On my side table I usually have five or six books of different genres. After reading James book, I immediately picked up another book to read, like I normally do. The book was okay but I didn't feel it was worth my time right then so I closed the book.
I picked up another book the next day and couldn't identify with the character. I shut the book.
On my third book I read about three chapters and returned it to the library.
Where are all the good books? I wondered. Why can't I find another book with layered plots, twists and characters?
That is what James Dashner has done to my reading; he's ruined my light reading. After reading Maze runner, I found I was easily dissatisfied with the books on my side table. So I took a break from reading for TWO weeks. I haven't read a book quite like Maze Runner.
I take that back.
I've read books on apocalyptic days.
I've read books about kids stuck on an island/forest/town and have to learn to govern themselves and try to get home.
I've read books were a kid is called on to save the world/planet/universe only he didn't know that's what he was doing.
Thomas, the main character, wakes up in a elevator traveling upwards and the only thing he can remember is his name. Other boys have been sent to the Glade but they have no idea why. Everyday doors open to a maze and a handful of boys run it, bringing back a map in their heads of what the section they ran looks like.
The boys have learned survival. some cook, come bag and bury dead bodies.
And some run.
But everything changes when a girl is sent up in the elevator with a message.
I like to figure out the twists in books and movies before they happen. I figured out the twist in Sixth Sense a fourth of the way into the movie.
Mr. Dashner strung my prideful self out as I smugly figured out a twist in the plot then BAM! He twisted it again. I figured out the maze clue, then Dashner added another layer to it. I figured out the Grievers then he added a twist. I figured out the serum right from the beginning but I'm sure there is more of a twist to come. I also figured out the ending but not the twist right before it.
And my prideful self has made a few predictions in book #2.
I didn't figure out the names in the book until I read the explanation from a character. I liked it! I'm glad Dashner didn't put that bit of info early or it might have distracted me.
The book is dark. I hated reading about the pain and death the boys went through. And I was frustrated right alongside them. Why were they there? Who put them there? and why were their memories erased?
On negative: I got tired of reading the word 'shuck'. Too close to another word and I figured it might be intentional.
I liked the way Dashner ended the book. Not a major cliff hanger like Hunger Games; Dashner was kind enough to let his readers down slowly but with a good hook at the very end.
I'm not sure I can say I'm anxiously waiting for book #2 because it might ruin my reading habits for a few weeks and I will wonder what twists and turns Dashner will take me on again. I might wait for #3 to come out before I finish the trilogy...