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Book Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner by James Dasher

When Thomas wakes up, he is alone in an elevator. He knows his name but he can't remember anything else about who he is or why he is here. When the door opens, he finds himself in a place called The Glade that is surrounded by a massive maze. The only other people here are about 60 other boys who have created a community of their own. They explain that every 30 days, another boy arrives. But the day after Thomas arrives, a girl arrives with a note that changes everything.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner is an action-packed dystopian young adult novel that kept the suspense going to the end. The world the boys built, with a council and different jobs for everyone was interesting. I also liked the premise that all of the boys' memories were wiped, so they didn't know where they came from or what was really happening. And the maze itself helped set this book apart from many other dystopian novels.

It was a fun survival story with plenty of suspense and excitement. However, I did not like the ending (no spoilers, don't worry) and don't think I'll read any of the sequels. I thought it worked well as a standalone novel without the last chapter or two. I do plan to see the movie though!

My Rating: 4/5

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This review was based on a copy of The Maze Runner that I purchased.


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  1. Thanks for posting this. I had seen this in the book store and was wondering if it was worth purchase.

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    1. It's good. And it's only $1.99 on Kindle right now!

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