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review 2017-01-06 18:55
The Maze Runner - James Dashner

This book started interesting me, of course, when the movie came out. I usually staunchly refuse to see any book-based movies before I read the book, but my parents broke me down when they marketed going to the movies as a “family event,” so I didn’t get to reading it beforehand, which meant it got pushed way down my to-read list. When the Pokemon Go challenge came up and had a hyped-up book category, I decided to finally get this off my to-read list and see how the book compared to its film version.


My first reaction is that it’s different in surprising ways. I won’t ruin it for people who have yet to read it, but the problem the way they solve the maze in the novel is a bit more complex and the ending is just the littlest bit different. The characters also had a bit of a different flavor to them, but I think that’s true for anything when your imagination is supplying interpretations rather than an actor. The one character whose introduction and personality is remarkably different is Teresa, which I thought pretty interesting. In the movie, she’s fierce to the point of being rabid when she’s introduced — in the movie, she’s calm and very rarely loses her temper. I’m not sure what this says about cinema portrayal of females or the people who adapted the book for the film, but it’s an interesting difference.


Regardless of the changes, I feel the same way about this book as I do about the movie: It’s fine. I don’t hate it, I don’t love it, and the plot is mostly interesting, though I hope future books provide a lot more growth and development from the characters. The way things were set up in this first book, it was mostly about discovering who they were themselves, so they remained mostly stagnant throughout. Without having read the sequels, it’s not something I can firmly recommend, but I am looking forward to reading the sequels — hopefully they deliver.

Source: www.purplereaders.com/?p=2280
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review 2016-11-16 15:50
The Fever Code Book Review
The Fever Code (Maze Runner, Book Five; Prequel) (The Maze Runner Series) - James Dashner

This certainly wasn't bad but I think I've had just about enough of the Maze Runner series. I love the idea and the characters but to a point, enough is enough.


We see Thomas, Theresa and friends before the maze was made. What secrets do we not know about Wicked and their creation of the maze. How were Thomas and Theresa really involved? What exactly does the maze do?


I think we learned a lot but it still left out a lot of questions. I loved seeing Thomas and Theresa as young children, in fact, I think that was my favorite part about this new maze runner book. It was also interesting to see how the other characters came into play before being sent into the maze.


James Dashner is really good with action and science fiction. I don't think he's as strong with characterization. He creates exciting worlds and back to back action scenes but not a lot beyond that.


A fun read and look into how the maze was made. I think most fans of this series will really enjoy this one.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-08-20 15:53
Review: The Maze Runner!
The Maze Runner - James Dashner

The Maze Runner

Basic Info


Pages/Length: n/a

Genre: Young Adult; Dystopia

Reason For Reading: #15 on Top 100 YA


At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:

Cliff Hanger: eh

Triggers: n/a

Rating: 3 Stars


Score Sheet
All out of ten


Cover: 8

Plot: 7

Characters: 6

World Building: 6

Flow: 7

Series Congruity: n/a

Writing: 7

Ending: 5


Total: 6


In Dept

Best Part:
Different kind of story.

Worst Part: Dumb ending, i think.

Thoughts Had: REALLY?! No.



Continuing the Series:

Recommending: Eh


Short Review: It really bothers me that the MC has been there like a week and solves the dang maze. If i was the other kids, i would kill the MC in the end. I would be so mad. Like really, people died trying to figure this out and you walk in here and bam, figured out. Ugh. Sorry but i would cut him down quick after we got out of there. All the made up slang bothered me, only because they never really explain it. And the context clues didn't really help sometimes. I assume they are in place of cuss words, but idk for sure. That ending thou, okay if i was these kids, i would be PISSED. you guys killed kids for a freaking TEST!!!!!!! ARE YOU SERIOUS.




Book Boyfriend: N/A

Best Friend Material: No.

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review 2016-06-30 23:52
It was fine
The Maze Runner - James Dashner

Meh. I enjoyed listening to it with my kid but it's not something I would have finished if it were just me. We'll be listening to the second one in the near future.

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review 2016-06-03 15:55
The Maze Runner
The Maze Runner - James Dashner

I received this book as a birthday present; little knowing that i would fall head over heels in love with it... I must confess that i was not that into the story as this was the first  young-adult post-apocalyptic dystopian science fiction book I've read. The language the Gladers used confused & intrigued me and my head was bursting with unanswered questions. Nevertheless, my fingers continued to flip the pages; curiosity taking over, until my mind was aroused with an interest so deep; i found it difficult to put the book down!!!

 The story revolves around a of a group of kids(boys) with their memory wiped, stranded in a Glade surrounded by a Maze infested with vicious creatures called Grievers; struggling to solve the Maze- but NEVER giving up.

 When Thomas; the hero of the story, arrives at the Glade, he is determined to solve the maze no matter what. Thomas quickly adapts to their lifestyle and wins friends. But when a girl called Teresa arrives with a note saying that she's the last one ever, things start changing...... 


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