The A(MAZE)ing Maze Runner

Jordan Schmitt '18, Staff Writer

In October of 2007, Delacorte published a book by a not so well-known author, James Dashner. This book, The Maze Runner, was soon followed by its two other trilogy members, The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure, and then a prequel to the series, The Kill Order. These books were very well received by their teen audience and anyone else interested in the post-apocalyptic, dystopian society, or sci-fi genres.

The story is about a young, teenage boy who is suddenly brought into a maze with no memory besides his name: Thomas. There is a whole community of other boys living there who have been working for as long as two years to find a way out of the bizarre trap which contains enormous, man-eating creatures called Grievers. The boys, called the Gladers, have established an orderly way of surviving in their predicament. However, everything begins to change in the Glade after Thomas arrives.  Thomas is determined to help the other Gladers escape the maze as their world seemingly begins to collapse.

As more teens read The Maze Runner, 20th Century Fox bought the rights for a movie to be made out of Dashner’s now famous book. The movie was directed by Wes Ball and stars Dylan O’ Brien as the protagonist Thomas. It is rated PG-13, is 113 minutes long, and categorized as an action, mystery, and sci-fi movie. It was released in theaters on September 19th, 2014. Since it was released, The Maze Runner has received a 7.5 out of 10 rating on; as of now, 35,251 people have voted.

The Maze Runner definitely had me on the edge of my seat; it was suspenseful, action-packed, and thrilling to watch.  Also, the movie follows the basic storyline of the book very well. It is very explanatory and does a great job for people who have not read the book. The cutting out of many details from the original book was disappointing, but it is definitely understandable why they were not included due to time constrictions.

My overall suggestion is to read the book, then see the movie afterwards. The book gives a better insight into the Gladers’ world and their individual character personalities. Though the movie does a wonderful job in only an hour and fifty-three minutes, it just cannot do the whole book justice.

I hope you enjoy seeing (or reading) The Maze Runner! It is a very entertaining movie and definitely worth watching. If you are intrigued, but not yet 100%, I suggest checking out the trailer.