Another book review for you today!
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Genre: YA futuristic/dystopian
It didn’t take me long to read this once I got into it. The Maze Runner is told from the point of view of Thomas, a teenage boy who is transported to a mysterious place called the Glade with no memories of his past life. The only clue is the Maze that surrounds the Glade: the boys who live there believe that if they can solve the maze without being maimed or killed by the ghastly creatures that live there, they will find their way home. But as is so often the case, not everything is what it seems… I don’t want to give up too much of the plot, but it’ll definitely give your brain some work figuring your way through. There’s a few times where I guessed at what might really be going on before the characters did.
When you’re reading this book, you’ll feel a lot like Thomas does: disoriented and full of questions. Since this is the first in a series, obviously not all the questions are answered here. Thomas asks questions constantly – something that can get a little annoying. In fact that was my only complaint: sometimes inquisitiveness isn’t the most attractive character trait.
But if you’re not a fan of romance in YA, you’re in luck: there really isn’t any. There are hints that there might be something between Thomas and Teresa, but nothing happens (at least not in this book – I can’t speak for what might happen later.)
The book leaves plenty to anticipate for the sequel and overall is a fast-paced read. It’s not the type of plot that everyone would enjoy, but I liked it.
Final grade: A-