Book Talk: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

I’m going to keep this one short. The Maze Runner is just ok.

This book came highly recommended so I was somewhat surprised that it was not particularly well written. A bland protagonist (and supporting characters were equally one-dimensional) and weak dialogue had me struggling to get through the middle 50% of the book.

Book talk - Maze Runner - Rick Yancey

The concept is interesting-ish. It could have been Lord of the Flies meets Hunger Games. A bunch of boys stuck in a maze and they have no memories of who they were before they arrived, why they were placed there, or how to escape? That’s gold. Unfortunately, the flimsy writing sold it short.

I’d invest time in a better, more fleshed out dystopian YA novel (hint: The 5th Wave)…or see the movie, which, admittedly, looks pretty awesome.

Book: The Maze Runner
Author: James Dashner
Type: The definition of overhyped.

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3 thoughts on “Book Talk: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

    1. I know – I thought I was going to love it! It wasn’t the WORST book, by any means, but I didn’t love it as much as people said I would. If you want to try a new dystopian YA series, I’d definitely try The 5th Wave (Rick Yancey) or Enclave (Ann Aguirre) first. Those are super well written and impossible to put down.

      Or who knows? You might love The Maze Runner!

      1. Thanks for the suggestion. I’m keeping some distance for a while with YA’s because I was recently disappointed by a series. It’s the Uglies. I heard it was a good book but it really isn’t. The Uglies is quite ok but the second book, Pretties, just got worst. Tsk tsk.

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