Book Review: The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner Book 1) by James Dashner

Thomas awakens with no memory of his life or anything about himself other than his name only to find himself in the middle of a giant, creature-filled maze with a group of teenage guys who've been living there for years. None of them know how or why they've been put there, but they're determined to solve the maze and find a way out.

3 Star Book Review: The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner Book 1) by James Dashner | books, book reviews, sci-fi, dystopian, YA
Title: The Maze Runner
Book Number: 1 of 3
Pages: 386
My Rating: 3 Stars


*Psst–If you actually considering reading this, I suggest you check out my review of The Death Cure (Book 3). There are no spoilers, and it covers my thoughts on the series as a whole.*

I’m kind of struggling with how to write this review, so I’m just gonna dive right into it.

I’m not the target audience for this book. I’m a 24-year-old female. I am not, have never been, and will never be a teenage boy. I find male teenage characters to be the hardest for me to relate to. I’ve also read a lot of complaints about Thomas’s character not having much of a personality, and I get it. His memory was wiped, and characters whose memories have been wiped always seem to have that problem. But think about it–even if we’re born with certain traits, we’re still shaped by our experiences. Without those experiences, we’d all be pretty generic. I’m a character person, so I was kind of hesitant to read the book at all given these issues. That being said, or maybe because of my low expectations, I actually ended up enjoying it. Even though Thomas didn’t have that much personality, he wasn’t unlikable. And plain is better than unlikable.

I’ve also read complaints about the plot, and I get that, too. For a while, the plot was kind of slow-going, but the mystery surrounding the maze was sufficient enough to keep my interest. There were also a lot of intense, “oh shit” moments that had me turning the page when I should’ve been doing other things (you know, just sleeping and eating, nothing important).

So all in all, even though it had some flaws and could’ve done with some more character development, it was a decent read that managed to keep my attention enough for me finish it in two days.


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