Teen Review: “The Maze Runner” by James Dashner

Thomas wakes up in a metal box with no recollection of anything but his name, surrounded by boys around his age called “Gladers,” who have shown up in the same place as him in a similar fashion every month on the dot. He has an eerie sense of familiarity with his surroundings. The boys have all been sent to a glade surrounded by a gigantic maze. The gladers have had to make this place a home. They have set up jobs, such as farming, cooking, and the most important, running. Each head of a job comes together in a council to decide on the actions of the Gladers. From the moment he is told about the job of a runner, Thomas knows deep down it is what he was meant to do. The job of a runner is to head out into the maze every morning when the gates open and return before they close again in the evening to report findings and draw their section of the assigned maze, which changes from day to day. To be trapped outside after dark is certain death by half-animal, half-machines called grievers, who only come out at night. On his second day in the Glade, a new arrival comes, messing up the ever consistent arrival of people. Not only is a new person not scheduled to show up, it is a girl with a note saying she is the last one. Thomas instantly knows her but can’t remember why. After her arrival, things in the Glade begin to deteriorate, and their only hope now is to finally solve the maze and get out. Can Thomas be the key to their escape? This book keeps you hooked to the very end with its cliffhanger chapters and quirky dialect. You can’t help but grow attached to the characters.

Aedan, Central TLLC, 15

 "The Maze Runner" by James Dashner book cover

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