Saturday, 17 May 2014

The Maze Runner - James Dashner

The Maze Runner
By James Dashner
Reviewed by Jeff
Published:October 6th 2009
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 374
ISBN: 0385737947

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. (Goodreads)
First off I have to give credit where credit is due, Jamie was more then correct in the assumption that I would enjoy this book, because frankly I did. Now moving on from that embarrassing admission, holy heck was this book a mind screw from page one. Few books give you cliffhanger after cliffhanger. Every chapter Dashner tossed in a quick remark that made me go "ahhh what happens next" RIGHT at the end, just to make me keep on going. One thing I haven't seen mentioned in any review I have seen is how intelligent Dashner must be in order to conceive of not only a complete series but a plot this complex. There were so many twists, so many little details and amazing character development. In all honesty this book felt like it was an amalgamation of davinci code and lord of the flies. I drew parallels from Maze Runner to both those novels throughout, and it worked. I WILL say though, and I feel like a lot of people might not agree, is the ending was a bit too quick. My issue that comes up consistently with books like this, is that the build up is so drawn out, the readers anticipation going through the roof, that it is hard to FULLY deliver at the end. Now before selling the farm and fist fighting me on this, I am not saying Dashner didn't deliver at the end. I just wish he would have spent a BIT more time drawing out the conclusion. That being my only real complaint, and a weak one at that. Overall loved the book, props to Jamie, looking forward to continuing the series. 
4/5 Carls

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