A Book Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

On Reading: I just read THE MAZE RUNNER by James Dashner since both of my daughters were insisting I read it so we could all go see the movie together. I had read somewhere on the Internet that one thing this author does well is using chapter ending hooks to make you keep reading. I agree. I whipped right through the book. It was enjoyable, but I didn’t love it. The book felt a little like a mash up of ENDER’S GAME  + THE HUNGER GAMES.

Some parts of the plot were mad-creative, others not so much. Also, because of the way the plot was set up (total memory wipe) the MC, Thomas, spends much of the beginning of the book observing. And thinking. Which got annoying after a bit. I think it was around page 113 when he actually does something. He breaks a rule to help save two people. (Yay!) Then goes back to more periods of thinking and observing. (Boo.) Wisps of memory slip in occasionally but he keeps most to himself until late in the book. Which was frustrating. I’m interested to see how they handle the plot in the movie since usually main characters are more pro-active than Thomas is for much of the book. I mean I’ve seen other main characters who aren’t “action heroes” but they’re usually witty or smart with great lines to keep a reader intrigued. But again, so much of Thomas was him thinking about things other characters were saying or doing until much later in the book.

There is a major plot twist at the end of the book, that I think will come across much better in the movie then the book. By that I mean, in the movie, I think the twist will be like, “Oh, whoa. What?” And it was like that in the book except…I wanted the characters to have some little bit of closure or peace before the twist and that didn’t really happen. But then, it’s dystopian fiction, so what was I expecting? Overall, an enjoyable read with a page-turning (if someone contrived in places) plot.

Next up, I’m reading Sarah Dessen’s THE TRUTH ABOUT FOREVER, and I just bought one of the Jack Reacher novels by Lee Child, WORTH DYING FOR. If anyone has read the Jack Reacher novels and thinks it would be better to read them in order please give me a shout out here or on twitter so I can track down the first one. (@leekilraine) What’s on the top of your TBR pile?

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