The edge of your seat action that mad me crank through all three books in as many days.
Absolutely, could not sleep, or eat. Had to finish this book.
While I genuinely enjoyed different aspects of this story, I couldn't get past the similarities to Hunger Games. Also, while I know the intended audience is YA, I had hoped that I could enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed the writing style of, Suzanne Collins. Needless to say, I didn't. But don't let that deter you from listening to this audio book.
James Dashner does bring some originality to this work, albeit while leaving huge gaping holes in his plot, forcing the reader to ask, "where did that come from?" Of course those questions are never answered in this first installment of his series, hoping that you'll catch the fire (sorry, couldn't resist as I'm caught up in my comparison) of the story.
I am mildly intrigued to discover the aftermath, but not enough to listen or read the subsequent books. More likely I will buy the prequel to this book that Dashner is set to release in AUG 2012, and hope that gives me enough insight to satisfy my curiosity.
Hunger Games meets Lord of the Flies. Fun. A little less emotional. Good mystery. Easy to follow even if you are not concentrating.
Ex-military high school math teacher.
Out think yourself
Thomas, he tries to overcome an unknown yet regretable past, and help those around him.
Newt was done very well
I enjoyed it, and the author seemed to think of everything
Must read the rest of the series.
I was warned that this was a "tween" novel (or a novel written for teenagers) but I expected it to be a little more mature than it was. It was more immature than the Hunger Games series. I liked the idea of the story about the seemingly inexplainable maze but it was a little flaky for me. The timing was a little off in that the author would all of a sudden say it had been a week when nothing had really happened or sometimes after a conversation, suddenly an entire day was supposed to have passed. I would have enjoyed it more if I were at the age group for which the book was written (I'm in my early 30s).
I went into this book ready to really enjoy the story. But the writing style got in the way a bit. I liked the ideas and concepts, but the main character (Thomas) did not make me like him. I never bought into him as the hero. Also, it always seemed like whenever the story got stuck, something would just happen so that Thomas was given the next peice of the puzzle. I couldn't help comparing this book to The Hunger Games, and it really couldn't stand up next to that comparison. That being said, I am intrigued enough to know the answers to the mystery that I will probably keep reading the series. It wasn't a bad read, it just wasn't as good as I'd hoped.
The narration was very good, though. The narrator gave everyone a very distict voice which made it easier to keep the boys straight.
I would recommend this book to younger readers (preteens and teens). It is clean and an exciting story.
In pursuit of truth, justice, and an end to spoilers!
I really enjoyed this one, and I'm a grown-up! It's strong on plot and the pace never slows -- there's a lot of action in this book. The story came to at least part of a conclusion, but the big picture is far from done at the end of this book. Fun book, and I'll happily continue on with this series!
The made-up cuss words like "clunk" seemed clunky themselves at first, but I adjusted quickly. This is a children's book, after all. Why there was only ever one girl in the story has yet to make sense either, so we'll have to see if that's ever explained.
There are some scary parts that might be too much for younger readers. Aggressive icky things drag victims screaming to their doom or chase them around the maze from the title. The camera doesn't fade to black during those times, which will either make the story more exciting or too scary, depending on the reader. An earlier reviewer mentioned this being a little much for his 10-year-old, and I'm not surprised. Age is relative, but parents might want to keep this in mind.
I thought this book was good. The book was very well read by the narrator. The book did keep my interest, and I listened to it rather quickly. I would recommend this book for any age.
The book is interesting enough, however it fails to answer many of the readers questions and forces one to read the sequels. really leaves reader hanging, kinda frustrating.
it's a girl ;)
It was just a few weeks after I made an account here, and I came across this book oneday. Didn't seem like a big deal at first; just a mild SF story.
Never in my life have I come across a book that affected me this much. Don't ponder on the summary!
I promise you: read this book and you'll never regret it. Never.