Book Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Book Review: The Maze Runner by James DashnerThe Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1) by James Dashner
Published by Delacorte Press on October 6th 2009
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 384

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.

I had heard about this book a while ago, and since it’s now becoming a movie I figured I would read it and go then go watch the movie (I usually do this with all movies that are based on books). I must say that in the case of The Maze Runner, I do believe that the movie might actually be much better than the book, and I haven’t even seen the movie yet. I really did not like this book. It was drawn out, and such a chore to read. Nothing really happens until you are 150 pages deep, I am amazed I kept going that far, but I really hate giving up a book in the middle of it. I know there are lots of people who are big fans of this series, but I can guarantee you I will not be reading any other books in the series.

The main idea of the book is that these kids get sent to a place called “the Glade” where they live while trying to discover a way out through a maze filled with horrible creature called “grievers”. The grievers are slimy, squishy robotic type slugs with spikes that come out of their bodies and metal arms with sharp pincers, saw-like cutters etc. Every month they are delivered a box with supplies, food, and also one more “addition” to their family of “recruit”. To make matters worse, these kids have no memories. For two years (yes TWO years) they continuously search for a way out of this maze (with moving walls…ohh so exciting…NOT!) and they have yet to find a way out. Things start to change after the arrival of Thomas and Teresa.

The characters have no personality, and with the exception of little Chuck (one of the youngest kids in the Glade..probably like 12 or 13), I really didn’t care if they lived or died. I was unable to find any relate-ability to the main character Thomas, and probably only liked Chuck because he was a sweet kid that reminded me of my little brother. All the characters are male, except for the last “delivered” one, who is a girl named Teresa. Of course, the only way she is referred to throughout her time there is as being pretty or “hot” and not much else, besides bringing them a message from the “Creators” that “Everything is going to change”, how super original.

The book is filled with the most annoying made-up slang words like “shuckface” which just made it even more of a hassle to read. Overall what could have been an interesting concept, turned out to be boring, flat and simply put “meh”

This book has been recommended to other readers if they liked The Hunger Games, but this is a far cry from that. While reading The Hunger Games I laughed, and cried and cried some more. Here I just felt like my reading time had been a waste.

**This review was originally posted on Reading In The Tardis**