Friday, January 8, 2010

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Disclaimer: I get all my books from the library.  

Today's book is The Maze Runner, by James Dashner.

This book was another 'end of the world' sort of book (funny how these things tend to go in phases). It was also incredibly good. The only thing I wish I'd known going into it was that this book is part of a series. You finish it, but you don't! And it just leaves you with more questions burning.

Thomas wakes up inside a stone maze with no memory of who he was before. He adapts to his surroundings, finding a niche as a maze runner, the people who travel the maze by day looking for a way out. And it must be done during the day, because at night horrible monsters, part slug and part machine, come out and kill any person they find.

But then Thomas gets a few memories back. What he remembers is that he helped build the maze--and it has no way out.

This book gripped me from the beginning. I loved it. I was confused a bit in the ending because I wanted answers, and it left me with more questions. But alas, I'll just have to wait for the sequel.

This is a must have.
I give this book an A.

A = Buy this book NOW
B = Buy this when you can
C = Check it out from the library
D = Don't bother reading it
F = Burn it


  1. I'm going to a conference In a month where James Dashner will be speaking, so this is already a must read for me. I'm glad to know it was so good. It sounds like my husband might like it too.

  2. I didn't like his 13th Reality series. Really, felt amateur. Lots of POVs and rambling-ness. (And I wanted to like it, I actually BOUGHT it.) Maze Runner, however, is great.

  3. Sounds interesting -- I always like those post-apocalyptic stories. But it sounds vaguely familiar. Wasn't there a movie (or movies) very similar to this? I just feel like I heard this story before. And I have a problem with series books -- I feel cheated in a way. I like my books to be self-contained with a definitive ending (or at least an ending for that particular book).

  4. Lee--you might not want to read this one, then. It has an ending...but it definitely leaves you hanging.