The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Publisher: Delacorte Press (2009)
Genre: YA, Sci-fi, Dystopia
Ouch, I’m late with this one. The Maze Runner has been a huge hit a couple of years back. The hype has already weakened a little bit, the rest of the series has been published and even the movie adaptation was a great success. This all sounds a bit like the Hunger Games and Divergent, two other dystopian novels.
I see why the people like this book so much and why it’s so popular! The writing style is very easy-going, I finished the book in just a couple of days. The character are engaging and lots of action is going on.
For the ones of you that are like me some weeks ago: The Maze Runner is about a bunch of guys living in the Glade. Their goal: explore the Maze that surrounds them on all sides and find a way out. For over two years they have been trying, unsuccessful so far. Then Thomas arrives at the Glade. His memory wiped, he has no clue who or where he is and what is going on. But his arrival set certain events in motion, and escaping the Glade has become more pressing than ever.
The feelings are brought to life really well. I felt so bad for Thomas when he just arrived in the Glade. His confusion, his annoyance when nobody seems to want to answer any of his questions. I know some people fell over the minimal amount of character development during the book. Honestly, I didn’t think it was that bad to begin with, and because of the engaging story line it did not bother me at all.
In the meantime I also watched the movie a couple of days ago. It was okay I guess, but I liked the book better (which is anyway the case for most movie adaptations). I’m definitely up for the next books in the series; the Scorch Trials, the Death Cure, the Kill Order and the Fever Code!
Final rating: ★★★★☆