The Maze Runner

by James Dashner

The Maze Runner is a great book about a boy who finds himself going up in a box. His memory was erased and he only knew his name. The box stops and the doors open. He sees kids all around the box staring at him. He gets out and is very confused. Everyone talks about him, but they use weird words in the middle of the sentences such as “greenie.” All he remembers is that his name is Thomas. He doesn’t know how old he is or what his parents’ names are. When he steps out of the box and into the glade, which is a huge oasis surrounded in walls in this book, he sees about fifty boys. Alby, the boss of the place, explains that there is a maze on the other sides of the walls. Alby mentions the number one rule which is to never go into the maze if you are not a runner. He says that there are grievers on the other side of the walls and in the maze. He explains how the walls close every night. Thomas is very confused with all of the weird language. Will Thomas make it out of the maze alive? How will he survive? What will happen to him?

Chuck, his best friend, tells him that a new boy comes every month. But the story changes when a girl comes the next day. She brings a message saying “She’s the last one.” That means that kids won’t be coming up in the box anymore. She is unconscious and is taken up to a place where there are boys that try to bring her back to normal. Thomas thinks that she is familiar.

James Dashner really does a great job of putting good sentences in and describes Thomas well. I could get a very good picture in my head in the entire book. He never has a confusing sentence or a sentence that doesn’t go well in the book. He really does a great job of describing Thomas’s emotions and how he felt. He also really does a great job of describing what life in the glade is like. It was the best book that I have read over the summer. I really think you should read it.

Reviewed by Colston


Note from Ms. Lindsey – I enjoyed this book and I know several fifth graders are reading it, but I don’t recommend this book for younger readers (i.e. fourth grade and younger)  because there are some very violent scenes which could be disturbing.

2 responses »

  1. Colindude says:

    This looks like a good book. Nice review Colston.

  2. colston says:

    Thanks Colindude. It is a really good book. Probably the best book I’ve read during the summer.

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