“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.

If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

My Experiences

My friend recommended this book to me over a text message. And I must thank her very very very much. THIS BOOK IS AWESOME! Never before had I read a dystopian with such an intriguing setting. 

You see, the thing with dystopian book [that is different from other books] is the setting. The setting is what creates the problem. The entire book is baisicaly centered arround the setting of the book. 

Take The Maze Runner, for example, the setting is the Glade, or more importantly the Maze itself. The problem in the story is that the Gladers are stuck in the Glade. Do you see how the setting has an important role in the problem. 

Now if you were to take Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, you would see that the setting is mostly in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The problem is that Harry is Harry attempts to remain alive through the Triwizard Tournament, and to discover who submitted his name to the Goblet of Fire. The setting of the story has almost nothing to do with the conflict.


“You are the shuckiest shuck faced shuck in the world!”

“Shouldn’t someone give a pep talk or something?” Minho asked, pulling Thomas’s attention away from Alby.
“Go ahead,” Newt replied.
Minho nodded and faced the crowd. “Be careful,” he said dryly. “Don’t die.”

“I’ve been shucked and gone to heaven.”

“It’s kind of hard to ask a dead guy what he did wrong.”

“Just follow me and run like your life depends on it. Because it does.”

“I promised him!” he screamed, realizing even as he did so that his voice was laced with something wrong. Almost insanity. “I promised I’d save him, take him home! I promised him!”

“Good that.”

Get yourself Lost in The Maze Runner 

Indie Bound*


*If you are unaware, I have a video on how to use Indie Bound as a resource on how to find books

**Also, if you have a Windows Phone, there is a really good EPUB reader app called Bookviser Reader. You can check out their website here.


Cite this article as: Serene Haroon, "The Maze Runner (Maze Runner #1) James Dashner," in {sereneharoon.com}, April 26, 2016, http://sereneharoon.com/2016/04/the-maze-runner-maze-runner-1-james-dashner/.

Happy Reading . . . 

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