Friday, January 20, 2012

The Maze Runner-Review

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)

Goodreads Description:
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 surrounded 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 have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But 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 buried within his mind.
My Thoughts:
I picked up The Maze Runner hoping for a dystopian that was less love story driven and more government gone wrong. While The Maze Runner, does in fact have less of a love story component, there wasn’t a clear villain and the evil government in charge of taking their memories and keeping them locked in the Glades is only somewhat revealed at the end.
For me, this story kind of flat lined. It wasn’t terrible but it was far from great. The memory erasing part was a little confusing for me because some things they remembered, while others they didn’t. They remembered words and the language from their old life, yet they still created weird slang terms (which I didn’t particularly care for). Also, it seemed like every time Thomas remembered anything he would point out that while he remembered the concept the details were unclear. I found that distracting.
I liked the idea of the maze and how every day it changed. However, I didn’t care for the way the maze was solved. I think there was a better way to do it.
The pace of the book is somewhat slow and for much of the book the reader is left completely in the dark about what’s going on. Even Thomas himself, has a hard time getting the answers from others. I didn’t understand why there was so much secrecy between everyone. It would have made more sense to me if when Thomas got there they told him everything they knew instead of making me learn as he went along.
I kept hoping this book would get better and I must admit that I kept turning the pages because I was eager to know what happened. However, I feel like I was kept in suspense too long and not given enough details of what was going on. I will probably eventually finish the series but it’s not at the top of my TBR pile.
Grade: C

2 comments:

  1. Yeah, I liked this one well enough to want to read the sequel, but it didn't exactly blow me away. It was interesting...

    I wanted to finally thank you for the Bookish Santa gift at Christmas. I didn't open it until Christmas eve, so it was a surprise to the end. I look forward to reading Whither! Thanks for the great choice, and I hope you enjoyed your Christmas!

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  2. Exactly, I mean the book wasn't terrible I just wasn't really that into it. I'll probably read the other books at some point but I'm not in a hurry to.

    I'm glad you liked your book! I actually picked up a copy for myself as well. I haven't read it yet. I think I'm going to wait until Fever comes out then I can read them back to back.

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