Maybe I'm wrong and as the story goes on it gets better, but after about 2 hrs of listening I just couldn't talk it anymore!! I would NOT recommend this to a friend...or even an enemy!
Pam can often be found singing many of The Wiggles songs while simultaneously reading a book in rhyme and drinking coffee.
I loved the character development.
When Minho and Thomas survive the night in the maze.
I love Mark's characterization of Newt.
I was hurt at the end. I can't believe what happened to Chuck. I actually thought it would be Newt.
If you are a reader of books that you should get this book. If you like dystopian you should get this book. If you like boys you should get this book. If you like coming of age you should get this book. If you like good books you should get this book!
I love Sci Fi but this one just couldn't keep my attention. I really had high hopes for the whole series. I think it will make a better movie.
Yes, it's a fun sci-fi/fantasy story with lots of action and a different take on post-armeggeddon survival. The mystery unravels just quickly enough to keep you hooked but slowly enough to keep you guessing.
The main character has a bit of Ender in him - precocious and tough.
The maze escape scene was a nail-biter!
No, it's not that emotionally moving, but it did raise questions about how far you would go for survival and doesn't give easy answers.
The female characters were so one-dimensional that it was impossible to distinguish them, other than by name. The male characters had a little more to them, but in general the character development was weak. What made the story interesting were the values that the main character embodies - courage, action without hesitation, self-control in the face of fear and anger and integrity. He is a character that you can root for and admire.
The Maze runner is a decent dystopian - not bringing anything new to the genre but interesting enough to keep you reading and trying to solve the mystery of the maze. The book is written purposely teen juvenile - representing the "Lord of the Flies" type of situation in which the characters find themselves. But ultimately I was left a bit disaffected by the whole experience. The spark of cleverness I expected to find at the end just didn't materialize.
Story: Thomas wakes up on an elevator that deposits him in the Glade - a giant open area surrounded completely by a steel walled maze. He has no memory of his past, as do none of the other boys there, but instincts are pushing him to go out into the Maze and fight the bio mechanical monsters within. The next day, a a girl shows up clutching a note: she is the last. And no more supplies come after that. It becomes that much more imperative that the boys solve the Maze and escape before their food runs out.
What started out strongly, with great mystery and clues, never capitalized on that promise. From really idiotic choices by the author (such as naming an organization W.I.C.K.E.D. - really??) to the whole world and reasons for the boys being there making no particular sense at all. I typically have to shut off my logic half for a lot of YA books but this ended up ridiculous. To say the ending reveal was anticlimactic is an understatement.
At first, I thought we would be dealing with a YA version of the movie The Cube. But that didn't happen (in both a good and a bad way). Most of the characters in the Maze Runner were very one dimensional and with no surprises (unlike the robust cast of the Cube). And the traps in the maze ended up being one thing: the bio mechanical creatures. I think I would have enjoyed some really creative traps, all of a diverse nature, instead. It would have made more sense in perspective of the ending reveal. Or, in the very least, characters with all kinds of motivations and failings, as in the Cube.
In all, I couldn't help wishing there was more to The Maze Runner: more nuances, more depth, and a lot more thought gone into the reason for the Maze (or even the maze's mechanics themselves).
I listened to the audible version and the narrator did a decent, not great, job.
It was incredibly slow, perhaps the narrator contributed to this. I had a very difficult time paying attention, the story just didn't grab me,
Perhaps a good book for a teen.
People who dont mind a lot of violence and reading about children being killed might like this more. I dont think the story needed so much killing.
the first time thomas went into the maze
when the Grievers went off the cliff
curiosity over where the books story was headed
I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audible allows me to keep up with all my favorite authors while on the hiking trail. Thanks, Audible!
This is an entertaining listen, but I wouldn't recommend it. It is too predictable.
Never read the print version of this book. I'm not sure it would make a difference in my opinion of the book.
Most of the characters were forgettable. None really stuck with me.
I listen to all my books over weeks at a time. Drive time to work and home, so no more than a couple hours a day. I don't think this book would cause me to want to listen straight through.
This is one of the few books series I don't plan to finish.
I like dystopian novels. This one was a great start to a series. I am curious as to where the next book might lead to. But this first book was extremely well written. I listened to the whole book in two sittings. Very exciting and not many, but enough stops to take a breath. Unwinding a tale for someone that is totally clueless as to what is going on. Great way to start a book.