The Maze Runner by James Dashner is an action-packed novel that will leave readers thrilled to read the other installments in the series. A boy named Thomas wakes up in an elevator ascending upward, and he has no idea who he is, where he is, or how he got there. He finds out that he is trapped in a small stretch of land called the Glade, and the Gladers who live there explain the Maze that surrounds them to him. In the two years that people have lived in the Glade, no one has been able to solve the Maze, but Thomas thinks he might be the perfect guy to do so.
The Maze Runner has an extremely captivating plot, and I like that there is never a dull moment, except possibly the beginning of the novel. There is always suspense being built up throughout the story, and I sat on the edge of my seat for a lot of it, reading as quickly as I could so I could see what happened next. There are some dark, depressing parts of the story, but the humor the characters add lightens up the situations. Throughout the book, there are times when the reader has to be patient while something is being explained, but most of it ties together by the end of the novel. The only bit left unexplained is clarified in the sequel. The plot’s originality is also a very strong aspect of this book; I can honestly say that I have never read anything with a plot similar to that of this novel.
Almost all of the characters in this novel are boys, with one exception. This is refreshing, because there are not a lot of young adult novels written from a boy’s perspective that can appeal to girls, and vice versa. The Maze Runner can appeal to both genders. The characters are mostly well developed. They lack emotion in certain places, and the romance that blossoms between two of the characters (Thomas and Teresa) could be a little more elaborate in the explanation of their feelings for each other.
The writing in this book is a little primitive. It lacks the flow that I have seen with other young adult books before, and when there isn’t action going on, it can be hard to enjoy the book. The word choice could be more advanced, and the connection between the characters and the reader could use a little more strength.
Overall, this can be a really good book if you are interested in adventure stories that always have something going on. Flaws in the writing and the way the book is executed might disappoint some, but despite that, I think The Maze Runner is another great book to curl up with on a rainy day and enjoy.