The Maze Runner is a very exciting book written by James Dashner. It is about a bunch of kids stranded in a strange place called the ‘Glade.’Around the glade, there are massive walls that within them is a maze. The kids need to find an escape within the maze but there are harmful creatures within it as well. The book is very action-packed as a lot of the pages had me on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next. I really enjoyed this book as for the most part I was always intrigued and willing to continue reading. Furthermore, the characters are all really interesting and some of them even provide much needed comic relief. This book is perfect for young adults as the story is easy to understand and the plot is very exhilarating. However, the beginning is a little dry. All in all, The Maze Runner is a fantastic read and if you decide to pick it up, you will not want to put it down! I rate the book a 4.5/5 @JamesDashnerd of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The Maze Runner is set in a maze as you might guess but getting lost isn’t the biggest problem, it’s the monsters that lurk around at night and threaten everyone’s lives. Despite the danger that surrounds them I found I loved how daring the main character, Thomas, is. He actually risks his life very early on in the book just to help out a friend. I like wholesome characters like this who always do the right thing even in the face of danger. You’ll certainly enjoy this novel if you love page turners and lots of dramatic actions scenes. I recommend it especially to young readers as I read these in late elementary school and couldn’t get enough! 3/5 stars
@Celine of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

The novel has the similar sci-fi theme as The Hunger Games. A main character who is trying to change the world and a trilogy of young-adult dystopian novels. The first novel is violent, but has few violent parts, I would say about four. The main character is called Thomas who proves to be brave and that he is loyal and clever. Thomas shows this through his antics of getting through the maze and trying to get out as soon as he can. Thomas shows that he is a true leader and will work to prove that he is. The other characters Newt, Teressa, Minho, Gally, and Chuck are a very interesting group of characters that all have different goals and points to the story. Gally, who is jealous of Thomas and doesn't trust him, becomes the very one to betray. The author worked more plot than characters. I would give this novel 6 out of 10 stars. I didn't really get to care about the characters. I cared more about the story.
@Nando90 of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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