The Maze Runner by James Dashner (Jasper's Review)

Rating: 2 out of 5

Book Info
Published: October 6th, 2009
Number of Pages: 374
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi, Dystopian,
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.

The Review

This book is one of the many dystopian books out there fail to hit its mark. The writing itself was bad, but paired with the plot that could have been easily condensed, you get one of the worse mainstream dystopian books out there. I know, I know, there's a huge following for the the romance between Thomas  and "the girl" but really, it's boring, as hell. 

The characters in this book are very flat. As in, real people have personality, they change over time. In the book, everyone has 1 face, the characters are just so unrealistic.

Take Thomas for example. The things that he does are indeed exceptional, but what he says while doing them is cringe worthy. He is basically just get naïve throughout the course of the whole book. Mr. Dashner, at least make sure your main character is good.

The plot is so predictable, everything except that whole telepathy thing is expected. Except, after learning about the telepathy, you basically predict the course of the whole series. Terrible. I mean, hasn't James Dashner know that rule one if writing a book is to drop the huge surprise at the end, I would have preferred that, at least I would want to read the next book...

I am a fan of dystopian as a genre, but I find that with every book in a series, it gets worse and worse. For example The Giver series. The Giver was amazing, gathering blue was OK, then Messenger was just so bad, Son was terrible. The same goes with The Hunger Games trilogy and the Divergent series. All of you dystopian authors out there need to up your game!

All in all, this book wasn't terrible, but it left a lot to be desired. The characters were unrealistic, the plot was predictable, but the romance part of this book isn't the worst. Its worth reading once, but not worth wasting 10 dollars on. Save that money and put it towards buying The Rosie Project or Blood of Olympus.


  1. I have read so many good reviews of this book that I added it to my TBR pile. I'm kind of rethinking that now. The dystopian genre has mostly failed to impress me, although the debut novel by Sara Raasch- Snow Like Ashes was pretty damn amazing! Thank you for your review Jasper.. you probably just saved me $10 and 4 hours of my life that I would never get back (:
    Morrighan @ Elysian Fields - New GFC Follower (:
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    1. Thanks for the follow Morrighan! Snow Like Ashes is a pretty good book. It's probably that and Red Rising that are the best dystopians out there today. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Oh yikes! Sorry you didn't like this one. I've heard really mixed things about it. It totally does sound boring... Ewww flat characters? I'll pass. Great review!


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