Today I am posting as part of the blog tour for the run-up to The Maze Runner’s movie release in 3 days (10th October 2014). I’m really excited for the Maze Runner movie as the lead actor, Dylan O’Brien, plays one of my favourite characters on Teen Wolf. I have a review of the book and a giveaway for a copy of edition of the Maze Runner signed by the author James Dashner.
Title: The Maze Runner
Author: James Dashner
Publisher: Chicken House Books
Publication Date: August 4th 2011.
Series/Standalone: 1st in a series.
Also by this author: The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, The Kill Order, Eye of Minds.
Goodreads Description: When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he’s not alone. He’s surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade – a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone maze. Like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they came to be there – or what’s happened to the world outside.
Review: I had seen the Maze Runner in book shops for years and was curious about the series, but for some reason didn’t pick it up, so when I was offered the chance to review it for this blog tour I had to say yes.
The Maze Runner has a fantastic premise, young boys with very little of their memory about lives before wake up, or are sent up a lift once a month, in the Glade. There is the maze with walls that change over night and terrifying monsters called Grievers. There are no adults and the boys have had to forge together their own society and rules. Thomas, the main protagonist, arrives in the Glade, however has an unexplained sense of deja vu. As he struggles to get to grips with his confusing new life, an unprecedented arrival changes everything. A barely conscious girl with a note saying she is the last new arrival.
The Maze Runner started a little slow for me, however due to its premise and potential I kept reading and soon was sucked into the world. The secondary characters, especially Newt felt well-developed and Gally was a formidable threat. My only issue was I felt Teresa, the lone female character, was critically underused. For most of the book she is in a coma, and there is a way she can communicate with Thomas, but I would have liked to her to be more present and active. I have heard this may be slightly different in the film adaption though. That said, by the final half, I was glad to see she was more utilised. Also the all-male society had an interesting Lord of the Flies dynamic to it.
The Maze Runner is filled with tension; Thomas’ rivalry with Gally, the maze itself and its creepy electronic monsters that cause something called the changing. Something that brings the person to remember more of their lives and the world before, but clearly is so bad no one ever can bring themselves to talk about it.
I really enjoyed the Maze Runner overall; it was tense, full of action and adventure and had a compelling premise. I would have liked more clarity on the mysteries, but this is a series and it does have to generally hold back on giving everything away too early on. I would definitely be interested in continuing the series and finding out more about the world and what will happen to the characters next.
I received a free copy from the publisher/publicist for reviewing purposes. My review is honest and its tone and content unaffected by the means in which I received the book. Many thanks to Laura for arranging the tour.
The Maze Runner out now in paperback (£7.99, Chicken House)
UK Only Giveaway:
Just leave a comment on this blog tour post, I’d love to know why you’d love to read the Maze Runner or want to see the film, and enter the rafflecopter to win a signed copy of the book.