- Author James Dashner
I wasn’t particularly bothered about reading this one until I saw the trailer for the film and thought I should probably read the source text before indulging in the big screen version. I’m not sure it was the best decision as the book didn’t sell the story to me at all.
Tracking the adventures of a boy who finds himself thrust into a group of kids, desperately trying to find their way out of a giant maze full of terrifying and deadly robot-type creatures, the book starts full of questions and frustration. There are no answers, only ever more questions, and the inner turmoil of the main protagonist gets really wearing at times.
You have to suspend a lot of disbelief for this one - who would do this to kids, what the heck is the point, is the book actually going anywhere? Gradually the story is revealed, and if you can go with it, becomes an entertaining read. There’s more frustration at the end, though, as without spoiling anything, you’re left on a giant cliffhanger. In the end, I wasn’t a huge fan of the book, but it didn’t put me off seeing the movie, so not all is lost.