Oh. My. God.
Hi guys! So, over the summer I heard my mom talking about Maze Runner and I was like, “Can I read it?” Mom frowned. “I don’t know, Ali, it’s got some pretty violent stuff in it…” “Please? Please?” I pleaded. “I can handle violence! You got violence? GIVE ME VIOLENCE!!!” Mom seemed a little confused, as if she didn’t know what to make of this. “Well…I suppose you can read it when you’re in 4th grade,” she said. Well, fine readers, I am now in fourth grade and on the second book in the Maze Runner series. Let’s take a look at Book 1.
The main character is a boy named Thomas, maybe 15 or 16 years old. He wakes up in this box with no idea where he’s from, how old he is, or who his parents are. He knows his name, and he knows how the world works and how to talk and read and things like that, but he has absolutely no clue about his own personal life before that moment. He comes out of the Box a bit later to find a bunch of boys his age. They’re in a place called the Glade, surrounded by a giant, always-changing Maze. Supplies come up once a week in the Box, and new kids come up once a month. Some kids–like the leader, Alby–have been in the Glade for two years. Others–like Chuck–are relatively new to the Glade and the Maze. Some kids are Runners–they run around the Maze every day and try to find an escape. Inside the maze are monsters called Grievers, and the Gladers are terrified of them.
Newbies arrive once a month–same day of the month, same time of day. But the rules don’t apply to Teresa, a girl who shows up, in a coma, the day after Thomas does. Not only is she unconscious, but she has a creepy note for the Gladers, saying that she’s the last Newbie to arrive. On top of that, she is the first and only girl in the Glade.
Chaos ensues after Thomas and Teresa arrive. What kind of chaos? Find out in Maze Runner!
The second book in the series is called The Scorch Trials and the third is called The Death Cure. The fourth, which is a prequel, is called The Kill Order, and the fifth, which is a prequel to the Kill Order, is called The Fever Code. I haven’t read the Fever Code yet, but it sounds particularly interesting because it’s the story of how the Maze was built.
On a scale from one to ten, Maze Runner scores a perfect 10. It’s my favorite book of all time ever. I highly recommend Maze Runner.
The author of Maze Runner is James Dashner. He’s also the author of the Mortality Doctrine series.