The Maze Runner by James Dashner (*12 years and over)


Title: The Maze Runner.

Author: James Dashner.

Year of Publication: 2011 (UK).

Publisher: Chicken House (UK).


Format: Available in paperback, an ebook, and an audiobook.

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £7.99 (UK).

Age Range: I suggest from about 12 up, if you’re younger than this I suggest asking your parents first.

This book is the first book in a series called The Maze Runner.


I’m guessing a lot of you have already heard of this series even if you haven’t read it yet, and I’m reviewing it because a very nice Ravenclaw witch called Demelza (WitchStone25699) has asked me to. If you see her, add her as a friend and have a good chat.

So, this book starts with a teenage boy called Thomas, waking up alone inside a dark lift being carried up to what he soon comes to think of as a prison. He has no memory of his life before waking up inside the lift, apart from his first name, but as he learns more about where he finds himself, he has a growing sense that he’s been here before.

His new home is called The Glade, a fortified dwelling in the middle of a maze, full of only boys. So when a girl turns up with a cryptic message, Thomas’s sense that he must find a way out of the maze and lead the others to safety grows.

After a big battle to escape the maze, Thomas leads his friends out of the maze and discovers why he feels he’s been to The Maze before, and why he feels that the mysterious girl who arrived in The Glade also feels so familiar. But their escape comes at a heavy price, and their escape is far from what it seems.

I think that if you’re a fan of The Hunger Games you’ll love this series.

The next book in the series is called The Scorch Trials.


“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”J.R.R Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring.



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