The Maze Runner



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.

(Summary and book cover courtesy of


Initially, I couldn’t get into this book, but I was sucked in by the intriguing plotline.  There’s something about it that makes you have to know “WHY”.  My complaints on the writing however, are what tipped this book from four stars to three.  Overall I felt the pace of the book lurched.  Moving forward depended on characters ‘suddenly’ remembering things, which felt forced to me.  The characters seemed to lack some personality and the combination with slang became distracting rather than adding to the book.

I am very excited to see the movie interpretation.  I believe there is great potential when able to fast-forward through some of the slightly boring sections.

Warning: Repeated Violence

Rating: 3 stars!

Who should read it? Science fiction or dystopian fans.

What to read the whole series?

  • The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2) 
  • The Death Cure (Maze Runner, #3)