The Maze Runner by James Dashner Review

IMG_9978When looking at this book I was certain I was going to either love it with all my heart…or strongly detest it…I’m still undecided with how I feel about it. When I got to the end and I realized that this wasn’t just one book but a series…I got sort of angry because come on!!! This could have been such a good stand-alone book and I didn’t see the point of stretching it out further.

A short summary from good ol’ GoodReads for all you bookaholics who want to read it:

If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.
Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.
Everything is going to change.
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
Remember. Survive. Run.

(I ended up scoring this book 25/40 so I wouldn’t really recommend it to you personally but if by reading the sumary you are interested in reading it go pick it up!)


Now since I am writing a review on this book with an understanding that you’ve read it as well then you’ll have to not get angry if I spoil stuff and you haven’t read it. I’m warning you from now 😉
I felt the first few chapters were amazing. They were exactly how I felt they should have been: suspensful, dark, omnious etc. But then everything just went crazy and I lost the whole point of the plot. First off…I THOUGHT THIS WAS A MAZE?? There was no maze feeling it just seemed like it was a little forest/island that they found themselves trapped on. I didn’t get the fact that Thomas and the girl could talk to each other in the book because “they were the ones who helped create it” and then the whole ‘Glade’ plotline with the house and the cure that can make you remember events that occured in the past and the people in charge of the experiement had hidden…it just seemed like he attempted to stuff too much information into one book and I didn’t like it. I could understand him trying to build the series as a trilogy i.e. the adventure on the island and trying to solve the riddle of what happened etc…but he just went into a completely different direction. The way in which they ended up escaping in was so hyped up that when it ended up happening I was disappointed…just in general I was very disappointed in this book.
Thomas is one of the most annoying narrators that I have ever read and trust me…I’ve read some quite bad ones. He was so pathetic all the time and whining every twenty minutes like COME ON WE GET IT YOU WANT TO BE A MAZE RUNNER JUST CHILL DUDE!
In general the characters were lacking depth because Dashner spent too much of his time building up the setting and plotline and stuffing it all into one book that you didn’t really feel a sense of connection with the characters, which in result does not make me want to read any of the other books in the series. The bully…(Gally was it? or Gully?) wasn’t horrible, I didn’t like him but I think he was the only character I ended up feeling bad for…Except for Newt who didn’t deserve what happened to him…
I liked Newt as a character but when the ending came around I felt like Thomas overreacted because….how long did he know the dude for? A couple of days…week max and all of a sudden they were “brothers” and he had “failed him”…like…what?
In general I just felt really confused with this book and don’t really want to continue the series…unless os course someone feels like they can convince me otherwise? 😛

Characters: 5 points
Plot: 6 points
Language/Style: 7 points
Originality: 7 points

So overall i gave this book 25 points out of 40 points…not horrible but not amazing. I definitely wouldn’t recommend it to a friend of mine unless I felt it was a sort of book they’d REALLY enjoy…
Yup just pretty much a huge disappointment and honestly the only reason I read it was because there is a movie starring Dylan O’Brien in it and I wanted to read the book before the movie. I hope the movie at least is good because I love Dylan O’Brien! ❤ Maybe he’ll be a better Thomas then the one in the book was xD

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