Friday, March 4, 2011

CBR III Review #35-#36: The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

CBR III Review #35: The Maze Runner (Maze Runner Trilogy, Book 1) by James Dashner

The story begins when Thomas wakes up in an elevator.  His memory is gone.  He remembers nothing about himself or his past, but his name.  After Thomas wakes up he finds himself surrounded by 60 or so young teenage boys who  like him found themselves waking up on an elevator with no idea of who they are other than their name.  A new boy arrives every 30 days and the first boy arrived over 2 years ago.  They live in an environment they call "the glade" it is a self contained environment that is surrounded by a maze.  Every day the boys attempt to solve the maze in hopes of find a way of of the glade, but so far they have be unable too.  To make matters worse the maze is filled with strange murderous creatures called Grievers.  The day after Thomas arrives a comatose girl arrives, the first female ever to arrive at the glade.  She is also the first person to arrive where there was not a 30 day break in arrivals. After her arrival things began to change and Thomas works to solve the mystery of the maze and who has put them in this strange and horrifying situation.

The Maze Runner has a great premise, but because it's also a trilogy nothing is ever truly resolved. You get a rushed explanation of why these boys were put in the maze, that doesn't make any damn sense.  I loved the fact the novel was truly unique and I found myself invested in certain characters but the lack of resolution drove me insane also the Grievers came across as more humorous than terrifying, but maybe I lack imagination.  However, because the second novel was all ready out I decided to give it a try.....I wanted answers damn it.

Product Details

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (August 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385737955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385737951
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  

 CBR III Review #36: The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner Trilogy, Book 2) by James Dashner

Damn it I knew this was going to be a trilogy  but I thought I may get more answers if I read the second novel.  That was the flaw in my logic.  They have another whole book to write why make the second one answer anything.

I think it goes without saying I'm about to spoil things that happened in The Maze Runner, so either stop reading or keep on reading and you can skip both novels. 


The boys escape the Maze in the first novel to find out that earth has been essentially destroyed by a solar flare.  Apparently, the solar flare killed the majority of the population  and those that were not killed are being slowed turned into zombie like creatures.  Actually it's more like rabies and intense hysteria, but I'm calling it zombie disease.  There is a cure but it's very very very expensive.  The boys find out they were put in the maze to be tested.  Apparently these test are important and  can help save humanity.  Is there anymore explanation? Not a lot. In the novel, you are never sure who Thomas should trust and you really do become attached to certain characters..but why is all this happening???

The Scorch Trials picks up right after The Maze Runner ends.  The boys are placed in phase two of testing.  They must make it across the scorched earth to a place called Safe Haven where they have been promised the cure to the zombie disease that apparently all the boys were immediately affected with once they escaped the maze.  How's that for a congratulations on surviving. If the second book has offered up some answers to questions brought up in the first book I would have enjoyed the series. I hate the fact I have to wait for yet another book to come out before I get even the simplest of answers.

Product Details

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385738757
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385738750
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  


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