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Characters in the book are also very one dimensional, not to mention the vast majority of the characters seem to be just 'common rabble' with no personality. Reading this you start to wonder why the author didn't give any intelligence to any other characters 'saving it' for the main character to come in and be the bravest, smartest, most moral person amongst them all. I even found the main character to be annoying, constantly complaining and getting upset in the early parts of the book.
The maze itself later on in the book proves to be much less daunting and frightening than initially presented, you would imagine that the maze would be full of traps, puzzles and creatures which endanger the characters but there is only one thing in the maze that is a threat - the Grievers. They are non-intelligible, easily tricked creatures who do not invoke fear of any sort and of the vast maze they are the only thing that endanger the humans.
The main thing that the book has going is its intriguing story, the world is uniquely created and has enough mystery for you to want to keep reading. Hopefully the sequels will shed more light on the questions asked in the first book but I personally will not be reading them but simply looking at a synopsis for the story.
I have been meaning to read this book for AGES. I remember after reading The Hunger Games many years ago when YA dystopian had blown up, so many people were talking about this book! It has been on my TBR list since then, and I finally got around to reading it. Let's see what I thought!
I liked the world building and setting of the Glade and the Maze. Despite there being so many dystopian YAs out there, I thought this concept was quite original. The setting was painted really clearly and the Maze felt very ominous, dangerous and unpredictable. Very cool.
Furthermore, I thought Dashner did a good job at describing what it would feel like to be in Thomas's or any of the other characters' position. Though there was conflict between parties, with some characterised more unlikeable than others, as a reader you can still see where both sides are coming from. None of the characters can truly be labelled as the "antagonist" of the novel as they are all just fighting the real antagonists outside the maze who put them there in the first place. At the start I didn't couldn't really relate to them because I didn't understand were all their confusion and anger was coming from but once I got over this initial hurdle, I found myself liking many more of the characters.
I really liked how the potential romance was not a major portion of this book. One of my biggest pet peeves is a YA fantasy, dystopian, sci-fi, adventure whatever genre (other than romance of course) getting overshadowed by the love interest, or triangle or hexagon or what ever. Of course I don't mind at all if there is a relationship that develops, but I want it to seem natural and not just shoved in because the author felt like the book should have one. The relationship in the Maze Runner was definitely hinted but it wasn't pushy in any way and I'm actually genuinely interested to see how it progresses. I thought the moments that were shared between the two characters (kind of obvious who they are, but still I won't say it) were quite cute as well (:
This book was filled with mystery, by filled I mean FILLED, up to the brim from start to finish. There were so many things I was dying to find out about and it kept me on the edge of my seat for most of the book. Not that much was actually given away in The Maze Runner, so it definitely sets the rest of the series up. For that reason, I will definitely be checking out the sequels.
THE NOT SO GOOD
Though the mystery kept my interested, it was frustrating at times having so many loose ends that weren't getting answered. To be honest, though the ending was a bit of a cliffhanger, it still left A LOT of things very ambiguous, if not bringing up even more things to question.
One of the things that kept on bothering me was why girls weren't sent to the Glade before Teresa (the first and only girl set there)? Maybe they were afraid they'd procreate or something? And why, did the last person sent to the Glade have to be female? Did Dashner just decide on that to create a potential love interest in the book? Personally, I believe so, and if that's the case I think it was a bit of strange move. I don't know, something about just throwing a girl in there to create more of a "wow" factor didn't sit well with me. But hopefully, like many other questions, these get answered in future books.
Though the introduction of Teresa was a big game changer she didn't really play much of a role. I felt for the majority of the book she was just following Thomas around, giving him a smile and hopeful message when he needed it. You didn't really get to see her personality. It was disappointing and I hope she plays a bigger role in the rest of the series.
SO WHY FOUR STARS?
Despite being a bit slow to start up it was a mysterious and page turning read. Though there was a lot of unanswered questions you eventually realise that it wasn't because the other characters didn't want Thomas to know, it was because they themselves didn't understand anything either. It totally makes sense, and made the book more realistic, seeing as they've all been blocked off from the "real world". This really set a bleak and almost frightening tone to the book, and allowed me to connect with the characters more. After finishing The Maze Runner I wanted my questions answered so badly I immediately started reading the Scorch Trials, but forced myself to stop and go read some books from my review pile...I will be back!
I'm sure most of you already know this, but the movie adaptation of The Maze Runner came out last year. I finished watching it recently and it was a decent movie. Thomas was played by Dylan O'Brien and I think he did a great job. There were a couple of other familiar faces as well, I thought all performances were good but like I said for the book, I wish Teresa got a bigger role. The Maze and most of the Glade was pretty much exactly how I pictured it but they changed A LOT of the facts and events of the book. I understand that there are necessary changes that need to be made to turn a book into a good movie, so I'm okay with most of them but when a movie ends up being really different from a book, and this bothers you, I doubt you will like this adaptation. Ignoring the fact it was adapted from a book though, I think it was a thrilling and fun movie and I can see a lot of people enjoying it. Box office wise the movie must have done well enough as the sequel, The Scorch Trials, is due for release sometime this year. I do plan to watch it after I've read the sequel.
I gave The Maze Runner by James Dashner 4 out of 5 stars. I would recommend The Maze Runner to fans of young adult dystopians. This is definitely right up their alley. People who are tired of YA romances dominating the world building in books will probably find this a refreshing read as well. This book is appropriate for a wide range of ages. There is moderate bloody violence.
LET'S DISCUSS! (On my blog: http://shannyreads.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/book-review-maze-runner-by-james-dashner.html)
I really enjoy watching book to movie adaptations, especially whilst the book is still fresh in my mind. I love seeing parts of the book come to life on screen, it's amazing! Sometimes I do get let down though, either when things aren't as I hoped them to be, or when too much of the book is changed. How do you feel about watching movie adaptations of books? Are you let down, or just enjoy watching them regardless? Let me know in the comments!
This sci-fi, dystopian, post-apocalyptic novel is described simply, giving the reader the ability to visualise the world the author created. It is full of well-developed characters who bring the story to life. Thomas is a strong character but he is enhanced by Newt, and Chuck, who have very different personalities. The language they use is unique to the book and the new words enrich the story bringing an authenticity to the maze.
The extent of the maze that has been created isn’t fully revealed until the last moment, which builds the suspense. The post-apocalyptic world they came from remains a mystery that will be unravelled in the next book in the series. This is a fantastic book for all ages and don’t be put off by the mixed reviews.
The actual maze component was slightly disapointing, but this was redeemed by the pace of the book as i was never at a point where i was thinking "get to the point". Finally, to help the characters appear more human and beleivable, it would have been nice to ditch some of the made up words and use the occasionally mild profanity to demonstrate their level of distress and, at times, feelings of hoplessness.
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