The Maze Runner
In a future world, Thomas, a sixteen year old boy, wakes up to find himself in the Glade. Surrounded by boys everywhere, the Glade is a whole other world with its own sun. The only possible way of leaving is finding your way through a massive maze. This maze has eight unique sections and the walls of the maze move every night. Is also has robot-like animals called grievers that’s sting can lead to many afflictions which they cause “the changing.” The Gladers, people who live in the Glade, have adapted to survival and have created many different jobs such as the runners, people in charge of running through their section of the maze and drawing it. The runner compares their drawing with ones of before in their section to find the pattern. One night, two of the Gladers are coming out of the maze and Thomas rushes to help aid. The walls close and Thomas is stuck along with others. He manages to stay overnight, something that has never been done, which earns him the spot as a runner. Every month supplies and a new boy comes in a box from the Creators, the people who made the Glade, but it all changed after Thomas. A box came up with a girl holding a sign that said “She’s the last one. Ever.” Everything changed throughout the story and Thomas soon finds out how the Glade really works.
The Maze Runner by James Dashner was a very engrossing book. James Dashner did a wonderful job of starting very broad and getting more descriptive as the story goes on. Thomas’s perspective of everything, helped the reader relate to the book well, which helped engage the reader. The setting was described with much imagery which helped put a picture in my head. I think this helps the reader imagine the Glade as a whole other world. Despite all of these, the plot was somewhat the same as many books these days. It was unique in a way, but most of it was similar to other books. The ending was not the best. It was sad, but the way the escaped the Glade was not as fascinating as expected. This book has pretty easy vocabulary with a couple of eighth-grade level vocabulary words. I would recommend this book for twelve to fifteen year olds. All in all, I would give this book a nine out of ten stars.
STUDY QUESTIONS AND VOCABULARY:
1. What are some words that are part of the “Gladers” language?
1a. Some words are skank, shuck, keeper, and slopper. (6)
2. Who is Thomas’s first friend in the story?
2a. His first friend is a boy named Chuck. (21)
3. What is different about the greenie after Thomas?
3a. It is a girl and she came a day after Thomas instead of a month after. (54)
4. How many sections does Glade have and what are they?
4a. Glade is cut into four sections. They are gardens, blood house, homestead, and deadheads. (43)
5. What did Ben do to Thomas and why?
5a. Ben bit Thomas because he got bit by a griever so he’s “changing.” (72)
6. How did Thomas save Alby?
6a. He tied Alby to the wall with vines, to help protect him against the grievers. (54)
7. What did the Keepers decide on what to do with Thomas at the meeting?
7a. They decided that Thomas would spend one day in the slammer then train to be a runner. (167)
8. What did Alby see about Thomas during the changing?
8a. He saw Thomas helping the creators. (197)
9. How many sections were there in the maze?
9a. There are eight sections in the maze, each leading to a door. (206)
10. What is the girls name? and how do we find that out?
10a. Her name is Teresa and Thomas somehow remembers that her name is Teresa. (183)
11. What is special about Thomas and Theresa?
11a. They are able to communicate telepathically. (235)
12. Why did Thomas was stung by a griever?
12a. He was stung by a griever because people were dying each night and he needed to find a way out of the maze. To do this he had to remember his life before the gladers. In order to have memories you had to go through the changing. To go through the changing you must be stung by a griever.(291)
13. How did they find a pattern in the maze? What was it?
13a. They traced the maze on waxing paper of the one day – all eight sections and held them on top of each other to form a letter.(277) The pattern or code was float catch bleed death stiff push.(290)
14. How did the gladers get out of the maze?
14a. There is a room over the cliff in the griever hole that has a computer. There they plug in the code and the grievers shut down and the gladers can escape.(309)
15.Why were the they chosen as grievers and what are they?
15a. It was all a test, whoever was really smart became a glader. They were all famous scientists like Newt was Isaac Newton and Thomas was Thomas Edison. (303)