Flash Review: The Mazerunner | James Dashner



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.

My Review

In my honest opinion, I believe this is one of the rare occasions when I believe the movie is better than the book. Why you might ask? Well…

In the book, out of the entire group of boys, only three are likable: Chuck, Newt, and Minho. Not even the MC, Thomas, is relatable enough as a character. Then, a girl comes along and her relationship with Thomas seems tacked on and much too vague. The plot hinges on unanswered questions and unnecessary mysteries while the Creators’ hand in the boys’ misery is left in the backseat, nearly unimportant in the grand scheme of things, even though they are the ones who have concocted the scheme. Details are vague, questions are many.

Despite these flaws the plot is simple enough that anyone can appreciate the suspense of it all, and the action sequences in both book and movie are vivid enough to entertain just about anyone who carries a love for fast-paced thrillers.

Book Details

  • Series: The Maze Runner Series (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 375 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press; Published October 6th 2009
  • Genre: YA Dystopian, Suspense Thriller, Mystery
  • My Rating: ★★★☆☆


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