I recently finished The Maze Runner by James Dashner and…well, I liked it but I’ve still got some weird feels about it.
So, what’s this book about?
Well, the story follows a group, more specifically Thomas, who are trapped in a large maze. They remember nothing of their previous lives except for their first names. With the arrival of Thomas and the first girl Teresa things rapidly start to change and these kids only have a limited amount of time to solve the maze or circum to terrors of the maze.
I think this a very interesting idea. Hell, it’s part of the reason I picked up the book (the other reason is because Dylan O'Brien is starring in the movie). But an interesting isn’t the same as ‘good’ (which is a subjective term anyways).
I’ll start with the characters…the most important ones anyways. In this book we have Thomas, Teresa, Alby, Newt and Minho; a lot of characters to deal with but I think Dashner handles them very well. Even though some of the fake slang made me giggle and roll my eyes but these guys sound like teens. I believed that Dashner really caught their voices but still made them all distinct enough to be likable.
I honestly feel like Dashner did a better job with Thomas’ relations to the other boys than his relationship with Teresa. That whole thing just felt forced to me. I understand that they were supposed to have this connection that he was rediscovering but…it was just unnatural. Perhaps because it seemed so immediate as soon as she woke up. But I don’t know.
My favorite relationship in the book also happened between my two favorite characters, Newt and Alby. I could really feel their friendship and how they did care for each other, even though the book is told though Thomas’ eyes.
Overall I think this book is unbalanced. The beginning…well most of the book actually, we’re all confused about what’s going on. Again, this is because we experience things through Thomas’ eyes and he’s kept in the dark about a lot of things for most of the book and it was frustrating, as it was supposed to be but there;s a difference between the reader being frustrated and feeling the character’s frustration.
The last third of the book is really good. It’s fast pace and exciting but I’m not sure if it’s enough of a pay off for the rest of the book.
All in all I like this book well enough and am looking forward to the sequel. I really feel like this isn’t so bogged down with “dude” that it alienates ladies. I recommend reading this before watching the movie.