The Book Look: Character searches for way to return home

The Maze Runner by James Dashner has a confused main character.

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The Maze Runner by James Dashner has a confused main character.

If you’re into The Hunger Games, then this is the book you won’t stop thinking about for weeks.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner is simply incredible. When I first read this book, it was confusing yet exciting because I had no idea what was going on.

I was as confused as Thomas. Thomas, the main character, is sent to an unknown place known as the Glade.

The book starts with Thomas waking up (drugged) in an elevator car with no memory of himself or his life before. He finds himself in a community of about 50 boys, known as Gladers who also share the same type of memory loss. Obviously, being the new kid is never easy, so everyone pretty much hates Thomas.

The only one who seems to like him is 12-year-old Chuck. His first day at the Glade, Thomas knows only two things. One, no one knows why they’re here or who bought them. Two, he wants to be a Runner. Runners go out into the maze and explore until they find something new about how to escape, or at least until the metal Doors close around the Glade which they have every night since the Gladers have been there.

Something about Runners feels strangely familiar to Thomas, who makes you wonder, was he possibly a Runner before his memories were taken away?

At first, just by reading four chapters I had 40 possible outcomes of the ending. The fact that the book didn’t really back you up on what had happened before makes the story a lot more interesting. I felt like Thomas in the beginning, frustrated, no one telling me why I was there or what Grievers were.

(Luckily, you have me to tell you.)

Grievers are these weird looking creatures who give the Gladers bad hallucinations about their past. One night, this boy Ben gets bitten by a Griever and stars to have hallucinations about Thomas, which isn’t good. The Gladers believe Thomas once worked, or still works, for the Creators. Could this be true?

I was so surprised at the end — everything just falls on you like a ton of bricks, yet it all makes sense. I strongly encourage this book because it has that apocalyptic adventure I know everyone will love, just like I did.