The Maze Runner, by James Dashner
Series: Maze Runner Series
Published: 6th October 2009
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
Summary: The story follows Thomas, who wakes up in a lift with a lost memory of his past and where he came from. He joins several other boys who entered this world the exact same way.
They are locked into a place called the Glade surrounded by stone walls that open and close at the same time every single day. The walls that surround them form an ever-changing maze, making it impossible to find a way out.
When Thomas joins, strange things start to happen and others become suspicious of him. But he knows what he wants to do. He wants to be a Runner. To run around every corner of the maze and help them all get out.
With the movie adaptation out only a couple of months away, I thought it was finally time to run around the ‘maze’.
The idea of the Maze, the Glade and the things that happen within it make for a really good storyline. I have to say that this book is more driven by its plot than its main character. While I like Thomas, I didn’t really feel that much toward him, only that I wanted to know what was going to happen to him next.
As I have started writing a lot more fiction in the past year than previously, the idea of ‘showing – not telling’ is a big deal to me. I read books upon books to explore how writers translate that onto the page. Unfortunately, James Dashner hasn’t really taken that approach in this book. The style is pretty much ‘telling’ but somehow it still didn’t put me off. Like I said, this book is plot-driven to the nth degree – it’s brilliant.
As for the other characters, I really came to like Minho and Newt and Chuck has a little place in my heart too. James did a great job portraying their attitude toward their miserable existence in the Glade and I loved their lingo and mannerisms! Figuring out what they mean by reading on makes you feel like you’re a part of their little community. ‘Shuckface’, ‘good that’ and ‘Greenie’ are my favourites.
The Maze Runner is a page-turner and it keeps you guessing. With the UK movie release on 10th October, I think you should hurry to pick this one up.