The Maze Runner is the newest book that seems to have become trendy (think Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games and so on), I eventually felt the need to read it to see what all the fuss is about. Unlike some books that have received a lot of hype but ended up (in my opinion) being awful (such as Twilight) The Maze Runner did not disappoint.
The book follows a character named Thomas, a teenage boy who has had his memory wiped and been placed in an elevator that takes him to a place called the Glade. Like Thomas all of the boys remember nothing from before they arrived at the Glade and have over time created a fairly successful society. Along with the Glade there is a huge maze that changes every night. I really can’t go more in depth or I will spoil at least some of the book (sorry).
The Maze Runner is definitely worth reading, and despite a somewhat slow start will keep you guessing until the last page. I doubt the book will become the next classic we will study hundreds of years from now, but it is well written and the author (James Dashner) successfully creates vivid images with words without spending a million pages on descriptions (unlike in Great Expectations). So when you have some free time and are looking for a good read check out The Maze Runner at your local library!
Review by Samantha, teen volunteer