Release Date: January 1st 2009
Series: The Maze Runner #1
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Links: Goodreads | Author's Website | Buy the book
As you might have seen via my twitter account I'm a massive fan of Teen Wolf, it has basically taken over my mind! But I'm particularly obsessed with one of the stars in the show, Dylan O'Brien. Like have you seen him? Anyway, last episode of Teen Wolf the trailer for his new movie The Maze Runner aired and it was awesome! It's a book adaptation that to be honest, whilst I had heard about the book and it's upcoming film, I never paid much attention to the book. The trailer looked so good and it propelled me to bump it up on the TBR list, translation; search for it at my local library like a frantic person the next day. Having been in a horrible reading slump I did not think I'd get much reading done. But here I am writing a 5 star review for a new favourite book of mine, The Maze Runner by James Dashner!
The Maze Runner is a dystopian that tells the story of Thomas, a teenage boy who finds himself in a metal box entering a place called The Glade, with no recollection of of how he got there or where he's come from. The Glade is surrounded by four big walls that open and close every night, which open to a Maze. No one has ever survived a night inside the maze and only the Runners can search for a way out during the day when no grievers (creatures) can be found. But Thomas is different from the rest of his fellow Gladers, something about the place feels familiar and as soon as Thomas arrives, things start to change. I apologize for the suckiness of that brief description, it's really difficult to explain but much easier to understand when you're reading it.
The storyline for The Maze Runner was one of my favourite of things about the book. It's such a interesting and clever storyline. I found myself fully engrossed in the happenings of The Glade and just as curious as Thomas. It was really easy to get into and I could really experience every emotion Tom was going through. Never did I know more or less than Tom and I was always kept wondering, always asking my own questions as well. It is definitely one of the best Dystopia's I have read, it made me question whether this could be our future or not. It was sorta freaky, now whenever I read dystopian's I can't help but draw similarities between the our world and theirs.
Thomas was a really likeable and admirable protagonist. Usually I can't get into male perspectives but surprisingly it didn't bug me in the slightest, it was a fun change. Thomas was brave and smart and I really admire those qualities in a character. He was a real character because he let himself feel emotions and it was easy to relate to his feelings. Probably one of my favourite male protagonists. Not only does Dylan O'Brien fit the description of Thomas but having seen his great acting abilities, I am certain he will perfectly portray Thomas's characteristics. The secondary characters like Newt, Minho and Chuck were likable and having already seen the cast, I constantly pictured them as their assigned actors. But it worked! The un-official relationship between Thomas and the only female character, Teresa, wasn't one I was passionately shipping. I would have loved more development but it was cute!
The whole time I was reading The Maze Runner I was so thoroughly entertained. I haven't invested in a book for ages due to this slump so to do so, was sorta like eating chocolate at the end of a tough day. You feel me? One thing I really loved about The Maze Runner was all of the slang I got from it. I have so many insults to throw at my sisters and they'll never know. I love that I get to talk like the Gladers too.Everything was so clearly worked out and there were so many awesome plot twists. I was constantly going 'whoa'. The ending paved way for a big change in plot and I didn't see it coming. It was crazy and it was emotional. I was happy with it aside from the slight confusion I experienced. But fortunately I was also able to borrow book two which I'm reading at the moment. I am over the moon excited for the movie and it's become one of my most anticipated movie adaptions, I can see it being really successful. The Maze Runner is one of my new favourite books, I'll be recommending this one for a long time until you all read it.