My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I give The Maze Runner between 3 and 3.5 stars. It gets 4+ starts for the overall concept, plot and world building. But only 2.5 stars for writing quality, character development and story structure.
I felt that the voice was bland, overly passive and highly repetitive. Most of the characters were one-dimensional, which made it hard to distinguish who was who. Most of the Gladers seemed highly interchangeable as characters, even the Keepers. Only Thomas, Minho and Chuck had any depth. Terasa had the opportunity for depth, as the only girl in the crew, but she was as one-dimensional as the rest. As a result, I couldn’t really connect with the characters at all. Not being able to connect with the characters made reading The Maze Runner a bit of a chore.
The only reasons I read through to the end of the book were the concept and the world building. The places were engaging. Dashner did a very good job of showing us the Glade and the Maze and the mystery that surrounds them. I found the overall concept of the story quite clever and interesting (interesting enough to keep me reading even though I didn’t care for any of the characters). And when I got to the end, the setting and concept were good enough for me to want to know more about the world Thomas and his friends live in.
I will, most likely , read the next book in this series, if only to find out what the Creators are really up to. And I hope that this is one of those rare instances where the movie version is better than the book.