The Messenger Reviews

Obviously, this is a book review blog. I mostly read Young Adult books, but I try to branch out every once and a while as well!

The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner #1)

The Maze Runner - James Dashner

I often struggle with categorizing this book. Is it a dystopian? Sci-Fi? Both? I don't know. All I know is that I like it. This book might be a quick, short read, but it is certainly sweet. This book moved quickly, not leaving any time for even the most distracted reader to be bored or lose interest, and I really enjoyed the quick action and fast pace.
I think part of the reason I liked this book so much is that I read it at the right time. I was old enough to appreciate it, and not be freaked out by the daunting maze and violent deaths, but not so old that I was nitpicky or expecting too much. I think this book is geared towards a bit of a younger teen audience, and I fell right within the target range. Maybe if I had read this book for the first time now, when I'm older, I wouldn't appreciate it as much. But, luckily, I read it at the right age, and was able to fully appreciate it.
One of the best things about this book is it's plot line. It may not be the best, most igneous plot line ever, but it IS original. To date, I cannot say that I've read anything like it, and I really appreciated the change in pace, especially when so many books are so similar. It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time, and it kept me turning pages, something that can sometimes be difficult to do. I enjoyed the characters, and found myself rooting for all of them from start to finish, and found myself even liking some of the characters I maybe wasn't supposed to like.
This book might not be some genius literary accomplishment, but it was an enjoyable read. I remained interested throughout the whole thing, and found myself highly invested in all the character's outcomes. And while the rest of the series may have been less likable than this first book, I will always consider this book to be one of my favorites.
Four point Five out of Five stars