into the maze at night.
Strange events start to happen and Thomas is blamed for them by some of the Gladers. Is Thomas there to save the group and lead them out of the maze? Or is he a bringer of doom? Even Thomas doesn’t know, making the book all the more exciting and mysterious.
The twists throughout the book and at the end of The Maze Runner keep things interesting and keep you always wondering what’s really going on. If you’re like me, you’ll want to immediately start reading the next book in the series, The Scorch Trials, after finishing this book so that you can continue to find out what is really going on in the strange world James Dashner has put together.