July 2, 2012

Book Review: The Maze Runner Series - James Dashner

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse enclosed by stone walls.
Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them, open. Every night they are closed tight. And that every 30 days a new boy is delivered in the lift.
Thomas was expected. Only the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. 
Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets that are buried within his mind

The Maze Runner
Hummmm.  Where to begin.  I loved the Maze Runner.   The Author leaves you with a serious cliff hanger at the end of nearly every chapter.  I have to tell you,  I had a hard time putting the book down.  It is written in third person and there is no bouncing around from one story to the next.  I get tired of those "meanwhile back at the ranch" moments.  The story is always focused on what is happening with Logan and what he is thinking.  

Violence : Yes.  People are killed, there are crazy monsters, and people do act a bit crazy from time to time.  Nothing on the horrific side
Sexual Content: None
Language: None - however they have a pretty silly way of talking.  Not surprising from a bunch of teenage boys. 

Favorite Character - Chuck.  What a character.  I just love how he takes care of Logan.  I think at one point Chuck places a blanket over Logan when he sleeps out by himself in the forest.  Ah.  What a good friend.

I give it

The Scorch Trials 
After reading this book I look back and think : Why? I don't want to go into too much detail because I would hate to ruin the book.  I will say that my biggest beef was the introduction of a Love triangle.  And a horrible one at that.  I don't blame Logan for acting the way he did because he has been lied to over and over again.  I would trust no one other than Minho and Newt.  So this is really lame but I feel like they should have had one trial or three trials.  In my mind I feel like two is just not complete.  It's never two strikes you're out, or the Bi-force of evil (if you get that Zelda reference Kudos my fellow geek!), or a double threat.

Violence: Yes.  Can you say weird suffocating metal, lightning that burns a body to a crisp,  throw in some weird man-made monsters, and crazy zombie like people (cranks).  Lucky for us the author doesn't go into great detail.  Just enough to know what exactly happened.
Sexuality: None
Language: None

Favorite Character : Minho.  Way to go Minho.  He really shows his leadership skills in this one.  He is super loyal and tough as they come.
I give it 

Spolier! Don't read If you haven't read The Death Cure.  Unless you don't care.  Then proceed.

The Death Cure

Ending a story is rough.  It is rare to see a Zombie Apocalypse story come to a happy ending.  The cranks may not have been  a traditional Zombie, however, I would argue that they are worse.  They may be crazy but they are smart enough to set a traps for humans at least.  From the beginning of this series I wanted for Logan to get his memory back.  I hoped it would come at the End of the Maze Runner.  But no.  I was certain he would get it back somewhere in The Scorch Trials.  Hardly.  When I found out in the Death Cure that he didn't want them back I almost threw the book at the wall.  As for the love triangle.  I knew there wasn't a popsicles chance in heck that Logan would go back to Teressa once he decided he didn't want his memories back.  Which I think is lame.  Sure sure.  He's all about leaving the old behind and clinging to the new but Teresa risked her life for him.  She risked their relationship to save him.  Jerk!  As for the ending?  It was a bit disconnected.  The Chancellor saves them?  I mean who the heck is this lady?  She is mention two maybe three times?  I guess in conclusion the series started out great but just headed a direction I didn't enjoy.  Oh well!  

Favorite Character: Jorge.  Why?  Because he reminded me of this guy

Sucre'!  From prison break!  Come on hermano!  Can't you see it?  

I give it 
Because it is still a pretty crazy story!

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