Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Scorch Trials - The Maze Runner #2

I was looking forward to The Scorch Trials but it was a huge let down. While I understand the series is a trilogy I really hoped for a little more information on what was going on. At times I had to force myself to keep reading and The Scorch Trials had several boring parts that did not really seem to fit the story well.

The story starts out with a good deal of filler and to me at least it did not seem the real story started until several chapters in. Once the plot picked up it got a bit more interesting but after a chapter or so of the same thing occurring I was quickly bored with things.

Thomas started out as a very interesting character and I loved the growth he showed in The Maze Runner. I saw none of that growth in The Scorch Trials. Seems like the only thing that Thomas did was fall asleep or pass out which got old fast. Instead of trying to work at figuring things out Thomas just seemed a bit content to let other people do the work and seemed to give up many times.

Another huge disappointment was Teresa, I liked the route that was being taken with her in The Maze Runner but that seems to have been forgotten for The Scorch Trials. Teresa was not around much of the time and when she was around I was like what the heck is going on. I hope for more of her in The Death Cure and hopefully her parts will be more solid.

While the writing flowed smoothly the jittery plot and repetitiveness of things with Thomas just had me wanting The Scorch Trials to end. 

The overall feel I got for The Scorch Trials was Dashner did not know where he was going with the story so he just went all over the place with the plot which was not the best strategy. If not for the teaser of the third book at the end I would not bother to continue the series.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Maze Runner

I had been meaning to read The Maze Runner for awhile and seeing it was made into a movie motivated me to finally start it.

First off I was totally freaked out by the whole book. The Grievers sent shivers up and down my spine to the point that I had to stop and take a step back from The Maze Runner a few times. A few other parts got to me as well but I don't want to post spoilers.

Tom was an interesting character and while he seemed to grow I had a few issues with the way he handled some things that happened to him. Tom was very inquisitive when he first arrived in the maze and had a million questions. That seemed to die down as the story progressed but never left totally. 

Teresa immediately had me intrigued and I instantly wanted to know more about her. Sadly not much information was provided on her and I hope future books explore her character more. 

The writing was fast paced, interesting, and well done. I could not wait to keep turning the pages to learn what was going to happen to the boys. Like usual I saw a couple grammar mistake but nothing so blaring that it took away the enjoyment of the plot line.

While some questions were answered I was left with a lot of burning ones which is the driving factor in me to want to read the next book in the series.