“Just follow me and run like your life depends on it. Because it does.” -James Dashner
No memory of his past other than his name, sixteen year old Thomas has been placed into the maze controlled by WICKED- an association hoping to find a cure to the ticking time bomb disease The Flare, threatening to wipe out all the humans unless a cure is found pronto. Thomas and the fifty other boys and one girl have been selected for the experiment with no past memories other than, 'We have to find a way out'. The Gladers have been living in the centre of the maze, the Glade on what seems like a large farm. Every day a small group of boys set out to try find an escape through the maze into the unknown and Thomas is determined to become one and help.
Along the way Thomas finds friends, new and old and quickly starts to realise more about the maze and why they have been placed inside it. With his extra knowledge the gladers are closer to solving the maze than ever before, though will they be able to crack the code?
Will it all be worth it?
Can they forget their past and start over?
The book was quite enjoyable, it was intense and jam packed with action and suspense throughout... Unlike a lot of other scifi books, The Maze Runner was written in third person which gave you a different perspective to the story giving the viewers more of a gallery view of what was happening and a movie feel. This isn't necessarily a bad trait of the book, however it didn't give as much insight into the characters and it didn't necessarily put you in the characters shoes as much as you would have hoped, from a book with such an intense and mysterious storyline.
Overall I did enjoy the book, it was written well and kept you on edge. However I would have preferred it much more if it was written from the characters perspective.
If you are a fan of the Hunger Games or Divergent, this book is for you as it follows a similar gripping and enjoyable storyline. As the book was written in 3rd person it wasn't as scary/ shocking as you would expect which is why I would recommend the book for younger mature readers 13 and over.
The book is the first of the Maze Runner trilogy, which continues Thomas and his friends journey to escape WICKED- which I also recommend if you enjoyed this book. The first two books have been made into major motion pictures which I have both greatly enjoyed though make sure to read the books first.
The Maze Runner by James Dashner AUD$18.99 (approx.)
The Young Book Critic