I’m going to keep this one short. The Maze Runner is just ok.
This book came highly recommended so I was somewhat surprised that it was not particularly well written. A bland protagonist (and supporting characters were equally one-dimensional) and weak dialogue had me struggling to get through the middle 50% of the book.
The concept is interesting-ish. It could have been Lord of the Flies meets Hunger Games. A bunch of boys stuck in a maze and they have no memories of who they were before they arrived, why they were placed there, or how to escape? That’s gold. Unfortunately, the flimsy writing sold it short.
I’d invest time in a better, more fleshed out dystopian YA novel (hint: The 5th Wave)…or see the movie, which, admittedly, looks pretty awesome.
Book: The Maze Runner
Author: James Dashner
Type: The definition of overhyped.
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