#Review: The Maze Runner

23206588The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner #1) by James Dashner

Published: August 5th 2014
: Delacorte Press
Paperback: 374 pages
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi, Dystopia
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Next: The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2)
Source: Bought from Raru
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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.
” – Goodreads

My Thoughts:

Thomas wakes up in a dark lift racing to the surface. He doesn’t know where he is or even who he is. All he knows is that he is in a glade, surrounded by high walls with a whole bunch of other boys. Slowly the world becomes a little clearer but at the same time more confusing. They are in the middle of a huge maze that only opens during the day and if you get stuck inside at night you are killed by ‘monsters’. Once a month a new boy arrives along with some supplies, but the day after Thomas gets there things change: a girl gets sent up along with a note that she is the last person that will be sent up… ever. Now it becomes a race against time and only the brave will survive!


Now this sounds exciting doesn’t it? And it was. However, there are some things that really bothered me. The ‘slang’ was horrible. They could remember words and things from the old days, but had to make up words for shit? Like come on just say shit. Also the slammer? Like they are the first people to ever think of this word? I thought this was a YA book? Not middle grade? For example: “You are the shuckiest shuck faced shuck in the world!” So yea their slang really really got on my nerves!


Then there was the gladers refusing to answer questions. I mean just answer Thomas! What is with all the secrets? Not to mention a lot of other things that didn’t really make sense. Like the telepathy… I’ll just leave that there because that is about as much explanation as the book gives.


In my opinion the movie was much much better. The action was great and it was very visually appealing. The screenwriters also fixed a lot of the issues I had with it. Overall I wouldn’t say it was a bad book, I just see a lot of room for growth. Therefore, I will read the second one to see where it goes. I just hope the slang is fixed.


This got a 6/10 from me.



  • Great review. I wasn’t a huge fan of this book, either.

    • Sugar & Snark

      Glad I’m not alone!

  • I actually ended up not liking the movie as much! However, I haven’t read the book since 2011. Maybe it’s time for me to reread. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    • Sugar & Snark

      I hope the re-read is as great as the first time you read it 🙂

  • Greg Hill

    I think the slang would irritate me too. I was going to just see the movie and skip the book, as I’ve heard the movie is better too, and your review kinda reinforces that. I am looking forward to seeing it, and the concept is interesting.

    • Sugar & Snark

      I think you will enjoy the movie! It is very entertaining 🙂

  • I hated the book. I didn’t make it past page 50. However I love the movies!!

    • Sugar & Snark

      I fully understand about the book!

  • I own this, but I haven’t gotten to it yet. And it’s quite surprising to see that you found the movie to be better than the book! It does happen every now and then, of course 🙂 I think I’ll still try to read it before watching the movie, though.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    • Sugar & Snark

      Let me know how it goes! 🙂

  • Courtney Dion

    Good luck with the next one. I read the whole series and felt like I wasted hours of my life. I movies are *definitely* better, and I rarely like movies more than the books. Totally agree with you on the slang issue… and the telepathy (and no, it never gets explained.)