Parman Teen Book Review: “The Maze Runner” by James Dashner

mazerunnerMost teens are familiar with this title because of “The Maze Runner” movie that was released the past year staring Dylan O’ Brien, but the real question is: have you read the book that the movie was based on? The Maze Runner is a science fiction novel, the first in a trilogy, so if you’re into science fiction novels and series like I am I would definitely recommend this book for you. Honestly, the framework of the plot has striking similarities to those of the Hunger Games trilogy and the Divergent trilogy, but the main difference is that the protagonist a teenage boy named Thomas who is placed in a mysterious land named the Glade. The Glade is filled with several boys his age who have the same predicament as him – they don’t remember anything about themselves other than their names and have no idea how they got into the Glade or who sent them there. Thomas, who is a bit more inquisitive and clever than the others, wants to figure out the entire mystery of how the Glade works and whether or not there is a world outside the Glade. A female character, Teresa, is introduced towards the end of the novel to spice things up. This book is filled with action, but not to the grotesque level that was included in the Hunger Games, and the interactions between the boys are humorous in the sense that they are pretty realistic. Overall, Dashner’s novel was an interesting read, although the plot itself was not too complex or intricate.

~Niraja, 16 Parman TLLC

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