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Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

6186357Title: The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner #1)

Author: James Dashner

Published: October 6th, 2009 by Delacorte Press

Length: 348 pages (eBook)

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Source: Library

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

 

book blurb

(from Goodreads)

If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.

my review

INITIAL THOUGHTS

Obviously, I had heard a lot about this book, the good and the bad. Honestly, my expectations were not that high. I don’t know. I just wasn’t that excited about this book. And of course, I’ve seen the movie preview. I wanted to watch it, but I wasn’t in any hurry…until last week, when my husband said he would watch it without me if I didn’t hurry up and read the book (one of my rules that he constantly gets annoyed with). So I caved and borrowed it from the library.

WHAT I LIKED

The suspenseful plot. I went to sleep at 5 this morning because I pretty much devoured the last half of the book last night. I was on the edge of my seat the entire book. It was intense. At the beginning, you really have no idea what’s going on. And I loved that! I really enjoyed making discoveries right along with Thomas. I mean, he had no idea who he was. He woke up and only knew his name. Of course, I was hooked right then and there. I HAD to know what was going on. Plus, the way the story unfolded kept me on my toes. You gradually find out more and more, which kept me intrigued. The pace was perfect, in my opinion.

The characters. Even though the book consisted of pretty much only boys, I really liked that. It reminded me of Lord of the Flies. I was so interested in how a bunch of kids, especially boys, were able to create this society/community of their own. There were about 50 of them, give or take, but we really get to know Alby, Newt, Chuck, and Minho. Oh Minho. I loved this guy. He came off as this smart, confident, funny, tough guy who seemed to be unafraid of anything, but there were moments where you’re reminded that he’s still just a kid trying to survive in circumstances that no kid should ever be in. Then, there’s Thomas and Teresa, and I was intrigued by these newbies just as much as everyone else, especially Thomas. He seemed so determined and crazy brave. I wanted to know why!

The end. Ahh! You gotta be kidding me! That’s how it ends?! Thankfully, I don’t have to wait for the sequel (but I might need to read something else first if I care about getting any sleep). Even after reading this, I stayed up even later just thinking about what’s going to happen. The ending was perfect. THAT is how you end the first book of a series.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

In the beginning, the unique language they use took some getting used to. I was like, “What the hell does shuck and shank and klunk mean?!” But as I kept reading, I started liking it. It made their own little world that much more distinctive and charming (if you can call living in a maze charming). I liked it. But I do understand why some people had issues with it.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

Wow. Just wow. This was an amazing book. It was so much more than I expected. Okay, I will be the first to admit that what I usually look for in a book is some kind of romance, so when I enjoy a book that hardly has any romance, that is what absolutely impresses me. I constantly said to myself, “Wow. This would make a great movie! Oh wait. It already is!” And I cannot wait to watch it (even though the movie rarely meets my expectations). The suspense, the mystery, the action all had my heart racing and my blood pumping. No wonder I couldn’t sleep! Kudos to James Dashner for writing a series that I know I will love for years to come.

five hearts

5 out of 5 Hearts!


about the author

(from Goodreads)

James is the author of THE MAZE RUNNER trilogy and THE 13TH REALITY series. He also published a series (beginning with A DOOR IN THE WOODS) with a small publisher several years ago. He lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains.

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Reading Challenges Met:

Bookish Bingo: Holiday 2015

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

The Color Coded Reading Challenge

Full House Reading Challenge

I Love Libraries Reading Challenge

The Mad Reviewer Reading Challenge

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Book Review: Everything You and I Could Have Been If We Weren’t You and I by Albert Espinosa

 25700476-2Title: Everything You and I Could Have Been If We Weren’t You and I

Author: Albert Espinosa

Publisher: Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial

Length: 107 Pages (on my Nook)

Genre: Science Fiction (but it says YA on NetGalley)

My Rating: ❤❤

 

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Can you imagine a future where everyone has given up sleeping?

From the creator of the television series Red Band Society and author of the international bestseller The Yellow World comes this uniquely special novel.

What if I could reveal your secrets with just a glance? And what if I could feel with your heart just by looking at you? And what if –in a single moment– I could know that we were made for each other? Marcos has just lost his mother, a famous dancer who taught him everything, and he decides that his world can never be the same without her. Just as he is about to make a radical change, a phone call turns his world upside down.

My Review:

First things first. I actually really liked the cover. The title, which I LOVE, is the focus, as it should be, making it very simple in a pretty perfect way. I was intrigued from the start.

Let me start with the positives. The writing style was incredible. I was hooked from pretty much the first line. I knew right away that Albert Espinosa is clearly talented. And there were so many thought-provoking sentences and phrases. I was constantly highlighting my Nook throughout the entire book so that I could look back at them. He made me look at life, death, and even pillows in a completely different way, which was awesome and so unexpected.

HOWEVER, for me, I felt like the plot was a little all over the place. The constant back and forth between the past and present made it a little difficult to follow at times and made what the book was about very unclear. And the storyline was just strange. That’s really the only word I can use to describe it. It started off fairly interesting with the main character trying to decide if he should get this new popular injection that makes you stay awake FOREVER and never need sleep, which I was curious about. But then it turns into this weird cross between Inception and E.T. and some movie about a sex-obsessed mother who talks to her child WAY too often about sex that I’m sure exists somewhere in Hollywood. Yes, it got a little weird.

Overall, I was disappointed. I had such high hopes for this book, especially when I saw that the author was the creator of Red Band Society, which is a great show by the way. Don’t get me wrong though. The writing was SO good, which made it very difficult for me to give it less than 3 stars, but the plot and the weird fascination with sex negatively impacted my opinion of the book. BUT, I would definitely check out Espinosa’s other books because I love the writing style.

*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*