Review by Dakota, age 15
James Dashner’s young adult science fiction novel is the first in the Maze Runner Trilogy. It combines familiar elements from Lord of the Flies and The Hunger Games where a group of boys trapped in a foreign setting figure out a way of order while the Creators control the environment they are trying to survive in. That is to say, all the mystery and action that encompasses this book, from the beginning to the end, will keep the reader up all night.
When Thomas is dropped into the Glade by a box, all he can remember is his first name. But even so, he is not the only one. A group of boys do not exactly give Thomas a warm welcome into the Glade, which is camp in the middle of the dreadful maze. No one remembers where they are from or how they ended up in the maze. All they know for sure is that every morning, when the maze doors open, the boys must risk their lives hoping and searching for a way to escape. The day after Thomas arrives, the routine of a new boy arriving every month is broken as a new girl arrives. Consequently, this triggers dreadful and unsettling things to take place. Now, it is a matter of life or death.
Dashner is able to accomplish admirable characterization, action that is elaborated in detail, and a novel that is rich with events. Throughout the course of the novel, there is not a single moment of downtime as we follow the adventures of the characters in the maze. Everything happens so quickly, surprises and unexpected events are lined up one after the other, and with each new event, we discover something new about the world in which the characters of the novel exist. The Maze Runner will appeal to lovers of action, adventure, and dystopia. There is even more to expect as you carry on further into the series.