The Maze Runner was a book that came recommended to those who like dystopian novels and in general the sort of fiction that's being put out for teens right now. As most of those can be hit or miss I approached it with trepidation. The results; I thought it was ok, but not nearly as good as it was hyped up to be.
wakes up in a dark box which rises to the surface of a hostile world.
Here there are just boys who are doing their best to survive, and he's
the newbie who's entered their world. Aside from once a month supply
deliveries, they are on their own. The have their own little place to
sleep and grow food, but outside those walls is a maze none of them have
been able to solve. And if they are unable to solve it, they don't get
to go home. The special task of handling this running of a maze is
given to the select few, known as Runners. And you would think solving a
maze would be easy when there's so much time to do it; but dark things
come out at night, and the maze is always changing.
really connect with any of the characters in this book. There were some
stand out ones, sure, but the large majority of them just didn't spark
that connection. Especially Thomas, he's our main character and while I
can appreciate his intelligence and fortitude, I don't particularly
like him and am really sort of ambivalent to him. The same goes for
the only girl in the story, Teresa, who was just a little too perfect.
The only character I really did like was a boy named Minho, who had a
bit of spunk to him and was a runner. There were a couple of "bad guys"
I suppose and the author made it easy to dislike them, so that was
saying something at least.
The plot was ok. I liked the maze
concept and why they were in there and I thought the ending had a nice
twist. But the pacing was a little rushed and everything seemed to
happy a little too easy for the main protagonist. I realize that it was
somewhat supposed to be, but it lessened the sense of excitement and
struggle that you wanted to perceive in this book. Being dystopian, it
just should have been harder to do what they were doing. I did like the
beginning though, as Thomas is dropped into this world it has a whole
different lexicon that he has trouble understanding at first. And it's
the same for the reader, but as he starts to understand, we begin to
understand the different slang terms being used, and that made the book
kind of realistic.
It's not a bad book, just not up to par with
some of the other dystopian series out there. I will of course read the
rest of the trilogy though and hope that it improves with each book.
The Maze Runner