Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Release Date: October 6, 2009
Genres: Action, Dystopia, YA
Source: Bought it, Received in exchange for review
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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.
The movie has been out for a while now, and if you want to read my review of the movie, click here.
For me, The Maze Runner failed to keep me interested. Here are my reasons. FYI, there are spoilers so if you haven’t read the book/ watched the movie, please just skip this and read my last paragraph.
1. The main character’s a Gary Stu. So when Thomas arrives at The Glade, pretty much everything starts happening. He’s the first one to ever kill an oh-so-scary Griever, a girl shows up right after he arrives, he get’s be a Runner when not many others can, and he can suddenly remember flashbacks. The maze starts acting funny after Thomas arrives and so on. I mean, I get it, we have special main characters quite a lot. But the way his “specialness” came off to me in this book felt annoying and just very frustrating. Only when Thomas came, the boys started getting answers to their questions. I was getting sick of Thomas this and Thomas that. Like please. Just stop.
2. The plot bored my eyeballs out. It moved at a pace slower than a sloth for no good reason. It’s not like the pacing was slow to develop the characters or the plot, it was just slow. Terribly slow.
3. There’s too much information withholding. We didn’t get any answers until towards the end, and by then, it was just too late. I was bored and I couldn’t care less about why the Maze was always changing, and why no one could remember anything but their names, and why they were there.
4. All the supporting characters merged together. I couldn’t tell apart Alby from Newt half the time and I could only really distinguish Gally and Minho from the lot because Gally was apparently one of the mean dudes and Minho’s one of the Runners. I couldn’t care less about Chuck, either. None of the characters ever grew onto me, they were pretty two dimensional and lacked character.
To sum up, I was really disappointed with The Maze Runner. I cannot even blame the hype, because the book itself just didn’t have anything good to offer.
I actually bought a copy of this book myself then Scholastic Australia sent me a copy a while ago so I am offering my movie tie-in copy for giveaway.
1. No cheating! You will be disqualified if you cheat.
2. This giveaway is AUS + NZ only
3. YA Midnight Reads is not responsible for any lost books in the mail.
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