The Maze Runner By James Dashner
The Maze Runner is written in third person past tense. It is the story of Thomas’ entry into a new community of all teenage boys and his journey out of that community. It is a solid and exciting story. The questions it raises are not so much questions of youth and growing up but questions of life. The primary question is how does one build and maintain community and how does one foster hope in a restrictive setting. The community has rules and the leaders believe order is absolutely necessary in order to maintain community and hope. When the rules are broken for a reason there is no provision for mercy and forgiveness. The other big question is how does the community deal with suspicion. Suspicion is hurtful to individuals but also destructive to the community.