A very unique perspective through 5 year old Jack's eyes. Jack's world had always been the 11 x 11 room with only his mother to care for him, teach hiA very unique perspective through 5 year old Jack's eyes. Jack's world had always been the 11 x 11 room with only his mother to care for him, teach him, and entertain him. He was extremely intelligent and talked every single waking hour, minute, and second; portraying him as a dominant character within the story. Jack's dominance gave him power and control over his mother, an unusual and unhealthy relationship for a 5 year old and his mother. Yet it worked for the story line because Jack was her only friend.
It took me a while to write this review and I've changed my rating several times. I listened to the audio version and Jack's non-stop talking really got on my nerves. I wanted to send him to time-out and make him be quite for 10 minutes. That being said, I would have preferred the author to have changed back and forth between the character's POV. The book ended with the reader never hearing the mother's POV and that left the story feeling incomplete to me. Jack also never questioned who is father was, a huge psychological issue in his future. Jack's POV left a lot of important "trama" issues over looked.
However, I realized had "Room" been written my way, it would have taken on a much more negative tone. Jack's POV kept the story line positive and hopeful while in the middle of a tragic situation. So little Jack, you won me over, you've got my vote. ...more
Finally a great dystopian read for a young adult male! The story line seems much better suited for a movie than a book. And maybe that's just what JamFinally a great dystopian read for a young adult male! The story line seems much better suited for a movie than a book. And maybe that's just what James Dashner had in mind.
There is a lot of repetition in the book due to the characters being stuck in the Glade with no clue how they got there, who put them there, or how to get out. The "runners" run the maze every day looking for a way out. Once a month a "newbie" is delivered to the Glade, changing the dynamics of the group and creating conflict. The entire book is about the characters trying to get along, survive, and find a way out of the Glade.
That is, until the end...
Too much time was spent on "world building" and not enough on "character building". More character information and personal interaction would have gotten me invested in the characters and made it easier to get through all of the repetition of the maze.
This book flowed much better for me once I was given a quick breakdown of the characters. I hope it does the same for you.
Thomas – The newcomer, very hard working and determined.
Alby – The leader of the pack.
Newt – Australian, second in command. He knows pretty much everything, and takes Thomas on a tour of the Glade.
Chuck - Sweet little boy who can be annoying He's the youngest in the group and very innocent.
Gally – Raspy voiced angry guy. He's always picking a fight. He hates Thomas and pretty much everyone else. He refers to Thomas as "String Bean".
Minho – "Running man". He's an Asian "maze runner" and a natural born leader.
Ben – He was going through "the change" when Thomas arrived.
Teresa – ? (You've got to read to find out about her. She's important!)
Once the girl arrived, the story line progressed in a way that I could better understand. She sees things differently than the boys do.
I never would have guessed it, but the ending is full of non-stop action and everything I thought would happen was dumped right over the cliff. New characters are introduced, providing what can only be a fast paced plot line for the 2nd book, "The Scorch Trials". I can't wait to read it! ...more