Monday, March 30, 2015

Book Review: The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner #1) by: James Dashner

Release Date: October 6, 2009
from Delacorte Press
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"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."

My Thoughts:

So recently I decided I wanted to try out audiobooks for my commute to and from work, and The Maze Runner was the first audiobook I decided to try. I had been meaning to get to this series for a while now and I figured this was the perfect excuse. I am so glad I finally got to this book because it was sooooo good! I loved it and I was addicted and I found myself listening at every single chance I could.

I am seriously kicking myself for waiting so long to get to this book. Beginning to end, this book just grabs you. It has been so long since I have read a dystopian that I really enjoyed but The Maze Runner changed that. The world is dangerous and crazy and kinda scary. The characters are both realistic and likable and the way they interact is so relatable and real. I loved the dynamics of the group and the dialogue.

Our main character Thomas is great and I really enjoyed his perspective. I love the way he took charge of every situation he found himself in and refused to give up. He asked questions and analyzed everything. He was brave and he fought but at the same time he was scared. He wasn’t just this fearless kid who was thrown into a crazy situation and then all of a sudden because awesome. No, he was awesome in spite of being afraid and lost and really having no clue what to do. That is what makes Thomas special.

I also loved the secondary characters: Newt, Teresa, Chuck, and Minho. I have a real soft spot for Teresa, mostly because she has an awesome name, but also because she seems like such a strong character and I feel like I am really going to love her as the story progresses. Chuck I loved even if he could be a bit annoying. And then I really like Newt and Minho and how they kept the other Gladers strong. 

I really loved how this story was pulled apart piece by piece. That as a reader you don’t have any more information other than what Thomas has. Discovering everything and watching all the pieces come together was a great ride for the reader.

Now while I don’t have much comparison for it, I really enjoyed the narrator for The Maze Runner. I was able to distinguish between characters well and I never felt myself fall into a lull as he was reading.

All in all, I am really glad I finally made time for The Maze Runner. This is an awesome book and I cannot wait to get to The Scorch Trials.   

8 comments:

  1. I never got around to reading this, but I did watch the movie and I loved it. I'm excited for The Scorch Trials. Good to know the book is just as exciting.

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  2. Yay for audiobooks and commutes! I love that Wendy is doing them too! :D I have been listening to them on long drives, while walking my dog, and going to the gym. Such a fan. I read this series awhile ago, but I really enjoyed it. I did feel conflicted later in the series over some developments, but we'll chat about those when you finish. :)

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  3. For the life of me I really can't do audio books. It took me a month to finish a 4 hour audio because I would get distracted and would constantly rewind.

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  4. YES! I'm so glad you finally gave this one a chance! It really is an amazing book and a good series. I love Thomas. I liked being inside a guy's head for once. The idea for the book really pulled me in and I loved that it has mystery, suspense, and danger lurking around every corner for the characters. I still need to read the last book; hopefully I can soon!

    Amazing review!

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  5. I read this one years ago, but it and the movie just weren't what I wanted in my dystopia. Glad to hear that you enjoyed it though and are excited for the next one

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  6. I haven't gotten to this one yet either. Wow. Does sound good. Love it when a book grabs you from the beginning. :) Are you now addicted to audiobooks?

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    1. Yeah audiobooks are my newest addiction! I love them for my commute and when I'm having a slower day at work they are great!

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  7. My kiddo and I absolutely loved reading this series -- it's so addictive! I'm super happy you enjoyed the audio. I love how you mention that we have as little information as Thomas does and discover things as he does -- it made it so intriguing. Dashner is genius! Fabulous review, Teresa! *smoosh*

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