The Maze Runner by James Dashner (The Maze Runner; 1)

The Synopsis:

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.

I read this book for my own personal pleasure and was not required to write a review. Therefore, all comments and opinions are entirely my own.


The Maze Runner is a book that has gained a lot of popularity in the last few years, and there are good reasons for it. It grabs the reader’s attention from page 1 and refuses to let go as they continue through the series.

The way James wrote this book is in 3rd person but focuses solely on Thomas so we are not jumping around from character to character. The story is greatly thought out and each and every one of the characters are greatly developed. Even though this book leans more towards the tense and suspenseful side, there are few characters that keep the book light.

There was absolutely no cussing and no kissing or any other sexual content. But, there was some crass talking that some might find irritating and the Gladers have their own vocabulary that they use to “cuss” (for example, “shuck-it” is repeated several times), and they call each other many things such as “shuck-face”, “shank”, “klunk-head” etc. The words in our vocabulary that are used by the Gladers, are “sucks”, “crap” and a few others along these lines, but again no cuss words.

The violence in The Maze Runner was mild throughout the book, but sky-rocketed towards the end. Though the violence was not overly detailed, it was enough to give you some visuals that could be somewhat disturbing depending on how well the reader pictures what he/she is reading.

So overall I give The Maze Runner 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to teens 14+.

Catch the rest of the series: The Scorch Trials (#2) & The Death Cure (#3)

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  1. I’ve really been wanting to read this but wasn’t sure if I should (I knew about the language they us which is similar to curse words today…) I might give it a shot

    • The book is definitely more mild than the movie regarding language, but the book has considerably more action than the movie. And unfortunately I wasn’t too pleased with the rest of the series, those reviews will be coming soon 🙂 But, The Maze Runner by itself is an outstanding novel and I enjoyed every minute of reading it.

    • You’re very welcome Sofia! Though I wasn’t too happy with book 2 and certainly wasn’t pleased with book 3, and the movie sequel (The Scorch Trials) wasn’t any good either. I recommend The Maze Runner as a stand-alone (for both the movie and the book), but it’s hard to just stop after the first book because so many things were unresolved, but believe me when I say that the ending of the series isn’t worth the 2 following books, which is very unfortunate. It had so much potential 🙁
      Thanks for stopping by and for your comment 🙂

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