Book: The Maze Runner

Author: James Dashner

Rating: 5/5

The Maze Runner-James Dashner

The Maze Runner by James Dashner is a book which shows lots of courage and the desire of never giving up. Thomas is sent to a place called the Glade which is surrounded by a maze. Every month, a teenage boy will be sent in the Glade and become a Glader whose behaviour will be observed by the creators of the maze. Monsters called Grievers are spread around in the maze with illness and diseases. There is no way out, and it is surrounded by cliffs which never end. Then the Gladers locate a small, invisible square entrance where the Grievers live. They have their small glowing hope to escape from the maze. The journey shows that we can’t achieve our goals without searching for information and looking for chances.


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Social/Historical context:

The story shows that people are often placed in a competitive situation by more powerful people. The creators of the maze put the Gladers in to see who can survive based on their athletic ability, intelligence, and social skills. In these situations, people should work together as a team. The story highlights how important teamwork is, and also how friendship is very important to humanity.


Writing Style:

The story uses detailed words to describe parts of the setting, such as the strong and thick vines in the maze, the gigantic walls and how they sound and move at dawn, and the noises the Grievers make as they pass through. The story also foreshadows what is going to happen next to the main character, Thomas; for example, Thomas needs his memory back in order to find a way out of the maze. By getting his memory back, he would have to be bitten by the Grievers. This foreshadows that Thomas might get bitten by the Grievers on purpose, making the reader want to read more about the story and adventure.


My Thoughts:

The heart-beating book, The Maze Runner, shows a lot of life lessons in the story. It hints about a lot of the things that we would miss in everyday life, such as how important friends are, and also the confidence and encouragement that you need for a difficult task. Thomas, the main character, risks his life multiple times to find a way out of the maze, which shows how much he cares for his friends. This book tells us that tough things can happen in society, but if we work as a group, fill the heart with confidence, and care for each other, nothing is impossible.


Book Reviewed By Samuel Wu

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