According to SparkNotes book reviews, "The Maze Runner" by James Dasher is an action-packed novel with a unique but original idea based on a dystopia that is ruled by a psychopath. The novel is about a young boy called Thomas who wakes up in a dark lift with no memory of his past life except for his first name. The setting is in the Glades, a part of the Maze. As of 2014, there is no official section dedicated to "The Maze Runner" by James Dasher.
The reviewers praise the fast pace of events in the novel, which make it a fast read, but they do believe that the novel is quite confusing. The confusion arises from the fact that the reader finds out about events at the same time as the main character Thomas, who is in a confused state most of the time.
The reviews praise the appropriate development of the other characters, especially the girl, who keeps up with the teenage boys in a realistic manner. The reviewers on SparkNotes also praise the graphic description of characters and events in the novel, which draws the readers into the story as if it is happening in the present.
The reviews rate the novel's ending highly, but the main character is viewed as being underdeveloped and distracting.