Rating: *** Suggested Age: 12
Summary: “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.” (Summary found on Goodreads).
The Maze Runner is an okay start to the Maze Runner Series by James Dashner. It is a very violent book with multiple deaths of kids and serious injuries. It is not a very hard read and I did not think it was written as well as some of the other books I have read. This novel was a little boring at points and starts slowly. Some kids may find it too boring to continue and may stop the book before it becomes interesting. I for one have a “thing” against slow beginnings. There are numerous books that I read the beginning of and stopped. Thankfully, I was patient enough to keep reading this novel. This book was too so-so for me to give it a four or five star rating. The only reason I kept reading the series was because I wanted to know what happened next. The plot was interesting and had me hooked towards the end. I am looking forward to the movie coming out, I just hope that it is one of those movies that is better than the book. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.