The Maze Runner by James Dashner (Maze Runner #1)

4 Stars

“If you ain’t scared… you ain’t human.”

It’s been such a long time since I read this so I’m just copying my old review from Goodreads, with little additions.

There are a lot of books that feature dystopian societies, anarchy, war and science gone wrong today but most are just pale reflections of old greats and have failed to bring anything new and exciting to the table, but Maze Runner definitely made a mark on me. It’s far darker, more raw, more brutal yet more human than most modern dystopian novels out there. Great concept, excellent world-building, nice storytelling. Overall a good execution that led to a very good story.


It was so easy for me to imagine The Glade based on the text, the descriptions were so clear, I could see everything happening on The Glade in my head. The main characters were very likable, and there was just enough amount of diversity in personalities to make the group interesting. The author was not afraid of killing off main characters and wasn’t scared of upsetting the readers which is always a plus. The story was carefully revealed bit by bit, and answers were exposed at the right moments. Nothing was rushed. Maze Runner is a page-turner that will keep you reading because it’ll keep you wanting to know what’s really going on. I was like, “Okay, I’ll stop reading after I learn what that is…” and then found myself saying the same thing several chapters later.

As a trilogy, I’d say this book was the best among the three, and I’m sure Maze Runner would make an amazing film if done right, so I’m really hoping a movie will be made.

P.S. I wrote this review several years ago, and I’m very happy to say that 20th Century Fox is turning it into one! The film will be released on February 14, 2014. For the first time, I have no violent reactions about a book being adapted into film. I don’t even care about the cast because I know the story is good and it’ll take great amount of effort to mess up such a great cinematic book. When Hunger Games was adapted, I wasn’t that excited, but for this one, I’m over the moon!

Read my other reviews for James Dashner’s Maze Runner series:
The Death Cure
The Scorch Trials

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