Book Review: Maze Runner by James Dashner

July 12, 2013 Review 3 ★★★★

Book Review: Maze Runner by James DashnerThe Maze Runner by James Dashner
Series: The Maze Runner #1
Published by Delacorte Press on 2009 October 6
Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopia
Pages: 384
Format: Hardbound
Source: Purchased
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If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.


The first time that I’ve seen the Maze Runner Series was when I was out for a stroll in one of our local bookstores. I was contemplating whether I should buy Gregor the Overlander series or Artemis Fowl. Undecided, I browsed the Y/A section and the Maze Runner caught my attention. The pull was there so after reading some reviews in Goodreads, I went back and bought the trilogy. The rest was history.


Maze Runner tracks the story of Thomas, an amnesiac boy who was delivered into a maze through an elevator they called the Box. Without any memory of who he is or where he comes from, Thomas was as clueless as the rest of the boys inside the maze. He only knew that they are staying in the Glade, the safest portion of the maze and that every morning, the maze walls would open and appointed runners will be surveying the outer parts of the Glade with the hope of finding means to get out.

The strange thing is that the stone walls would close at night and no one is ever permitted to stroll the parts beyond the gates of the Glade. Another reason was that everyone seemed to expect that a boy together with a week’s supply of food is always delivered every day. However, Thomas was the last boy to arrive in the Glade for the next day after that, a girl was sent up to deliver a startling message. And she was the last one to arrive. Before Thomas realized it, he becomes an important Glader to unlock the mystery of the maze.


The very first thought that came into my mind after finishing this book was: SCARY. It was gripping and mind boggling. Every time I turn a Maze Runner page, there’s always something in the pit of my stomach trying to unseat me with suspense.

Maze Runner is a trigger of adrenaline rush especially when the Glade Runners are surveying the maze whilst risking their lives to outwit and outlast those menacing Grievers. These night time struggles through that vast maze always gives me a chill that I always find myself panting like I’ve also been running with Thomas, Minho and the rest of the runners.

I especially love how everyone was suffering from amnesia because it really adds to the tension of the whole story. Not to mention that I like the mystery surrounding Teresa’s person enhancing my urge to finish the book and find out what really had happened. Why there was a maze? Why everyone is suffering from amnesia? What’s the whole point of imprisoning a lot of teenage boys in a dangerous maze?

This book is an excellent portrayal of surviving the unknown.


After much deliberation with myself, I finally decided that my favorite characters for this book would be Minho, Thomas and Newt. They were well developed and really suited to unravel the mystery of the maze.

Minho is an overall leader. Meanwhile, Thomas fits the description of a second-in-command, curious and would always do everything in his power to prove his worth. His dexterity in solving the maze was outstanding. His compassion for his fellow Gladers is infectious that by the end, you are desperately hoping that everyone would survive so as not to crush him.

Dialogues and Interactions

Except for the use of too many fictionalized slang that renders you rereading the dialogue to comprehend the discussion, the dialogues and interactions of this book is alright. Anyway, once you set your mind with the slangs, everything should flow wonderfully into your brains.

Moral Lesson of the Story

Never give up- Maze Runner is a dystopian novel of survival even if the means are almost unavailable. With Thomas unwavering desire to get out from the maze, he finally solved it with his extraordinary skills and the help of his friends.

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