The Maze Runner is the first in an apocalyptic trilogy of books by Dashner. When Thomas wakes up in a moving box, he’s without his memories and is surrounded by a large group of boys who can’t remember their pasts either. Each boy only has memories from his arrival in “The Glade.” Thomas quickly learns that the boys all have jobs in order to ensure their livelihood (farming, raising/slaughtering animals, cooking, cleaning, etc.). Supplies arrive weekly in the box, but the boys have no contact with anyone outside the Glade. Thomas is intrigued by the maze outside the glade doors and the boys whose job it is to run the maze and map it as it changes each day. The boys believe the maze holds the key to their escape from the Glade, but it is also filled with Grievers – dangerous creatures who can attack, injure or kill the runners. Thomas begins to have flashes of memories, especially after a girl (Teresa) arrives in the box.
The story leads up to an exciting cliffhanger as the boys and Teresa race against time and the “creators” to escape the glade and the maze. Looking forward to completing the storyline in the next two books. This book reminded me of The Hunger Games, but it is not nearly as good as that novel.
Review Submitted by: Sandi Hauenstein