The Maze Runner by James Dashner.
I was first introduced to this book by a friend of mine, and once I started reading, I was hooked. Completely and utterly. Not even funny. So yeah. This review might be a bit biased. Just a bit. But I’ll try and give some valid facts about this book too. 😉
First off, this is a fictional story, set in a fictional world, with tons of cool, fictional characters. If your a fan of Sci Fi like me, you’ll love it. It has an apocalyptic theme and closely resembles Lord of the Flies by William Golding.
If you’ve ever read Lord of the Flies, you know that it runs along (from my perspective) a theme that says if the world was without rules and regulations and order, everything would fall into ruin and chaos. Those who wish to live in peace with one another will quickly be corrupted and engulfed in the wave of crime and savagery that will overpower all.
Dire and depressing. Interesting ideas, but a little too depressing for me. The Maze Runner follows along that theme slightly. However, in my opinion, it is not a huge role in the developing story. So that’s the theme.
For me, the characters are IT. If I can’t sympathize with the characters, if I can’t feel and see them, then the book is not worth it, even if it has a fast plot and exciting moments. Point blank, James Dashner has completely NAILED the technique of bonding readers with the characters. He introduces his characters with humor, feeling, and mystery. When something goes wrong, you seethe and stomp around your room. If everything works out, you smile your face off and think that the world is a beautiful place.
But Mr. Dashner doesn’t stop there. He brings you along with the characters through an action-packed, carefully thought out, and mysterious adventure. It’s filled with people you hate, people you love, and people you laugh at. Oh, I might mention that it’s also filled with delightfully scary monster-guards and brain-sweeping which is a MUST HAVE.
Here’s the deal. The Maze Runner is a fictional story, with a hidden theme, characters you can laugh and cry with, and a fast-paced adventure that will leave you breathless. Literally.
Also, one more thing. Plot twists. James Dashner has filled his book with things you never saw coming. So don’t get comfortable or try to think you know how it ends. You don’t.
In answer to the title of this blog, yes! The Maze is worthy to be run. But beware! Once you start this book, you will never put it down! You’re stuck on this ride till the end.
Prepare yourself to run the maze.