'The Maze Runner' by James Dashner - Book Club Discussion Questions

'The Maze Runner' by James Dashner - Book Club Discussion Questions

  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner was first published in 2009
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press
  • 384 pages

The Maze Runner is a young adult post-apocalyptic science fiction novel that reminded me of by Orson Scott Card. The Maze Runner is the first book in a trilogy, so it has a resolution to the main problem of the book, but there are still many problems left unresolved. Use these questions to work through the novel and discuss what you think James Dashner is trying to say.

Spoiler Warning: These questions contain details from the novel and talk about the end of the book. Finish reading the book before looking on.

  1. Why do you think WICKED put the kids in the Maze? Do you think it was an effective way to find the smartest and most resilient?
  2. Even though Thomas does not remember it, he and Teresa had a role creating the Maze. Do you think that makes him guilty? Does he owe something to the other boys?
  3. What was the point of sending Teresa into the Maze?
  4. Was Gally good or bad? Why do you think the scientists used him?
  5. Throughout the book, Thomas and the other boys have more questions than answers. The reader, too, does not know what is happening. Did you like how this produced suspense? Were you satisfied with the answers provided in the end?
  6. In the final memo from Wicked, they refer to "Group B." Who do you think that is?
  7. If the world truly is in catastrophe, do you think the means can justify the ends of saving the human race? Even if it means enslaving or killing children? Is it possible, as Teresa thinks, that WICKED could be good?
  8. Did you guess that the maze could be a code? Do you think the kids ever would have tried to escape through the Griever Hole if the end had not been triggered?
  9. Do you think you will read the next two books in the series to find out what happens?
  10. Rate The Maze Runner on a scale of 1 to 5.