Oh my gosh! This book was absolutely fantastic! Fantastic! It took me a chapter or two to really get into the swing of it, but then it sucked me in. And I really want (need!) the next one.
Great protagonist. Thomas responded well to the situation: not moping around for 1/2 the book (which would be an easy thing to do) nor did he seem wooden. Great blend of action & emotion. Plus, the plot/developments were revealed slowly so I kept wanting more. I did get annoyed with Thomas once or twice when he would run away from learning about something because I was curious, but it usually made perfect sense that he wouldn't want to know.
Definitely 5 stars.
Everyone should read this book! : )
Another book in film adaptation limbo. Can't wait to see how they translate everything! Should be visually astounding and full of action. Safe for ages 12 and up. It is fairly violent, so keep that in mind. Make sure your kids know what is make believe!. Read the book for yourself before you pass it on, you won't regret it! I'll be reading the rest of the series!
Author does a pretty good job of creating and describing a simplified alternate world. It's a little different than "Lord of the Flies", the conflicts between the boys is not quite the center of the story. Has a 16 year old hero, who discovers !surprise! he is different than the others. Ending gets a little unbelievable, but, after all, this is science fiction. It's the first of a trilogy, supposedly.
I really liked this book. It is action packed and full of questions. Some that are answered in the book and some that are not. While I was reading it sort of reminded me of The Lord of the Flies. The way they had to work together and of course you have some who play by their own rules.
Thomas wakes up in a lift. He can remember nothing except his first name. When he arrives at the
Glade he finds it filled with young boys, like himself. They remember nothing about their past lives, nothing before the Glade. Something feels familiar to Thomas even though he is sure that he has never been to this place before. Even the Maze that closes tight every night does not scare him like it should.
Then something different happens. A girl arrives the next day with a message. A message that they don't fully understand, or do they?
As I said before, I liked the book, I didn't love it. If you liked Lord of the Flies or even The Hunger Games, you will probably like it. I was so excited in the beginning and the middle but toward the end it started loosing its flavor, in my opinion. I will read the other two to see what happens.. I hope you enjoyed this review..
Reviewed by Sarah Bean the Green Bean Teen Queen for TeensReadToo.com
Thomas is brought up to the Glade in an elevator with only his name and no memory at all. He finds himself with a group of boys like himself. They all have no memory of an outside world. All they know is that there is a maze and they will try to find a way out -but every night the doors to the maze will shut.
The day after Thomas arrives, a girl, the first ever in the Glade, arrives with a note that she is the last. Thomas is determined to figure out what is happening in the Glade and unlock the secrets that are buried.
THE MAZE RUNNER is the start to a thrilling new trilogy. If you are a fan of dystopian science fiction, then this title needs to be added to your must-read pile.
Author James Dashner has a brilliant start to the book; the Gladers use different slang, which takes some time to get used to. However, this leaves the reader feeling just as jarred as Thomas when the book starts and you find yourself learning about the Glade right along with the main character. I've never really had that experience with a book before, so kudos to Mr. Dashner for a brilliant storytelling device.
The story has somewhat of a slow start, but readers who stick with it will be rewarded. I'm warning you - there are lots of cliffhangers and heart-stopping adventure, and you'll want to stay up late turning pages to find out what happens next.