The book, The Maze Runner, by James Dashner is an exciting action-based novel set in a dystopian future. After waking up in what seems to be an elevator taking him to an unknown location with absolutely no recollection of who he is, the novel’s main character, Thomas, finds himself in the strange world of the “Glade”. Surrounded by a multitude of other teenage boys who all arrived under similar circumstances and work in the Glade serving different jobs, Thomas tries to find his place amongst his new peers. When an unconscious girl arrives in the elevator the next day, confusion ensues and Thomas is made an outcast. While attempting to find his footing in his strange new surroundings, Thomas must learn to assimilate while simultaneously figuring out the truth behind how all of the so called “Gladers” ended up in this strange situation.
This book initially caught my attention when I read that it was a YA novel about a dystopia. While this is a common mantra today for young adult books, the idea of the main group of characters being initially isolated from civilization, was a very interesting twist on a more commonplace theme. After I began reading the book, I found that Dashner had an interesting writing style in which he truly captured the motivations and aspirations of the characters when writing from their points of view. This along with the bone-chilling cliffhanger that the story closed on made for a compelling read. I would recommend this book to people who enjoyed similar novels about dystopias, such as the Hunger Games series, since I found that the book The Maze Runner was rather reminiscent of the series.