Lisa Reviews: James Dashner's - "The Maze Runner"

dashner_maze runnerThe Maze Runner Trilogy was always one that was recommended to me over and over again, by my friends, by different bloggers, and even by my school librarian. When I purchased the box set, reading these books was long overdue, and I knew it was time to finally see what everyone was raving about! Besides having this trilogy recommended to me well over thirty times, another thing that caught my attention was that readers compared it to The Hunger Games Trilogy!

“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 thirty 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.

Is it sad that until I actually started reading The Maze Runner, I had no idea what it was really about? I had never read a review, I was just always told how amazing the characters were and how unexpected the ending was. I never knew that the characters were all boys, or that these kids were just dropped into this unknown place with no knowledge of who they are, or why they were there.

The Maze Runner has a VERY interesting set of characters! While I usually like a strong female lead character, I didn’t find that in this story…I didn’t find any kick butt girls at all, expect for one who showed up at the Glades unconscious… so she wasn’t too kick butt.!Even though, the cast was filled with nothing, but boys, I actually really liked that. It made the story stick out, and unlike anything I’ve read before. It was what pulled me in and kept me reading!

Thomas’s journey of getting out of the Glades seemed never ending, whenever he seemed to get closer to the exit, somehow he always got farther away from it. As the reader, I felt like I was right there with him, trying to figure out what all this meant … why these boys and this one unconscious girl where put here, and how to get out. The Maze Runner had me wrapped around its finger, and wasn’t letting go; I loved it!

Just as I was told, what seemed a million times over and over again, the ending was something I would have NEVER expected! I couldn’t believe how things ended!! While The Maze Runner did leave us off with a bit of a cliff-hanger, but with such an unbelievable I didn’t really care!  All I care about is reading the next book and finding out what’s going to happen next!

It’s true, The Maze Runner is comparable to The Hunger Games; kids are thrown into a dangerous place to fend for themselves and survive. But other than that The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner are completely different. While The Maze Runner isn’t usually the type of book I grab for, James Dashner has sucked me in with his amazing story, characters, and cliff-hanger that left me wanting more! I’m really happy that I purchased the box set, so I can continue the trilogy right away! 

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