The Maze Runner

maze runnerThe Maze Runner, by James Dashner

Reviewed by Attie P. (age 12)

My name is Thomas, he thought. That … that was the only thing he could remember about his life.” (Dashner)

Thomas wakes up in an old windowless elevator that smells of burnt oil. He only remembers snippets of his life, flashbacks. Eventually the box stops and the doors open. The light blinds him, but as his eyes get used to it, he sees boys about his age, teenagers, but not one girl. They use words he doesn’t know, like shank, shuck, keeper, slopper. He learns that he is in the Glade, but he doesn’t know what that is. He is full of questions, but nobody will answer them. That night a boy, Newt, wakes him up and takes him to a window on the giant wall that separates the Glade from the Maze. He shows Thomas a Griever (imagine a giant slug with robotic spider legs), and the Maze. For some reason Thomas feels like he’s been there before.

Two days later a girl comes in the same box that Thomas came in. She wakes up and tells the boys that she will be the last person to come through the box. Ever. Then she goes into a coma for two weeks. People start to get suspicious because usually people come every three months, not every two days. Later, weird things start to happen, plunging Thomas into an adventure that pushes him to the max.

Fast paced, action packed, thrilling and clever are perfect words to describe The Maze Runner. Fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent will love this book, but anybody from 12 to 20 that has a taste for adventure will enjoy it too, because who doesn’t like a bit of a thrill every once in awhile?