Title: The Maze Runner
Author: James Dashner
The Maze Runner to me is like a dish of tofu, or an avocado, or both. I don’t particularly hate the both of them, but I’m not crazy about them either.
This is going to be a short book review. I’m not going to lie, I rate this book around 1 to 2 stars. I know how hard it is to write a good book, so I won’t rant too much about it, just that I would like to express my opinions about it.
I picked up the series at the Big Bad Wolf book fair (or to be more accurate David picked them up and placed them in my trolley before I could say anything), and since the description noted: “recommended for the Hunger Games fans”, I thought: “Wow, maybe someone would surpass the Hunger Games series!” (Note, I’m not a avid fan of the HG, but I am a fan of its concept ❤ ) So the books followed me back to my hostel, where I picked up TMR and started reading on one hot day.
I have to be honest here, I didn’t really like it. I still don’t like it. The first hundred or so pages are so lengthy yet so full of irrelevant shit that I almost gave up on the book (And I’ve never given up a book in my entire life, yet.) Plus, I didn’t really connect with Thomas at all. To be honest, I don’t even know why he is so special. For God’s sake, the other boys tried 2 years to escape from the maze but to no avail, and suddenly when Thomas enters the picture, POOF! Everything is right again in a blink of an eye. Ooh, and did I mention that the whole telepathic thing seems a little bit thrown together, and that the supposed ‘romance’ between Thomas and Teresa reads cheesy to me?
Apart from the above, I feel that everything is thrown together in this story! The writing style, the choice of what to write bla bla bla. I mean I get it that food is important, Mr Dashner, I love food too, but stupid shit like what the Gladers had for every breakfast, lunch, and dinner is annoying! I don’t need a minute-by-minute description of how delicious Frypan’s food is every few pages now and then! Plus, when I got to the last hundred pages, things started to heat up so friggin’ fast that I could not believe it. My fellow bookworms, to me great books set scenarios that are believable. Take a look at Harry Potter, I totally believe that Hogwarts might exist somewhere, and that it is Unplottable; or even the Hunger Games made me believe that somewhere in this world, games like these exist, and that there is a girl named Katniss Everdeen who survived the odds and emerged victorious. But for this book? No. I don’t believe that the Maze exists. I don’t believe that Thomas exists as well. The characters that I believe, and that I actually like are Newt, Chuck (who reminds me of Colin Creevey in the Harry Potter series), and…. that’s about it. The rest are filled with in-your-face stereotypes. Gally is a typical bully; Alby is a supposed leader without any sane judgement whatsoever; Minho is just a hot-tempered runner; and the others are not well-fleshed out enough to be imprinted on my mind. Even Ben’s a better character than Thomas, and he only survived the beginning chapters of the book!
I do not recommend this book for people who have experience in reading. However, if you are a newly-founded bookaholic, try this book as it is simple enough and it should get you going down the bookish route!
Sorry if my writing seems all over the place, as I was squeezing assignments, mid-terms, and a raging urge to write a book review all at once. Anyway, this book to me is kind of a disappointment, but that is my opinion only, don’t let it get to you if you love it 🙂
Edit: I gave up reading the series LOL- Too yawn-inducing
Happy reading folks!