Liked: - The idea of Caliban, the jinn, and the lore behind their history. - Jinn. - I enjoyed the story more when it was being told from the point of...moreLiked: - The idea of Caliban, the jinn, and the lore behind their history. - Jinn. - I enjoyed the story more when it was being told from the point of view of Jinn.
Disliked: - The topics of sex and underage drinking being touched upon with merely a shrug instead of depth or some sort of life lesson. If this book is targeted at 13 year olds, I feel it should be more responsible when regarding certain things. - All of the humans. Honestly. May I please have a book based on Caliban? I disagree with Jinn. Fictitious teenage humans are boring, not jinn. - The cover. It SCREAMS "Buy this for your 12 year old daughter!" (less)
I remember that after I read "Wither", I wrote a review stating that I would not be rushing out to purchase the sequel when it was released and that I...moreI remember that after I read "Wither", I wrote a review stating that I would not be rushing out to purchase the sequel when it was released and that I would only consider reading it if I found it on sale somewhere after the fact. Apparently, the feelings behind that statement were forgotten when I saw "Fever" was coming out. I quickly ordered it and was all too eager to dive into it once it arrived. I think what I love most about this series is the idea behind it. I'm rather easily seduced by YA dystopias, and I'd honestly never read anything quite like these books before. They have the potential to be GREAT. The plot is good, the writing is good, the characters are vivid, but it's the fluffy filler that drags it down every time, and I can't help but think it's because someone told this author to take her brilliant idea for a story and stretch it out so that, like so many other popular YA books right now, it becomes a trilogy or a saga that in the end, is far more substantial monetarily than anything else.
Liked: Getting out of the mansion, having them on the run, Maddie, and the depiction of NYC being so damaged.
Disliked: Gabriel's personality seemed lacking in this one, Silas (another potential love interest?), and so much talk of feelings without much action in the early and middle part of the book.
That said, this time, I'm just going to admit to it -- I will be buying the next one. The ending absolutely saved this book for me. I was left dying for more. Such a cliffhanger! I'm very much looking forward to seeing more of Rowen!(less)
As a 25 year old woman whose life currently consists of wedding planning and home decorating, taking the time to sit down and read a YA novel about a...moreAs a 25 year old woman whose life currently consists of wedding planning and home decorating, taking the time to sit down and read a YA novel about a group of teenage boys struggling to find their way out of a maze, should not appeal to me. I should find the characters impossible to relate to. I should find the plot too far-fetched. The blood and gore and sheer adventure of this dystopia should not have appealed to me whatsoever....
and yet it did. Big time.
I loved everything about this story. Not once did I lose interest. When I set the book down, it was never because I wanted to stop reading - life simply forced me away from it for a bit, and then I'd rush back to the pages as soon as I possibly could. I have not felt this drawn to an adventure since The Hunger Games - but that is where the comparison of the two series ends. If you pick up this book hoping for a reincarnation of Suzanne Collins' works, you'll be disappointed only because this is a completely different - and utterly original - tale. Though hinted at it becoming more apparent in the following book, The Maze Runner is extremely low on the "romance" scale. There are no silly love triangles, teenage angst is at a minimum, and the majority of characters read so much more like adults than mere children.
Liked: The use of non-swear swear words, the fast paced unfolding of the plot (never a dull moment!), the characters were real and well rounded - all displaying true emotions (it's okay to cry - doesn't make you any less brave, etc.) and seeming completely believable.
Disliked: The fact that I now have to go out and buy the next two books because I MUST find out what happens next! (less)