The Coincidental Critic

Exploring the art of storytelling.

The Maze Runner: Your Stereotypical Jock (Action packed, but lacking some depth) (SPOILERS)


I read “The Maze Runner” by James Dashner just like I do for half the books I read because I want to read it before the movie comes out.

“The Maze Runner” was very fast paced.  Each chapter only took me about five to ten minutes to read, so it was easy to breeze through.  Dashner also filled each and every chapter with suspense, ending almost every chapter with a cliff-hanger.  This made me want to keep reading to figure out the mystery of the Maze, the Changing, and those creepy Grievers.  Before I knew it, I was already halfway through the book.

“The Maze Runner” was a relatively easy read.  It was dialogue and action packed rather than descriptive.  This caused the story to flow smoothly and quickly.  However, I felt that because of this, the book lacked depth.  I did not see much character development when reading.  If anything, the main character, Thomas, became more confident as the book proceeded, gaining leadership qualities.  However, this is could just be due to the fact that Thomas was just figuring out who he was as a person after having his memory erased.  I found the other characters in the book to be quite one-dimensional as well.  Alby, Newt, and Minho all seemed like the same character to me.  They were all leaders, had similar senses of humor, and were tough and tireless.  To me, Teresa lacked a personality.  She seemed like a projection of Thomas’s ideal woman.  She was tough, beautiful, and obsessed with him.  For almost all the characters, I couldn’t identify a flaw, which made them less believable and less relatable.  In fact, the most interesting character to me was Gally.  He had several flaws, such as his impulsiveness and being closed-minded.  I wanted to know more about his backstory; however, it was not elaborated on, and he was just killed off.

A technical thing that bothered me was the fact the when Alby went through the Changing and he tried to share what he remembered, his body fought back, preventing him from revealing any information to the other characters.  However, when Thomas went through the Changing, he was perfectly capable of revealing things he remembered to other characters.  This inconsistency confused me and was never explained or elaborated on.

“The Maze Runner” ended with more questions than answers, forcing you to read the next book in the series if you want to figure out what the heck is actually happening (I must say, smart move by Dashner).

“The Maze Runner” was very suspenseful, packed with mystery and action, but lacking in-depth and character development.  I hope the sequel brings a bit more depth to this popular series.

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