Tuesday, 16 July 2013

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Author: James Dashner
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
Date Published: October 6, 2009
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Author's Website: www.jamesdashner.com

        Thomas can't remember anything other than his first name when he finds himself in the Glade. A big space surrounded by stone walls. Many other boys are in the Glade, and like him, they don't remember anything before arriving. All Thomas wants is some answers, unfortunately the other boys in the Glade don't have all the answers. All they know is that:

1. A new boy comes to the Glade every month.

2. Outside the Glade is a maze

3. The walls that lead inside the Maze open every morning and close every night

4. Nobody has ever survived the Maze overnight.

       Just a day after Thomas' arrival, something extraordinary happens. A girl comes to the Glade and she delivers a mysterious message. Then suddenly, nothing is as it seems, and everything is different. So different in fact that the all the boys are starting to lose hope that an exit inside the Maze exists.

      I really dislike this cover. I can't put my finger on why, but I can't bring myself to like it.

      All of the characters in this book are boys except for one. I didn't mind that at all. Sadly, I couldn't bring myself to like the protagonist. Throughout the whole story he didn't really show a lot development. Overall he just wasn't very interesting.
       A character I did like in the book was Newt. He had a good personality and was fun to read about.
       Then of course, I have to mention Chuck. He is the first person that Thomas befriends and they stay friends throughout the entire book. He can get a little annoying at times but most of the time he is really sweet.
       No real love story in this book, though I suspect that something might happen between Thomas and Teresa in the next book.

       I just have one thing to mention that really bugged me about the book. The beginning is really slow. I mean for the longest time nothing really happens. I went through about 100 pages being bored with the book.

        I had really high hopes for this book. When you read the blurb on the back it seems quite interesting. Also after seeing all the hype that this book was getting, I decided that I better read it before the movie comes out. (Read on for details on the movie.) But yeah, I haven't really decided if I am going to continue with the series, but maybe If I find out a little more about it       

        The movie is scheduled to be released on February 14, 2014. (So many movies are going to be released around Valentines Day!)

      Dylan O'Brien as Thomas
       Kaya Scodelario as Teresa

       Aml Ameen as Alby

       Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Newt

       Blake Cooper as Chuck
       Will Poulter as Gally

       Ki Hong as Minho

       I think some of the actors look a little old to be playing teenagers, but overall it's an alright cast n my opinion.

       Hey look, pictures! YAY!



  1. I actually really liked this book. I do agree that the beginning is slow, but the whole idea of the book is really interesting. Thomas wasn't my favorite character either. I more preferred Newt and Alby. In all though, this is one of my favorite series. And I can't wait for the movie!

    ~Sydney@Pika Pages

    1. The idea of this book is really interesting, but the flow of the book just didn't quite work for me. Parts of it were just kind of boring. Newt was absolutely without a doubt my favorite character. I liked Alby too, but something about Newt just made me love him. I am also really interested in how the movie will turn out!

  2. I actually loved this trilogy! :) It was great. Thomas wasn't my fave either, but I did like some of the other characters. Great review though! I hope you give book 2 a try and I did not know they were coming out with a movie!

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

    1. Thanks! I might give book 2 a try, but I would rather not buy it. If I could find it at a library I might give it a shot. I thought I was the only one that didn't know about the movie until now! how do you feel about the cast?

      I'm going to check out your blog :)

  3. Aww sorry you didn't like it as much. There is a lot of hype around this book and series so it sucks--a lot--when the hype doesn't get reached. I've been actually thinking of reading it just because the whole Maze idea sounds interesting. I didn't realize there was going to be a movie!

    But I really love how neat and organized how you reviewed this book! Gets a better feel of each individual substance contained in the book.

    It is very lovely meeting you! I hope to get to know you better! ^^
    P.S. Thanks for dropping by my blog! i am not a new follower of your blog. :D

    1. It seems like everybody I talk to lately has asked
      "Have you read the Maze Runner Sibella?"
      Just so much hype...

      I really liked your blog too! Thanks!

      And Awww, It was lovely meeting you too! I hope to get to know you and your blog better too :)