The Maze Runner
If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.
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 ...more
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 ...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
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
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 ...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 ...more
Thomas wakes up in the middle of a glen in the center a enormous maze. He (along with all of the other guys in there) have no memory of life outside of the maze.
Absolutely blank slates the lot of them...wellll....mostly.
Their entire lives were conveniently erased just enough so they'd have language, motor skills and just enough memory to understand irrigation/farming but nothing of their personal lives.
Every month, a newcomer arrives to the Glade. ...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 ...more
Truth be told, I’ve been waiting to read this book for ages! I don’t even know when the first movie came out, but I think it must have been around 2014 or something like that. Anyway, because I didn’t know better back then I just went to the movies and watched the film only to find out that it’s based on a trilogy that was written by James Dashner. Of course I was very ...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. ...more
these books gave me life when i was a teenager. i was OBSESSED with high-stakes survival stories, especially with a dystopian atmosphere. and while this is a rare case where i think the film is better than the book, this story is just sooo good.
firstly, can we take a moment to appreciate a lead male protagonist?! while its becoming a more frequent occurrence in recent YA lit, it felt quite uncommon a decade ago. and i adore thomas. he is the ...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 ...more
It’s so difficult to write a ...more
Aside from a few physical ...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 ...more
Just as awesome the second time round!
Thomas wakes up in the Glade with no memory of who he is or his past. He is surrounded by boys all just like him, no idea why they are there, some have been there as long as 2 years.
They all keep the Glade running, they grow food, raise livestock and perhaps the most important job - the runners. The runners go out everyday exploring the giant maze surrounding the Glade, attempting to find an escape. Every ...more
You guys were right though. It was wayy different than the movie (not that I'm complaining or anything I love the movie) Gally's character, the whole maze and everything was much more explicit.
I love Newt so much man. He deserves all the happiness in the world. He's ...more
While many criticize the characters for being flat, which they are, Thomas and his fellow Maze Runners are at the very least likable. They play pranks, they crack jokes, they bond in inventive ways, and most importantly they're just fun in general. You can't help but like characters that are trapped in an almost literal ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...more
1. Other kids keep telling the main character not to ask questions, so, so often. It was incredibly annoying and -here's the capper - it turns out there's no real reason for that. Other than hiding the Big Mystery ...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 ...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
I know right? I loved the book. I will say I watched the second movie and didn't like it but I'm going to keep on with the books and see.
Welcome To The Maze!
Imagine, if you will, you wake up in some elevator thing and you have no idea what is going on or your past. You just end up in some place with a bunch of dudes that are calling you greenie until the next person ...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 ...more
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