Book Review #3: The Maze Runner, by James Dashner


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The Maze Runner, by James Dashner

 
Thomas becomes trapped in a manufactured world where children are pawns, existence is lived day to day, and only the strongest survive. Though his only certain recollection is that of his first name, he acclimatizes rather quickly to the surroundings unwillingly thrust upon him. But Thomas’s arrival begins changing things, forcing the Gladers to adjust the way they had dealt with the maze thus far. Exploiting upon his intelligence, the connection he feels towards the only girl in the Glade, and the raw churning of instincts and sensations that appears to lure him towards his purpose, Thomas struggles to unravel a solution that may not have ever existed in the first place.

I picked up The Maze Runner for only two reasons. One, I am DEFINATELY going to see the movie since Dylan O’Brien is playing the lead. (I developed a major personality-crush on Stiles, a character Dylan played in the hit television series “Teen Wolf,” and can’t wait to see how well Dylan does with Thomas’ role.) Two, my friend happened to own a copy.

Reading this novel was the best book-related decision I’ve made so far this year. It was very refreshing to read a story with a leading male character. The majority of the books I read –and I mean around 9 out of 10– contain female protagonists. Because the novel’s written in third-person limited, we are only given a sneak-peak into the workings of the male mind, but that small glimpse really piqued my interest.

I also loved that this book did not centralize around a couple’s budding relationship. In fact, there isn’t very much, if any, romance at all. (Sorry ladies. Though I’ll give you a hint that there may possibly be a little more romance in the next novel. This is only a prediction of course. 🙂 ) I’m very glad Dashner decided to take this route and keep the lovey-dovey stuff on the down low, because I believe it would have seriously taken away from the storyline –though when I think about it, he didn’t really have much of a choice seeing as the book consists of basically all males, excluding Teresa of course.

Dashner did a phenomenal job with the fantasy portal he created. He covered all his bases and ended up building a descriptive and intriguing world that I became apart of. I felt Thomas’ perplexity at the strange language the Gladers spoke and the familiarity with Teresa’s presence. I cringed and curled into myself every time he faced off with the viscid, oily Grievers. I felt his courage, his dejection, his humanity. From cover to cover, I was with Thomas both physically and emotionally.

I can’t wait for the movie to come out!

My rating: ★★★★★
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