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.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...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