Book: The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner 1) by James Dashner
Original Release Date: January 1st 2009
Reading Format: Paperback
Edition: English edition from Chicken House, released in 2014
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.
Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.
Everything is going to change.
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
Remember. Survive. Run.
One of the first things that struck me about this book are the repeating thoughts, almost complete identical sentences in Thomas’s thoughts when it comes to him wondering about why things feel so familiar. This did become less towards the ending (or maybe I stopped noticing). But it did make those parts feel forced. Also there is a bit of tell and not show going on when it comes to feelings. The speech they used kind of got on my nerves as well at the start. I got used to it, but it was still weird.
After two years the other guys had nothing uncovered. In comes Thomas and he figures everything out. Yet these guys are supposedly also smart. They were not written very smart at moments. The plot was set up in a way for Thomas to excel and become the leader in future books. Very obviously. Next to that I could have done with a bit more characterization of some of the side characters. They were a bit flat at moments.
Yet despite all that, I really did enjoy reading this book, hence the 3 star rating. I think for me a lot had to do with the idea. I do really like the idea of this book. There were a lot of questions that needed answers. And we still don’t have a clear idea of what the world looks like now. It was also reasonably fast paced and not too long.