Sunday, November 20, 2011
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Author: James Dashner
# of Pages: 374 (Paperback)
Rating: 3.5 stars
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.
Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.
Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.
Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.
My Thoughts: I have mixed feelings about this book. I liked how Thomas was quick-thinking when he was faced with danger and never let panic take over. I liked the interesting scenes within the Maze, and I thought the Grievers, part animal-part machine covered in needles and other lethal instruments, were pretty creepy.
On the other hand, I felt that the first half of the book dragged. For the longest time all Thomas did was ask questions. Yes, I know that would be the logical thing to do if put in a situation like him, but he never tries to find anything out on his own. I also thought Thomas was a bit too trusting. When Teresa arrives, he feels a "connection," and is sure he knew her before coming to the Maze. He almost instantly accepts her, unlike the other boys who find her presence very suspicious. I do hope that more of Thomas and Teresa's history is revealed in the sequel.