After a long time i finished “The Maze Runner”. With the new job and university reading is harder. But no excuses! But now for the subject here, the review.
In this book we follow Thomas. A boy who doesn’t remember his previous life and enters a place where there isn’t a way out. In this place there are only other boys all teenagers. They don’t know who put them there or why. But after Thomas arrival everything starts to get weird…
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 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.
This book is full of action. I truly enjoyed this book and don’t understand some of the negativity it has (maybe it’s just the second and third book). Thomas is the kind of character who see in other YA books. He is different, he sees things in a different way. He feels like he knows this place and he is ambitious.
Another thing is the secondary characters. Newt is my favorite, Chuck is a 13 year old boy who doesn’t grow a lot (to me), Minho is really fun and Teresa i feel doesn’t evolve a ton.
Still, give this book a try if you like Sci-fi books and if you enjoy some logic games. Don’t judge it by the movie (going to see it soon!).
I gave it 4.6 stars out of 5. Truly enjoyed it and will be continuing with the rest of the books.
What you, did you read it? Are you planing on reading it?
Spoiler review next!
I don’t know how to exactly do the review so i will do it by ‘themes’/characters. I will be seeing the movie next.
Thomas/Teresa: This isn’t the OTP of my life. I like them but i really feel like Thomas doesn’t need her. Just like i felt in other books. He is a strong character with the wits of someone who can do anything. The telepathy thing is weird, but it does give it a twist. Then we have the logic behind everything is in Thomas mind. The way he discovered everything is different thinking which is the best king of thinking.
The world building: It’s so well done. We understood the rules and how they lived in community. We saw how the maze worked. Even for teenagers they were able to build something solid. I wish more books did this kind of world building. It wasn’t boring, was quick and easy to read.
Plot: I always thought that there were aliens on the other side! But Thomas did made sense of everything. All thought the book i was thinking about Wicked is good. I don’t see how Teresa is missing this. I Understand Thomas missing it because he didn’t saw it but Teresa isn’t strong enough to remind him.
I hope the plot evolves. That epilogue, i just want to read the rest now! And don’t forget the “Changing”. I want to understand what that truly does and what does the chemical does to them. How can they be controlled. I just hope the second part of the test, is as good as the maze was.
General Characters: Like i said, Newt is my favorite secondary. I felt only a few characters really grown and were written well. Chuck is the young boy we feel compassion about. Gally is the bully. Alby is the old friend we want to be successful. Teresa is a different piece of the puzzle, just now built like it should. I feel only Thomas, Newt and Alby were well built. Al least it was this was a great character development.