"The Maze Runner"

Zoe N. | May 31, 2013 | Review

"The Maze Runner"

Maze Runner

by James Dashner

Genre: YA Dystopian
Published: October 6th 2009
by Random House

two-half-stars

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Summary:

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.

Review:

If I had to say anything about The Maze Runner, it would be that there’s a difference between creating suspense and just being plain annoying.

Sadly, I think The Maze Runner does the former.

Basically, our story follows Thomas – who wakes up with no memories in a mysterious maze. There he finds a group of boys who have spent years surviving, trying to find a way out of the maze.

Thomas served no point to the story except to conveniently “remember” some important information – always precisely when the plot has even the slightest hint of becoming boring. Besides that, he’s pretty much got no real purpose. Because his memories are completely missing, we don’t have any backstory about him. This incompetence of his character makes it hard to connect – or even care for him.

Another thing that bothered me was the lack of backstory. Obviously, none of the boys in the maze have memories or knowledge of why they’re in the maze, and that’s frustrating. We never learn how the maze was built, why it was built, and why these boys in particular are even in the maze. I simply wanted more information on the history of the maze, and not receiving that information was frustrating.

The Maze Runner had a great amount of potential, but it was never really used. There were simply so many things that needed critiquing or fixing, and I was left filled with indifference.

two-half-stars

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