Throwback Review: Maze Runner Series by James Dashner


I previously had a different book blog, and I had a bunch of problems with the hosting company I used for the blog, and all of my content was deleted.  I managed to salvage some of my reviews from back then by compiling what  I wrote on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes and Nobles review sections.  See some that I have already posted here.


Goodreads Summary:

If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.

My Thoughts:

Okay, so I didn’t really like this book. I liked the idea of the book, and I think the movie will be awesome. I just didn’t like the language or something about the writing in the book. Thomas wakes up to find himself in the center of an inescapable maze. He decides he wants to be a runner in the maze to hopefully find a way out. He ends up being the only one to ever spend the night in the maze (while he was trying to save another boy) and surviving. Everything changes when the next arrival is a girl. The story itself is really good, and interesting, and I did keep reading, because I was intrigued. It was just the writing style or something, I am not quite sure. I did get this as a box set, so I did keep reading the entire trilogy, and as a whole I really liked the story.


Goodreads Summary:

Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end.

Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.

There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.

The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.

There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive.

My Thoughts:

This book was way better than the first in my opinion. IDK if that is because I got used to the writing style, or what, but I liked this book much better. Thomas and his fellow Gladers are out of the maze, but that was not the last of their troubles. WICKED isn’t going to give them their freedom that easily. If you can call that easily. They have to cross through the Scorch, a desert type place to get to a city within 2 weeks to survive. On top of the ridiculous heat, and weather, WICKED throws all kinds of “variables” at them.
This book was my deciding factor on whether or not I was going to read book 3, even though I own it. This book was good enough for me to keep reading.


Goodreads Summary:

It’s the end of the line.

WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends—the Gladers. But it’s finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test.

Will anyone survive?

What WICKED doesn’t know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it’s enough to prove that he can’t believe a word of what they say.

The truth will be terrifying.

Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He’ll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all.

The time for lies is over.

My Thoughts:

The last book in the trilogy made the series better for me. I read all the books back to back as one story, and I really liked this one. They survived the scorch, and now the Gladers get their memories restored, and are supposed to come up with the cure for the flare. Thomas knows not to trust WICKED. The series was really good.




  1. I do have a copy of The Maze Runner somewhere, but I remember reading the first few pages and not really getting into it. I definitely think it was the writing style, because the concept sounds really cool. Maybe I’ll have to try and persevere with it sometime, especially if the series gets better as it goes along.


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