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Book Review – The Death Cure

the death cure

Title: The Death Cure [The Maze Runner 3]

Author: James Dashner

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian

Length: 329

Rating: 3 Star

Series Review: 0.5, 1, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

It’s the end of the line.

WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends—the Gladers. But it’s finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test.

Will anyone survive?

What WICKED doesn’t know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it’s enough to prove that he can’t believe a word of what they say.

The truth will be terrifying.

Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He’ll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all.

The time for lies is over.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I was right. The overall experience of this series was a dud for me. I just found the whole thing just a tad dumb. The time investment to read this series isn’t worth it to me so I advise people just skip this series and watch the movies instead. There are very few times I suggest that, but here we are. Since this is the case I will not be warning about spoilers in this review. If you care about maybe reading something that happens in the movies stop reading. If you don’t care and don’t plan on reading the books (you shouldn’t) read on.

The plot for this book didn’t grab me at all. I was just kind of zoning in and out while read/listening to it and my brain has glossed over a great chunk of stuff that happened. I couldn’t tell you what happened in those chunks. Some potentially sad moments happened. One I really cared about and the other happened so quickly I didn’t get a chance to care about it much. Tom should have cared about it, but again, he seemed accept it and keep running. Parts of it did feel rushed and not very thought through. We had a new character name dropped a few times in the start because they have a ten second roll at the end. I think this person really should have had more of a roll in this book, if not the last one as well.

Now character development. Tom did none. He is one of the most boring and just stupid people I have ever read about really. He is also just a horrible friend. Newt had some development, but this is mostly because he caught the flare and goes crazy. Its a pretty easy way to develop a character. This was a good place for Tom to develop too but he completely missed the mark. Newt left him a note and said to open is when the time was right, a note that asked him to kill him. Throughout the series Tom has had this stupid and completely unrealistic ability to just KNOW things. Well, of course this is one of the only times he apparently doesn’t posses this gift and it takes him forever to actually kill Newt and by then he has suffered all the things he didn’t want to.

I also feel that he should have gotten over his bloody Teresa issues. We got in shoved in our faces how connected they were for nearly two whole books and the only bad thing he did to him was make him think that she was going to kill him, something that saved his life, and he couldn’t get over it. I would be all over the forgiving. Well Teresa since you didn’t kill me and have therefore saved my life we can go back to being chummy, just don’t jump out and scream book for awhile encase my I try to kill you back. Instead he lets all that ‘connection’ and ‘love’ just go and then when she dies saving his butt again he seems to get over it pretty damn quickly.

There was some action dealing with crazies in this book, and a bit of political dealings with WICKED, so these things kept the story interesting enough to make me read till the end. However, the huge gaping flaw that was this book is just unforgivable. You know that big question I have been pondering with the other two reviews? How sticking some kids in a maze with no memories, making them walk across a desert, face death daily, and test their emotions at every turn can stop people from going crazy pants? Well, that bloody question never gets answered. Not at any point in the book. We just get fed the same “It will help” line. Yes, but HOW?! I don’t know. Can’t tell you. Didn’t get an answer and it really doesn’t make any sense that it would help. They were supposed to chop open Tom and look at his brain at some point, so maybe there could have been an answer there, but there really should have been an idea as to how before they got the mind wiping, maze building, killing and brain playing part of the experiments.

There you have it. My very ranting book reviews are hopefully over now. I was going to read the prequel to the Maze Runner, but I think I should take my own advice and just drop the series here. If you liked this series, or found the answer to the big question, please let me know. Perhaps I missed something in one of those big chunks that are missing from my brain.

 

Till Next Time…

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Book Review – The Scorch Trials

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Title: The ScorchTrials [The Maze Runner 2]

Author: James Dashner

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian

Length: 359

Rating: 3.5 rounded up to 4 Star

Series Review: 0.5, 1, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end.

Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.

There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.

The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.

There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Firs off, thank god. I was so not prepared to read another book that was just as down right painful at the first one, but I think the second book was leaps and bounds ahead of he first. While there were some serious things I still had issues with I overall really enjoyed this book.

Lets do the negatives first shall we? I still think the quality of writing could have been improved. The indecision or suspense in this book is still just as forced as in the first book. These things are not ones we should feel like we are being forced to care about. At one point in the book Tom goes through some… lets call it issues with another character and from then on he is pretty much going on and on about how he can’t forgive them. This would be fine if we were not also getting moments of togetherness just pages after the event, and then back to but I cannot forgive them! Things like this should not be treated like an indecisive person would treat ordering off a new menu. I’ll take the steak. No the salad. Yes. No. Yes. *Internal screams*

This was a pivotal in plot, character development and plot progression, a point I should have cared about but instead I wished Tom would just shut up about it.

Plot wise this book was far far better. Things happened! And it wasn’t just pretend things happening, it was real things. I don’t remember many moments in this book where plot progression wasn’t happening. The character are always going through something. I think the only plot issue I had with the book were the fact a love triangle was introduced (a very boring one I might add) and the overall question of how all of this will help stop people from getting a mysterious illness. There is always the next book for that one though.

I found this book to be far more dark and serious than the first one and I think this was one of the main reasons I liked it more than the first. I did panic about a few things that happened, and the overall feel is a lot more haunting and disturbing. I think this is because we finally get to see how the people outside of the maze are living and suffering and we are not in this one little place of relative peacefulness. If you know, forget that some random put them there are took away their memories.

We got some new characters in this book but I really feel no different about any of them. Newt and Minho are still my favourites and everyone is just bland and bare and I have issues finding any depth to them. They all seem to just float through the book. Its a struggling kind of floating, but floating none the less because I didn’t feel anything for them.

In conclusion the plot of this book made it far more enjoyable to the first for me. However, it was still nothing totally amazing and because I didn’t like the first at all really I will not be suggesting that anyone start this series. If it ends on a wow I shall let you know, but with just these two books I don’t think its worth the time investment.

 

Till Next Time…

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Book Review – The Maze Runner

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Title: The Maze Runner [The Maze Runner 1]

Author: James Dashner

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian

Length: 371

Rating: 2.5 rounded down to 2 Star

Series Review: 0.5, 1, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he’s not alone. He’s surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade – a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone maze. Like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they came to be there – or what’s happened to the world outside.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I had heard many mixed reviews about this book and the series in general so I was a bit iffy about going into, and much like some of the books I am iffy with, I found the series on sale for $19 at target or something so I picked it up and thought I might as well give it ago. But then I was looking for something to listen to on my endless drives up and down from Brisbane to the Gold Coast and beyond and then back again so I got my hands on the audio books of it as well. If I had of spend more money on these books I would have been very very angry at the utter waste of money.

The first half, if not 3/4 of the book was so utterly boring that I became filled with rage at the sheer stupidity of it all. The writing style was excruciating. My mind was in pain at certain points because I could think of a hundred different ways that certain parts of the book could have been written that would have made it just so much better and the fact that I got what I did just seemed frankly a bit disrespectful to the readers. Am I not worth some editing? Are we, the buyers of your books, not worth some thought or effort? If I had not of been listening to an audio book of it and were actually reading the books, I don’t think I could have moved past this huge chunk of the book and actually get to the parts I rather enjoyed. The end is what bumped it up from 2 star to 3 star. Upon reading this review before publication, I decided that was way to generous. F you book, you are lucky you didn’t get a 1!

The issues I found with the first part of the book were simple. Nothing happens. Yes, they try to trick us into thinking things happen but it doesn’t. This book tries to be good with the idea that if you don’t know answers to the heaps of questions presented that makes the story interesting, but that doesn’t work so much when actually nothing ever happens. Oh we got a girl for a first time! Too bad she is in a coma for pretty much all the book and does nothing. Oh she can speak to Thomas’s mind? Too bad she does it very randomly, it very rarely makes sense, and Thomas denies it pretty much the entire time she is in the coma. Thomas asks a lot of questions, none of which are ever answered, ever really, throughout the entire book. Not through plot development, and not by any of the characters. “Why can’t I go into the maze at night?” We can’t just tell you there are monsters that will kill come out because that will make you go up and hug them. “Where are we?” No no, you are never going to work out or be able to handle being told we are inside a giant maze! The books tries so hard to be surprise and mysterious that is failed on all levels. You don’t need to shoot down EVERY SINGLE QUESTIONS THAT GETS ASKED EVER! Its called bloody plot development.

I also hated all the stupid nicknames that where given to everything. I think the word shank gets said more than the main characters name. No, that is not a clever made up word. None of them are. You are all so extremely stupid and annoying I wish you get killed off so the book ends I don’t have to keep hearing you talk.

I also felt zero connection or like to any of the characters. I thought they were flat and one dimensional and just so boring. At points they were dying left and right and I just did not give a toss. The only ones I liked where Newt and Minho, and I think this was in part to the life the voice actor was giving to the characters.

I found the Grievers really hard to picture which helped with the not being really afraid of them. So, they are like great bug slugs with metal bits poking out of them? Meh… I am not feeling that imagery.

Now liking the second half of the book was easy because stuff happened and it happened really quickly one after the other. I wont go into it even though lots of you already know what happens, but it kept me on the edge of my seat for the drive and I actually didn’t care if I hit traffic at any point because that meant I got to get more of the story. The end of the book was pretty intense.

I did really like the idea of this huge maze and kids who had no idea who they were and the things they did remember where planted and possibly not even true. I liked the idea of it all being just one great big test the kids had to go through for unknown reasons, and for the ending of the book I will continue with the next book, and because the other movie will be coming out sooner or later.

So yes, as a whole I think this book was a very big flop to say the very least. This book was so bad it actually fills me with rage to think of it. The action at the end and the idea of this test thing are the only parts I really liked about it, and I would hesitate to recommend this book to anyone when there are far better books of the genre out there. Also, since there are movies now you can do the whole thing in a much shorter time and that would be a better way for them to deal with it I think. This is not a must read for fans of the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games are far better, and fans best stay away lest they become sad with the comparison.

 

Till Next Time…