The Maze runner by James Dashner, a book review.

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. I’ve been meaning to get back to book reviewing, but somehow it didn’t work out. So as soon as Tekira mentioned to me she wanted to do the film review of the Maze Runner and I just happened to finish reading that book I decided to give you the book review. Remember, you may find spoilers ahead.

maze runner

Synopsis according to Goodreads:

“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 is 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 maze. It’s the only way out – and no one’s ever made it through alive.

“Everything is going to change.”

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

REMEMBER. SURVIVE. RUN.

 

My thoughts:

I liked the book, but not loved it. The fact that I began reading it months ago, put it away and picked it back up again says it all. And to be fair. The only reason I wanted to read it, is because I hate seeing films before I had a chance to read the book. (Come on, books are always better than the movie!) That, and the fact that my puppy (a.k.a Stiles from Teen Wolf, a.k.a. Dylan O’Brien) (and yes I know he’s not a werewolf in TW, but humour me.) was going to play the main lead in the film made it more interesting for me to pick it up in the first place.

I have a bit of mixed feelings about the current YA dystopian uprising. I like dystopian stories, post-apocalyptic worlds and such, but they are all the same. Whether you’re reading the Hunger Games books, the Divergent series or in this case the Maze Runner, it all has the same feeling and flavour to it.

Also, I expected a great deal more about the maze, it sounds really intriguing but we just see a bits and pieces and like the film, where isn’t a lot explanation about things or really graphic descriptions about the maze, monsters and such.

I think the story is a good one, but overall and especially towards the end it really feels rushed, as if the author was trying to get all his thoughts about his story to get down on paper. And I think that’s a shame. It really has potential, the overall story arc is great but it feels all too one dimensional for me.

It’s a reason I won’t be picking up the second book in this series. I imagine in the second part of the book we get more explanation about the maze and why and how it was created. Bu I guess I’ll never know and I’m ok with that. This isn’t a book where I need to know what happens next.

I’m sure a lot of people do love the book, and that’s ok. It’s a fun read, for me a something in between, but I don’t feel emotionally involved with the characters, I don’t get sucked into the story eager to know what is happening on the next page.

I do however am still curious to see the film, like I said, my puppy is in it and for me that’s reason enough to check it out. Reading Tekira’s review I think you better still read the book first before watching the film. It seems to get just a bit more background story and explaining.

Have you read the book? Or watched the film? Should I? Let me know in the comments.

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy

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About hotcutegirlygeek

Hi I’m Mendy, 30, live in the Netherlands together with my lovely cat Sir James. I’m a social worker who works with drug addicts and homeless people by day and a geek, avid blogger and aspiring author by heart. I read, write, blog, bake and create. More about Hot Cute Girly Geek

2 thoughts on “The Maze runner by James Dashner, a book review.

  1. Tekira says:

    Just like you I started to read the book, but I put it away and now I’m still planning on picking it up again. But after only reading a few chapters I can say that the book is better than the movie (as it always did). To name a few examples *spoilers ahead*:

    In the book there is some sort of window into the maze. Through that window people are able to see the Grievers. Also, they mention that Grievers usually appear at night (when no-one enters the maze), but sometimes during the day. So in some rare cases, people who enter the maze by day get stung by them.

    Now in the movie, they say that nobody has ever seen a Griever and that Grievers only appear at night (when no-one enters the maze). But how would they know that Grievers exist then? When someone gets stung, they all know that that person was stung by a Griever and what effects the sting will have… But no-one has ever seen a Griever, so how would they know?

    I don’t get why the script writers added the ‘nobody has ever seen a Griever’, it just adds major plot holes. Like they deliberately wanted to make the movie worse than the book.

  2. rtgrthetasigma says:

    Great review.

    Went to see the film last week and you pretty much hit the nail on the head about the YA Dystopian trend at present. With The Hunger Games having two more films to go along with the rest of the Divergent series and a follow up Maze Runner film due for release next year, there is a risk that this genre is hitting saturation point and whilst the production values are good, it’s not giving me anything new – it’s basically teenaged hero versus an established, if corrupt, order.

    Unfortunately, it’s that trend of the studios seeing something work and wanting their own version of it.

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