James Dashner’s The Maze Runner tells the story of Thomas, a teenage boy that has no recollection of his life. Thomas finds himself in a giant maze filled with other teenagers who remember nothing about themselves other than their names. Throughout the novel, Thomas befriends the people who live in the Maze and becomes a part of their society. Thomas and most of his friends escape the Maze at the end of the novel, returning to the real world. This novel is the first book of a trilogy, so it does not have closure. However, the novel ends giving a shed of hope to the characters.
The main character in the novel is Thomas. He begins the novel knowing practically nothing about himself, so he creates his own personality throughout the story. Quickly, Thomas discovers that he values friendship and doesn’t leave a friend behind. He reveals his loyalty when he runs from the Glade, the town in the Maze, to protect his friend Alby. Although his bravery ...view middle of the document...
After nearly dying, Alby remembers his past and quickly transforms from the happy, optimistic leader of the Glade to a scared, pessimistic traitor. Alby becomes a threat to the characters in the novel, and he only redeems himself when he sacrifices his life to help the other characters escape the Maze. Although he is no longer the wise leader that he once was, Alby understands the value of life and wants the good in the world to survive.
Another major character is Minho. Although he starts the novel with an act of cowardice, Minho reveals his bravery and loyalty within hours. His wit and humor make him popular among his peers, and Minho knows how to get what he needs when he needs it. Between spending time with his best friend Newt and leading the search for an escape from the Maze, Minho has almost no time to himself. However, Minho puts the needs of others before his and tries to keep a positive spin on any situation. After Thomas saves his life, Minho teaches Thomas about the Maze and helps him to gain a strong position in the Glade.
One of the biggest conflicts in the story is the end of imported goods. Shortly after Thomas arrives in the Glade, the town receives a message indicating nothing else will ever come into the Maze. Although the town has a garden and livestock, the boys don’t have a water supply. Without water, the Glade is almost dead. To make matters worse, mechanical monsters that live in the Maze can enter the town and start to kill people. Staying in the town any longer ensures death, but after two years of searching, no one can find an escape.
Thomas, Alby, Minho, and Newt agree to attempt an escape from the Maze and recruit as many of the boys as they can. The four boys compare maps of the Maze and discover a hidden code that reveals the escape route. That night, almost everyone in the Maze runs and tries to escape. Although many other boys die, Alby sacrifices himself to distract the mechanical monsters from the rest of the town. The boys that survived the monsters escape the Maze.
This novel was interesting because the characters created every aspect of their personalities without their memories. Overall, I enjoyed reading The Maze Runner and would read it again.