Maze Runner by James Dashner


Maze Runner

Set in a world where disease has taken millions of lives, the Maze Runner tells the story of a young boy called Thomas and his journey of surviving the maze trials alive – which unbeknownst to him could be the catalyst to saving the last remnants of humanity.

Highlights

This book was amazing and incredibly intriguing. This world created by James explores a dystopian world which is not too far from a reality that could come to pass. The Sun which ensures humanities survival suddenly turning against us, causing a sickness to spread to which only a few are immune. Surely then it is OK to experiment upon those who are not susceptible to the disease, or is it? I mean a few mentally unbalanced children watching their friends die to save the human race doesn’t sound too bad. It all depends on perspective because, manipulating a few variables to find a cure is understandable but, to create a controlled environment were not even your memories are permissible is downright cruel.

Shortcomings

The character of Teresa was not as well developed as some of the other characters for example Minho or Chuck. Teresa was too plain and flat as a person and she more or less stayed on the side-lines of the story whilst, Thomas did the running around. For someone who helped create the maze she did not do as much as she could have to help the others in getting out.

Conclusion

The Maze Runner is one of the best science fiction books out there.  Exploring the concept ‘for the greater good’, this book truly tests you as to what type of person you are. I loved it! I can’t wait to read the second book.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Genre: Science Fiction/ YA

Similar Book: Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

So what did you think of the Maze Runner?

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