I am honestly surprised that I managed to finish this book.... and I say that having enjoyed it. The problem is that it opens with the worst writing eI am honestly surprised that I managed to finish this book.... and I say that having enjoyed it. The problem is that it opens with the worst writing ever. The book is split into 3 sections and each starts with a "~TOTALLY COOL BLOG POST~ *wipes sweat off forehead*" and I was just sitting here, shocked. This garbage was recommended to me???? Luckily for the author I was on a plane and had no choice but to keep reading. The rest of the book was wonderfully written. Seriously. The logic here? Why open you book like this?????? WHY EVEN WRITE THIS.
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The author thought this was clever info dumping and he was wrong. It was just annoying. The information wasn't even needed for the most part, and the few parts that were could have easily been shoehorned in with Rachael.
As for the ending, I didn't love the double twist... it should have stopped when it made more sense. Instead it felt like like a feeble edgy attempt to pull on heart strings. I mean..... It still made enough sense in the end.... It just took away from the story for me....more
A few things really annoyed me about this book. + The authors sense of time. + The Japanese characters. + Wade's ability to win things so easily. + The deA few things really annoyed me about this book. + The authors sense of time. + The Japanese characters. + Wade's ability to win things so easily. + The deus ex machinas.
+ The authors sense of time. When the books starts, it hasn't even been 5 years yet. In this time Wade lists off all of the things he has watched, read, listened to, and played. All of the things he 'did' I don't believe was possible at all. For instance, he said that it took him 2 weeks to listen to the entire They Might Be Giants discography. It took him 3 months to watch every movie by John Hughes... he even memorized ALL THE DIALOG. What?? He also mentioned watching every series of Star Trek, which googling tells me it takes 23 days, but Wade said he only had 12 hours a day to do things the first 5 years, so that is at least another month and a half dedicated to ONE THING. But no, he also watched every season of practically every other long running series/sitcom as well. He listened to ever song, and memorized every lyric.... like............?
Seriously, doing all of this once isn't enough to perfectly memorize EVERYTHING about them, as he claimed he has. The book actually points out that he rewatched things HUNDREDS OF TIMES as well... and if I have trouble believing he was able to do everything ONCE, then, well, yea.
+ The Japanese characters. Wow. Okay. At first I figured these samurai clad boys were just weeaboos, or something. You know, geeky non-Japanese kids obsessed with Japan. When I found out they were Japanese? I instantly became annoyed.
I am not saying that Japanese people cannot be interested in Samurai... but it is cliche, and honestly, not a good look for the author. Also, the use of Japanese felt so..... Why would a Japanese person use a basic phase such as 'arigato' to a man who was one of the most important people on the planet, not to mention one of his heroes. I am by no means an expert in Japanese, butt that rubbed me wrongs. (Or, in non Krisslish, that rubbed me the wrong way.) Not to mention the author uses the word seppuku to generalize all suicide, when seppuku is a very specific ritual???
There was also a point where Shoto bows to Wade, and when Wade reciprocates, the dialog reads:
"Shoto-san." I returned the bow respectfully, then stretched out my palm, a gesture he recognized from the time we'd spent questing together.
LIKE. HOLD UP. Was it just implied that Japanese people have no idea what hand shakes are? Wooooooooow.
(view spoiler)[+ Wade's ability to win things so easily. So on top of all that time spend watching and doing EVERYTHING IMAGINABLE, Wade also somehow had the time to get so good at games, that he can get the high score on Pac-man, or easily beat Joust, and countless other games. I just... don't buy it? Sorry???
+ The deus ex machinas. The biggest flaw, by far, was the use of deus ex machinas..... Why do books do this? All it tells me is that the author lacks any creativity to effectively finish what he started, and in turn I feel like I have wasted my time. There also, on top of all the little instances, were two major uses, which frankly, pissed me off.
The first one with OG didn't even make sense. If he was watching the entire time, and really wanted to protect these kids, why didn't he swoop in and help the first time IOI murdered people? He basically LET Daito get killed. Why did he only suddenly care at the end? It made no sense to me. It was just some grand thing in which the author probably though was, hehehe, cool.
Aside from the above, I felt the book really dragged and was boring to read. It wasn't a bad story, but the point never got to where it should have as fast as I wanted, and mostly that was due to most of the paragraphs being long lists. The author wanted to make sure he named every 80's reference he could, and while at first this made sense, and set the tone, by the end of the book it was like wading through quicksand. He also had the tendency TO REPEAT THINGS. OVER AND OVER. Like, wow, yes, I know, you listed all these movies 5 times already. GET ON WITH IT.
In this book we are also subjected to Thomas magically remember things at key points. What's going on? "Thomas fell asleep and started to dream." Yes. This time the memories are in dream form... Which just happen to be in perfect chronological order.
I think my biggest peeve in this book though, was the attempt at character development. James Dashner took every opportunity he had to mention (view spoiler)[Chuck dying in book one. "MY BEST FRIEND IS DEAD, WOE IS ME. HOW WILL I GO ON?" .... Chuck being a guy he met in book one, and probably only talked to for about and hour of his life. But best friends, deep bond, etc. (hide spoiler)]
And then linked to the above, (view spoiler)[James Dashner will then try to kill off a bunch of characters for suspense... But these people don't even have names. Thomas even tells us he doesn't know their names, and 9 times out of 10 will say "At least it wasn't Teresa!! I could never go through what happened to Chuck again!!!" .... and then woe is me over Chuck for a few more pages. (hide spoiler)]
The book then tries to convince me (view spoiler)[he is in love with Teresa..... I have to say one of the hardest parts to read was when she was 'betraying' him..... It was so badly written, especially the part where she had to kiss Aris, really? (hide spoiler)] I...... I don't really have words for that whole part.
And the whole thing with (view spoiler)[Brenda. Was this an attempt at a love square? (hide spoiler)] Not so sure as I felt zero connections between the characters. I think it may have been, though....more
This is a book that likes to pretend that it is suspense when it doesn't actually have any at all. All forms of suspense are in the form of withholdinThis is a book that likes to pretend that it is suspense when it doesn't actually have any at all. All forms of suspense are in the form of withholding information. It gets really annoying that the characters won't answer any of Thomas' questions. The way that the James Dashner tries to tease the reader with this is annoying as well. Thomas will ask what something is, and instead of a character replying with the answer, he says "Go look for your self." The author then spends a page or two telling you "Thomas is unhappy." And then throws a string of questions at you just to meet a word count. "What was that noise? What is going on? What are these people doing here? What is etc. etc. etc.?"
On that note, all plot development is in the form of Thomas suddenly 'remembering' something at the key point. James Dashner is beyond lazy.
There is also zero character development. All development is a character saying something to Thomas, usually slightly rude, and then we get a "Thomas decided he liked them." ............... and then apparently they are best friends and have a DEEP BOND. Just believe it, don't ask questions. That is how friendship works, right?
I think the worst part of this book was that they made the mistake of telling me that these kids are some of the most intelligent EVER. .........I figured out the solution to the maze way before Thomas did, who by the way only was there for a few days. What about the kids that couldn't solve it after two whole years? SUPER INTELLIGENT? Right........ Not buying it.
James Dashner likes to think he is clever, but he isn't....more