Goodreads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
James Dashner has written a whole slew of novels but one of the most popular is the first book in The Maze Runner series. A teenage boy named Thomas finds himself lost in a location with other boys his age who spend their days trying to escape through the maze that surrounds them. None of the boys have any memory from a life before the maze which enhances the frustration and confusion the boys feel throughout the novel.
The Maze Runner is an enticing story that leaves the reader wanting more at the end of every chapter. The reader shares in the main character’s confusion throughout the novel and may find themselves trying to think of plans for the boys’ escape. Dashner did a very good job portraying the teenage boys as they are—teenage boys. At first I thought the language was poor but then I realized that it was written in the way that a young teenage boy would speak. The author’s strong imagination is evident in everything from the setup of where the boys live to the description of the maze and the creatures living in it.
In my opinion, I think The Maze Runner series was a bit overshadowed by The Hunger Games series. The Hunger Games was published in 2008—one year before The Maze Runner. With that said, I would recommend Dashner’s series to anyone who enjoyed The Hunger Games. The book ends by leaving the reader with the same anticipation that is felt at the end of every chapter, so I would suggest having the second book handy before finishing the first one.