10 Sep 2014

The Maze Runner



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Title:  The Maze Runner
Original Title:  The Maze Runner
Saga: The Maze Runner #1
Author: James Dashner
Publisher: Delacorte Press 
Genre: Dystopia, YA, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Release Date: October 6th, 2009




Summary: 

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.



My Opinion:

Is it me... Or many and I really mean MANY Young Adult books start WAY too slow and flipping the page is totally the opposite? 

Well, it happened to me on this book as well. It was so boring that I got upset. But after some time the story was so intriguing and so complex and totally non-understandable that now I got upset for not being able to find out what was going on. 

The Grievers, as the monsters in the maze are called, are really a terrifying creature. I swear that those things were taken out of someone's nightmares after watching Terminator or read H.G. Wells "The War of The Worlds". This are the kind of "things" (unsure if I can call them creature) that makes people turn off the light and rush upstairs and jump in their bed to hug their teddy. 

When you read the book, you'll understand if I say, the person that created these things must have a VERY creepy-creative mind. 

The people on The Glade. Let's talk about them... 

Thomas is the protagonist of the story. He doesn't remembers ANYTHING from his life before The Glade. He only knows his name. He is curious and nosy but can be understood since no one would answer his questions. With the pass of the time in The Glade we get to understand more about this character and the girl who arrived. 

Theresa seems to be the counterpart of Thomas and the way she arrived to The Glade adds some (more) mystery to the plot. The connection she has with Thomas is amazing and full of colors. 
This two have a story to tell. 

I fell in love with Minho. Strong character with some flaws but with leadership skills and a common sense that is superior to many of the guys. He seems to be an interesting character with a lot to say. And of course I am not taking into consideration that he is Asian for me to think he gotta be REALLY cute. 

Chuck... What can possibly be said about him. HE IS ANNOYING AND CLINGY. (That actually reminds me of a friend that is just as annoying) Even after that, he is a very sweet guy that keeps hopes and keeps on believing, that is a characteristic of him that would love to have. And it saddens me that we don't realize how important this character is. Chuck is the kind of friend I would not be able to change for anything. 

Now, all this plot twists keeps the adrenalin on flowing and keeps the story interesting. It plays with your mind in a very tough way. But I am in love with the concept that Dashner gave to the Maze. 
Being able to discover this along with the characters its something that allows you to be as surprised as the habitants of The Glade. 

For once... (Thank you James Dashner) NO romantic triangle involved. 

And something else about this book is the slang they use all the time. At the beginning you don't understand what they mean or what they are talking about, this slag makes it complex to understand and yet, you get used to their lexical and start using it. 


THE END IS... DISTURBING. 

I recommend it for new readers and for people that love creepy creatures.





Rating:


Rated like this because... 

      • No Romantic-Cake involved.
      • Interesting Plot.
      • Good World-Building. 
      • Loved Minho. 
      • Secrets on the plot that you get to solve with characters. 

    Unsure about... 

        • Slow reading at the beginning 



      But....
      • Annoying timeline. 
      • Too much slang. 
      • Not made me emotionally involved.