After a week or so of intense reading, I have finally finished reading the 1st book of the brilliant and amazing Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner. And due to my fangirling overreactions, at this point, I still can’t even.
The novel initiates in a lift that’s going up, a very much petrified and shaky 17 year old boy within it. Thomas, with his wiped memory that only allows him to remember his name, comes out of the lift to be introduced to a group of kids that seem around his age, who live in an abandoned place called the Glade, surrounded by an unsolvable Maze.
They call themselves Gladers.
First of all, the universe that sets around in this place is so creepy and out of the ordinary, which is what is needed to make a good sci-fi/action novel.
Secondly, it’s so thrilling and has a unique twist of mystery in it. The narrator follows around Thomas as he tells the story and only reveals what Thomas knows, which for the most part is nothing. Thomas is in complete oblivion, he does not remember his past, nor who sent him to the Glade, nor does he know the way out of it. But, the pacing of the story does not get boring at all. In the Glade, there is not a day that goes without something crazy happening, and for that I want to personally shake hands with Mr James Dashner and thank him for his excellent job.
Third thing I want to talk about is the characters: I loved every single one of them. A whole range of different kids and teenagers were next to the Box when Thomas came out. Minho, Alby, Newt, Gally, Frypan, Chuck and many others. Some of them, while the story progressed, took Thomas’s side, but others didn’t, which was a thing that I thought was very clever of Mr James Dashner to decide. If they were all on his side, it would get boring and bleh, if they were all against him, he would be in serious trouble and it wouldn’t have ended well. The balance between the two was just right.
Forth and last thing worth mentioning is the slang used in the dialogue: I absolutely loved it. Mr James Dashner has created this whole new lingo used by the characters for cussing and swearing and naming things, which I thought was also very clever and thought-through carefully. The situation these characters were put in is very nerve wracking and so ridiculously scary, and if they cussed and swore using the normal swear words we all know, it wouldn’t be a big deal, but to have their own invented and creative swear words and names was something that added a unique and realistic feel to the story, seeing that they all have their memories wiped. Names like Homestead, Grievers, Keepers, Greenie, Serum, Changing, Runners and many others were completely made up by the Gladers and used around by them in the two years they spent in the Glade, hopelessly looking for an exit, something they didn’t know whether existed or not.
Woah, that was a long rant.
I absolutely love this book with a tremendous passion I can’t describe and I can’t wait to read the second and third books and also the prequel. So freaking excited.
Also, I have seen the trailer and Oh my dear God, I can’t wait. The casting is just perfect. Dylan O’brien and Kaya Scodelario, I watched and was like, ERMAHGERD!
I give this book: ★★★★★
Of course, I recommend this book to literally everyone. If you like things like The Hunger Games and Divergent then definitely give The Maze Runner a try, trust me, it is better than it sounds.