The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner #1)
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 ali ...more
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The plot was intriguing and kept me reading; in fact, it was probably the only reason why I kept reading. Some writers are able to seamlessly integrate characterization and good writing with a fast-moving plot; James Dashner is not one of them. The pacing is strange, and Dashner's use ...more
1) the characters had some personality
2) the main character - Thomas - weren't such a Gary Stu and showed some character development and growth instead of conveniently "remembering" important information to advance the plot
3) the book weren't filled with atrocious made-up slang - "shuck-face," really, is this supposed to be cool?
4) the villains - Grievers - were actually scary or dangerous
5) the maze had some kind of mystery about it and not limited to moving w ...more
I don't know what that's like either.
But that inattention to detail would probably totally screw you over because a.) now you're knocked unconscious and b.) the creature is going to devour you. Good job.
I guess this is kind of like Lot's wife looking back on Sodom only to be turned into a pillar of salt.
And it is ...more
A: the words.
. . .
Have you ever had an eight-year-old kid try to describe to you winning a level of a video game? Have you ever had a middle-aged man try to describe to you completing the games section of the New York Times? Did those experiences involve multiple conversations like this:
“What is the maze?”
“Stop asking so many questions!”
I have to say that this book was more boring than having someone tell you in painful detail about winnin ...more
“You are the shuckiest shuck faced shuck in the world!”
2 1/2 stars.
It's funny how just a few years can change everything - your reading tastes, your expectations, your standards... because when I read The Maze Runner in early 2011, I enjoyed it a lot. It seemed fast-paced, exciting and a little scary. Plus, I thought the slang was a nice touch.
Three years and a million dystopian/sci-fi books later and everything about me has outgrown this book. It's not terrible. I can still see why someon ...more
Okay so before I start I want to say something.I personally hesitated to read this book because I heard too many bad reviews and things about this book.But let me tell you something.Yeah it has it's problems like the written style but this book has one of the best story plots I have ever read about.And believe,once you get into the book,you will not care about the writing or anything else.I am seriously so angry I haven't read this book early and even more for listening or reading those really...more
From the start as the reader we have NO idea what is happening. All Thomas can remember is his name. Not where he came from or any specific details of his life. Ne ...more
Holy crap, that looks perfect.
I am way better at writing reviews for books I hated, but I’m gonna give it a go anyway.
Okay. Breathe, Inge, breathe.
Oh, this is gooooood.
The Maze Runner was like a breath of fresh air to me. I needed a nice, clean cut from the typical YA books filled with whiny protagonists, insta-love and love triangles, and I got exactly what I asked for. This book is like a giant puzzle that you solve along with the characters. It is filled with unexpected t ...more
It’s so difficult to write a ...more
...Aaaaand ..... rant!
When I'm sick - the snotty phlegmy febrile kind of sick - and my brain feels sizzlingly fried, I sometimes turn to easy reading "fluff" to give my neurons a break. Sometimes this strategy backfires and the 'fluffy' book actually tries to break my long-suffering brain cells with its sheer stupidity.
It's not even mediocre; mediocrity would be elevat ...more
I was a little bit scared when I started this book that I wasn't going to like it as it is my first real dystopia/sci-fi book I've read. After about 110 pages it got to the point where I couldn't put it down for anything even while eating dinner I had it one hand and when bedtime came I wanted to stay up all night and read it.
The plot was fast paced, suspenseful and full of suprises. The twists and turns this book took sho ...more
Aside from a few physical difference ...more
Thomas comes to the maze in a box, he has no memories of anything other than his name. He learns that he is the "GreenBean" or the newest boy to arrive. They get arrivals once a month.
There's a ton of questions about how he got there and why there is a maze that has walls that move every night.
Then there are the Grievers. Which for the life of me I could not find scary. A machine-like slug? Pour some salt on that fucker.
The next day a girl arrives.
It throws the boys into an uproar. A GIRL! an ...more
::: ducks flying objects thrown by vengeful Maze Runner addicts :::
Seriously? This was one of the flattest, most blah books I have read in a long while, and although in its defense I might have had my expectations set too high based on word of mouth, overall I was unmoved, unchallenged, and unimpressed.
Partly, while I thought the descriptions of the maze and the Grievers were awesome, the plot lacked ...more
Well. There was....well, first of all, I have to get a cup of water because I have a major headache.
*Goes to get cup of water*
Aah. Much better.
"Oh, Ellie, by the way--I borrowed that book of yours, Runner? Or something?"
*gulps nervously* "The Maze Runner?"
"Yeah, that's it. ...more
Didn't expect I'd Like it that much, easy fun thrilled read...Hard and Dangerous Maze though..
الروايه فعلا فاقت توقعاتي..اولا فوجئت ان اللغه سهله جدا "يمكن اسرع روايه انجليزي اقراها" يمكن لانها مكتوبه لفئه عمريه معينه
بعد كده بدات فعلا الاحداث تشدني جدا...تبدا باحداث غامضة وغريبة ويفضل يكشف جزء بعد كل فصل لغايه ماتحس انها متوقعه...لكن تظل المفاجأت حتي اخر فصل
ففي بدايه الاحداث بيفوق بطل الروايه "توماس" ويلاقي نفسه في ...more
A is for Apocalypse! A modern craze; a timeless fantasy. What shall bring us to this place? Can there be life after such an event? And if so… what kind of life would that be?
B is for Banzai! “Banzai” is a traditional Japanese exclamation meaning “ten thousand years”. A Banzai charge is a last, desperate charge.
C is for Cube! “Cube” is a 1997 film by Vincenzo Natali. The characters in this film are trapped in a kind of maze, and must pass from one cube-shaped room to a ...more
Review: I read this at the encouragement of one of my kids, who dearly loves this book. So let me state right up front, buddy, I'm glad you loved this book. Now I'm going to express my opinion. Please remember that we're all allowed to have our opinions, even if mine is wrong.
Now, I didn't hate The Maze Runner by any means. But ...more
As if the simplistic and "tell-y" writing in this book weren't bad enough, we also have to content with some truly atrocious pacing, inconsistent characterization, logic gaps out the wazoo, a Gary Stu of a main character, and an ending that kicks this book up into whole new levels of WTFery.
The majority of this book is people jealously withholding information that gets revealed a few chapters later, which makes it painfully obvious that all the not-t ...more
I bought this book over a year ago because of the Dystopia craze.. having read so much dystopia though, I wasn't able to pick it up. It's been a while though, and I picked it up at a time where I was excited for it which turned out for the best.
I was first stricken wi ...more
There were so many times when the characters would have figured things out. They’re supposed to be brilliant kids, and yet they are continually clueless about things that are pretty obvious to th ...more
Review to come!!
Review (more like gush):
Where do I even start this review...
Okay, so, The Maze Runner is absolutely incredible! I loved it so much!
This book instantly sucked me in, when I really just got it off my shelf to look at it! Haha, I had always been a bit hesitant to read this book, because I didn't think I'd like it much... Boy, was I wrong. I even broke a book-lover rule and saw the movie first, because I was nev ...more
So when I finally did get around to reading it, even after many, many people have told me how great it is, I was still impressed by how awesome it is.
Oh awesomeness, let me count the ways: ...more
Beauty, Books and Babble
I read this as a buddy read with Ashley. :)
“You ready or not?”
Thomas looked at Minho, matched his suddenly hard gaze. “I’m ready.”
“Then let’s go runnin’!”
The Maze Runner centres on the story of Thomas, who finds himself in an unnerving place called the Glade with no idea who he is, where he’s come from or why he’s been sent there. He finds himself amongst a group of boys who have all started in the same situation – they’ve been flung int ...more
Thomas, the MC, suddenly shows up in an isolated place/society with no memory of his family or friends. The only thing he can remember is his name. Turns out he's inside a place called the Maze and most its male occupants have been here for two years, trying to find a way out while forging a living for themselves.
It's not easy though. The walls of the Maze shift every night a ...more
1. It's a fast-paced, interesting plot
2. You're hooked from the beginning
3. The concept is rather original
Reasons I didn't enjoy reading this book
1. I did not like reading it on the recommendation that it is like The Hunger Games. I think I would've enjoyed it more if I was not making the comparisons.
2. I couldn't picture what a Griever would look like
3. "Good that?"
4. These kids are supposed to be extremely intelligent? I don't believe it.
3 THIS SOUNDS LIKE "LOST" STARS
“Just follow me and run like your life depends on it. Because it does.”
So, the good and bad news:
Bad: The movie significantly deviated from the book. A lot of key events were different, the chronology of events changed & almost everything was just a big WTF IS GOING ON ANYMORE.
Good: The deviation wasn't entirely a bad thing because it actually addressed a lot of problems I had ...more
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