The Maze Runner is a fun and entertaining read. The mysteries of the maze and the community the gladers have built is interesting and exciting to discover and just when you get comfortable with the story something develops and the next thing you know you've been listening for another hour or two.
This is a great book but it does have some mild fighting and death in it as other reviewers have pointed out. It does describe some of the fighting/gore in detaill so I wouldn't recommend it for children (8-13) but I think teenagers and older would enjoy it.
I enjoyed this book and thought that the narration was good.
The book is interesting for the first 30 minutes and then drags for an hour or so but once your're into it 2 hours it is great This book takes place in two worlds/dimensions, the "real world" and Incarceron. I found the portions about Incarceron to be more interesting, probably because it is a new and foreign world. The chapters in the book flip focus back and forth between Incarceron and the "real world". One chapter is about Incarceron, the next is about the "real world" and so on.
The book focuses on the parallel lives of the two main characters: Fin and Claudia. Both are trying to escape their own prisons, Finn who is literally trapped in Incarceron and Claudia whose life is like a prison.
This is a great book and I would and have recommended it to others. The world, people, creatures and concept of Incareceron is creative, interesting and entertaining.
I look forward to the second book: Sapphique, which should be released in Dec 2010.
Incarceron is a lot like Elantris by Brandon Sanderson. If you like Elantris then you will like Incarceron and vise versa.
Who will survive the Scorch Trials? This book literally begins right where The Maze Runner left off. The Gladers believe they have escaped WICKED and are beginning a new life but those who read the epilogue from The Maze Runners know that WICKED actually has the Gladers right where they want them.
If you enjoyed The Maze Runner then you will love The Scorch Trials.
The narrator Mark Deakins does a great job; if you enjoyed him in The Maze Runner then you will enjoy him in The Scorch Trials. He brings life and personality to each individual character.
This book does contain more graphic content than The Maze Runner, if you did not like descriptions of the final battle between the Gladers and the Grievers then you will probably not enjoy portions of this book.
I enjoyed this book and cannot what for the third installment.
I have read Graceling and Fire and have come to the realization that these books are not my style, however you may like them.
This book is about the self discovery of the main character; Fire. She is the last human monster in the Dells and is asked by king Nash to use her powers to help save his kingdom.
I think that Fire is better and more complete than Graceling, however to me, Kristen Cashores books focus more on relationships than story development. Her books are like a pirate on his/her death bed who after spending a lifetime trying to find treasure with no luck realizes that the real treasures in life were the people they met and the experiences they had.
I much rather read about the adventures of the pirate than the friends of the pirate.
I still give the book four stars because the book is well written and is interesting but I have realized that her style of writing is not my forte but that doesn't mean it is bad.
First of all, the full cast narration for me was difficult to get through and at times distracting (like the little jingles when the main character runs)
Overall the story is good but not great, wished the author would have done more. (I read Fire before writing this review and still feel like the author could do so much more)
The author has some really great ideas but to me they are never fully developed. The concept of a graceling, the powers, the limitations, the types, is all very intriguing but not explained in depth. The author does explain two or three types of graceling powers but left me wanting to know much more about the graceling concept.
The book really focuses on two main characters and glosses over the other characters. There seems to be a lot of traveling that doesn't advance the storyline. Events do happen while the characters travel but overall they are insignificant.
Once you’re a quarter into the book the rest of the storyline is pretty obvious, no big surprises.
If you are looking for a book about an unprecedented assassin as other reviews would lead you to believe, this is not your book. This book focuses more on relationships between characters.
Overall it is an alright book but could have been amazing if the author would have done more.
I have read Fire and intend to read Bitterblue when it is release.
Side Note: I consider myself to be fairly conservative and in no way did this book offend me as it relates to the act of sex, fornication or an anti-marriage message. Other reviewers make it sound horrendous and it is not.
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