The Maze Runner series review

THE MAZE RUNNER

my rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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. 

Plot:

Okay, wow. This plot was so amazingly awesome and incredible and is beyond words. I had actually seen the movie first, but was pleasantly surprised by how much better and different the book was–which Is saying something because I love the movie. I was drawn in by the first page. Most people said the first half was boring, but I would say the opposite. It was interesting and exciting, but I felt a little unplugged from the story. That was entirely on my behalf, though. 

Writing:

James Dashner’s writing wasn’t the highest quality out there, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. He’s now one of my favorite authors after I read this book. For some reason, I feel like his writing matches the story. I can’t explain, but it just feels right. 

Characters:

I received an interesting batch of characters with this book. Every single one of them was clearly different. Some of them annoyed me, but others made me laugh and grin. I happened to notice lots of character difference from the movie and the book. For instance, Alby is WAY more annoying in the book, and Thomas and Teresa are much more awe-inspiring. I found their connection to be a great puzzle piece in this book. 

Overall:

I finally joined the Maze Runner Fandom! Boy am I glad I did. It has a gripping plot with compelling characters. James Dashner succeeds with making a great story. 

Recommendations:

Probably mature 12+. I found it not to have near as much violence as the movie or The Kill Order book. The violence would bother most 12 year olds, though. It just so happens that violence doesn’t bother me.

THE SCORCH TRIALS

My rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Summary:

Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. 

Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch. 

There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.

The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them. 

Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off. 

There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive. 

Plot:

I thought this plot was brilliant, action-packed, and awesome. It was full of mystery, despair, betrayal, and so much more. I was hooked from page 1. There was so many plot twists that left my mouth hanging open. I found myself way more surprised in this book than the last, because I hadn’t seen the movie. However, I just saw the movie and it was 100% different from the book. They totally butchered it in all the wrong ways. 

Writing:

I know lots do people don’t like James Dashner’s writing style, and some say it isn’t high quality, well I think the opposite. I love his writing and his books, and he’s my third favorite author as of today. 

Characters:

There was definitely a lot of character development in this novel. I got to see many different sides of characters, and even some betrayals. 

Overall:

This is definitely a book worthy of its sequel. I’m so glad I FINALLY picked this up, and can’t wait to read the next. The plot, writing, characters were all so well written, and this is a great book. 

Recommendations:

Probably 13+. It was much more violent than The Maze Runner, but it wasn’t WAY OVER THE TOP violent. I would recommend this Dystopia, post-apocalyptic, scifi book series to everyone.

THE DEATH CURE

my rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Summary:

It’s the end of the line.

WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends—the Gladers. But it’s finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test.

Will anyone survive?

What WICKED doesn’t know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it’s enough to prove that he can’t believe a word of what they say.

The truth will be terrifying.

Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He’ll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all. 

The time for lies is over. 

Plot:

I cannot even begin to describe my feelings for this book. I LOVE IT SO MUCH. I wish that I had read this a lifetime sooner, and I’m sad that I postponed it for so long. This is by far the best out of the series, and Im still in shock from what happened in this book. There was so many plot twists that I did not see coming, and it took my heart and twisted it in knots. 

Characters:

*MINOR SPOILERS IN THIS SECTION*

****

****

****

There were solid characters in The Death Cure. I don’t care what people say, I love Teresa AND Brenda. Everybody says they hate Teresa because she “betrayed” Thomas, but she faked it because she thought they would kill him. Okay, but seriously, I felt Teresa should’ve played a bigger part in this book. Thomas was mad at her the whole time, and that bugged me half to death. But I also love Brenda, too. It really surprised me when they announced she worked for WICKED. Although, she is on Thomas’ side, not WICKED’s. It was pure awesomeness when Brenda turned on the guards and took them out; I was not expecting that!

Overall & Recommendations:

This was the best book of the entire series. The Death Cure definitely bumped The Maze Runner series onto my top 5 favorite series. I don’t know why this book has a lower average rating: it’s pure awesomeness! Everyone alive needs to read this series, it’s such a great start to dystopian. 12+.

THE KILL ORDER

my rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Summary:

Thirteen years before Thomas entered the maze, before the Flare devastated most of the world’s population, Mark and his crush Trina survive a natural apocalypse caused by sun flares. Now, a year after the flares hit, Mark and Trina are living in a survivors settlement. But Mark is still burdened by dreams of the tragedy that brutally took the lives of most of the world, including, he assumes, his family. One day, a large airship known as a Berg appears over their settlement. Believing that they’re being rescued, the settlers emerge from their huts only to be showered with darts that carry a deadly disease. Most die instantly. But for some, the disease takes a different effect.

Plot:

I absolutely loved this plot! Personally, I love all the action and loss and tons of feels. Every single page, something exciting and vital was happening. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. The plot twists were complete genius.

Writing:

James Dashner’s writing isn’t high quality, but I still really like it. For some reason, at the beginning, it reminded me of Gary Paulsen’s writing. Also, I felt like his writing continued to get better as the story went along. 

Characters:

This hurts my heart to talk about the characters. Oh wow, they were all so great (good guys of course). I especially loved Alec. He was old and wise, but super strong and knew exactly what to do in situations. When needed, he could be gentle and caring. 

Overall:

I’m so glad I read this amazing book. I don’t why I didn’t read this sooner! Writing was okay, plot was extraordinary, and the characters were so lovable. Maze Runner is now calling to me. 

Recommendations:

This was a super violent book, the most violent I’ve read. I would recommend it to mature 13+. As a 12 year old, it didn’t bother me, but I know that’s rare for my age. Going into this book, have caution for there is disturbing content.

THE FEVER CODE

My rating:⭐️⭐️.5

Page count:347

SPOILERS

2.5

Summary From Goodreads:

Once there was a world’s end.

The forests burned, the lakes and rivers dried up, and the oceans swelled.

Then came a plague, and fever spread across the globe. Families died, violence reigned, and man killed man.

Next came WICKED, who were looking for an answer. And then they found the perfect boy.

The boy’s name was Thomas, and Thomas built a maze.

Now there are secrets.

There are lies.

And there are loyalties history could never have foreseen. 

This is the story of that boy, Thomas, and how he built a maze that only he could tear down.

All will be revealed.

Plot:

“The Trials are upon us, folks. Let’s dig in”

I was sooo excited going into this book, but soon my hopes were diminished when there was NO ACTION. I kept waiting, and waiting, and waiting. I kid you not, not one drop of blood. Does that sound like the Maze Runner series to you? Anyways, I’m still torn on if I’m For or against WICKED. I think their motives were good, but the way they went about things was terrible. When Thomas was 5, WICKED tortured him because he wouldn’t forget his old name! He was 5 YEARS OLD! And then, they also tortured Minho to show all the kids WICKED was in charge.

“WICKED is good”

Umm… I think not. But then Aris made a good point: 

“If you could save a billion people by killing a million people, shouldn’t you do it?… I’d rather kill a million than a billion.”

Gah! So many mixed emotions towards WICKED! 

“Its gotta stop, Teresa. All of this has to STOP. I mean it.”

Basically, there was quite a bit of secrets spilled, but nothing that Dashner hadn’t already hinted at, or fans had already predicted. However, at the end, Dr. Paige betrayed Thomas, which I did not see coming. 

Characters:

NEWT- An interesting fact was he was not originally supposed to go to WICKED, but they took him when they took his sister. 

CHUCK- It was kinda cool seeing Thomas’ unique relationship with Chuck. Thomas really cared about him. 

TERESA-What THE even heck! I just went back and read her diary in the ending and realized it said she had her memory throughout the entire trials!!! I can’t even believe it. She sure is a good actress. I DID NOT see that coming. 

I like all the characters that Dashner has created in this unique dystopian world, but I can never get attached to them. He writes them in a way where they don’t have enough depth to be automatically attached.  

Overall & Recommendations:

I was pretty disappointed in this book. There was next to NO ACTION. Given that it’s a Maze Runner book, I was expecting blood and gore. Thankfully, the nostalgia factor and the ending made me bump it to 3 stars (2.5). I would recommend this amazing series (not including this book) to all sci-fi/dystopia fans. 11+.


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