Author: James Dashner
Genre: YA sci-fi/dystopian
Length: 374 pages
Published by: Scholastic Australia
Source: received for review
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.
Remember. Survive. Run.
I loved some parts of this book. But then I really didn’t like some others.
The thing that kept me reading this book was the mystery of the Maze – why was it there? Why were they being tested? That kept me flipping pages, and there are a great number of twisty bits that kept me interested. In saying that, though, I was disappointed on a lot of accounts.
1) The characters.
I didn’t care much about the characters – Thomas seemed really flat to me, as did some of the others. The only character I really liked was Chuck – he was adorable.
2) The writing.
The writing was quite dense and I skimmed quite a lot of it – there’s a lot of over-describing (I thought) and just nothing special.
3) The ending.
I’ll be honest. It didn’t blow my mind. Plus, some of that awesome set-up was basically just wasted. This kind of premise – a Maze, all these boys who are here for some strange reason – deserves a better explanation. Or that was what I felt anyway. So I was disappointed by the ending.
THAT SAID, it was an enjoyable read.
It was an addictive read. I couldn’t stop – I needed answers! And because of that, I’ll probably read the other two books in the series, even if they aren’t as good as the first. The concept of the Maze is really clever and I was intrigued throughout.
Ultimately, I thought the movie was better (I LOVED the movie. You can see my review here).