The Maze Runner (Book 1)

By James Dashner

 

From the back cover

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.

In a gist…

This was a very intense book to read. It kept me engrossed from beginning to end! It contains detailed, graphic descriptions of violent scenes. The whole story is about some twisted individuals who chose to put teen lives at risk in some sort of a killing game to test human survival. Some subtle mention of attraction between Thomas and Teresa is present throughout the book. The whole story may be disturbing to some readers due to it’s psychotic concept.

Extramarital Love/Relationship

– The kids of the maze describe a girl as “hot”.
– Thomas and Teresa have some sort of obvious attraction/bond. It is mentioned throughout the book that they want to be together, Thomas feels that he does “not want to leaver her”, and at one point thinks of spending the night in a jail cell with her. The comments are subtle, not the focus of the book and does not go beyond descriptions of feelings.

Violence

The book is full of violence. Teens against teens, weird creatures against teens. And also, the whole maze was created by adults to watch teens suffering. Much killing, bloodshed, and some psychosis is portrayed throughout the book.

Profanity

None except for made up words that could resemble some profane words that we may know like shuck, slinthead, and shank.

Smoking/Intoxicants

None

Degradation of Family/Islamic Values

No family ties present in this book due to the fact that the kids are trapped away from their families. Thomas does wish to be with his parents at certain times although he doesn’t remember who they are.

A point of concern that I think is worth mentioning is the obvious hate towards The Creators of the maze. Their hate towards The Creators is justified, but the repetitive curses at The Creators was getting me uneasy… would a child reading this start hating our Creator if he/she is put through a test in this life that they can’t explain?

Final Verdict

This book depicts lots of violence and some mention of attraction between the sexes but does not contain any type of intoxicants, or any degradation of family values.

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