Maze Runner #1 Labyrinten
Title: The Maze Runner
Series: The Maze Runner#1
Author: James Dashner
Published in English: 2009
Dansk titel: Labyrinten
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2014
Forlag: Høst & Søn
Finished Reading: July 2019
Genre: YA, Science Fiction & Dystopian
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
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.
This book was exactly as I had hoped. Little different from the movie but not unrecognizable. If I hadn’t seen the movie before reading this, I would say that Thomas, our main character, lacks personality. However, when he talks I see the actor in my head, and he showed plenty personality. This review will be based on my experience, not solely on the book, I’m afraid. The book is great, but seeing the movie beforehand, pushes it over the edge.
I had issues putting this down it was so interesting! I was hooked instantaneously. The setting and the mood is very gloomy and I love it. At times, we get a sense of bliss and we rather relax, but then the book takes a drastic change and we’re on our toes again.
At first, Thomas has no recollection of whom he is, and we get to see him develop, slowly, but still, a small change, in a way, I think it’s a nice way of getting to know a character. I sympathize with him, and really want him to succeed. Chuck was a nice addition to an already perfect balance of personalities. I liked him.
The plot is moving in a nice pace and I wasn’t bored at any point in the book, the only slight distraction was the translation. I ended up counting about twenty or more translation mistakes and many grammatically inaccurate sentences, but that happens, only twice, I met real trouble where’s a sentence made no sense whatsoever.
No doubt in my mind I would recommend this to anyone whom likes dystopian novels; this is one of a kind and worth every minute spend. I’ll be starting on the next shortly, I love how this ends with a bang, and you’ll instantly be reaching out for the next! It’s been a while since I’ve experienced that. Besides a few flaws, this is damn near perfection.