I prefer reading books before their corresponding movies come out on the big screen. I wanted to read The Maze Runner before the movie would be released this September. What I didn’t plan on was reading the whole trilogy plus the prequel. Let me tell you about these books. (PS: Add me on Goodreads to keep updated on what I’m reading!)
Oh, and yes, there’s a slight spoiler alert because I am talking about four books here.
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
This is the first book in the trilogy. It’s about a boy named Thomas. He arrives in a strange place with a huge maze. He has no idea who the other boys in this area are and he can’t remember anything besides his first name.
All the other boys’ memories were wiped too. Thomas slowly begins to learn how these boys live a daily life. He learned more about the maze, such as how no one has ever survived a night in it before. Then, what seems to be the impossible happens: A girl arrives.
But why is this impossible? The place where Thomas found himself is full of boys, and only boys. This girl, Teresa, delivers a message to everyone, which changes the course of how things were going.
I read this book on my Kindle, which are all the images you’ll see to the right throughout this post.
I read mixed reviews about this book before I started reading it, but I ended up really liking it!
The book is told in Thomas’ point of view. When I was younger, I rarely read books in a boy’s perspective. I find them different, yet intriguing.
The Maze Runner truly took me on an adventure. James Dashner’s creativity and attention to detail never failed me. This book was one I kept reading and couldn’t put down. What surprised me the most was that nothing was too predictable. I think that’s what I liked about it the most. I love action and adventure books and this one definitely deserves two thumbs up.
I liked this book so much, I decided I had to know what happened next, so I downloaded the second book in the trilogy.
***Reminder: Spoiler alert! (Only small ones, but still!)***
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
This is the second book in the trilogy. The maze is solved! Woohoo! But, not really. Everyone thought solving the maze meant freedom and an actual life to live. Little did they know, they were in for another grueling journey.
The Gladers escaped from the maze only to be thrown into a situation where they’d all have to work together. We saw a lot of Thomas, Minho, Newt, Alby, Chuck and Teresa in the first book. In this second book, Thomas is left with those who escaped the maze and survived. Instead of going at it alone or in pairs like before, now the crew has to work together for survival.
You meet some new characters and there are new challenges the Gladers face. Friendships and emotions are tested.
I was utterly surprised at how much I liked this book. In my experiences, I’ve loved the first in a series, but didn’t like the rest as much. I liked The Scorch Trials as much as I liked The Maze Runner.
I enjoyed how the challenges everyone faced weren’t similar to the challenges of the maze. Dashner does a great job at introducing new characters.
This book kept me on my toes, especially trying to figure out what was going on with Thomas and Teresa.
After I finished it, I couldn’t just stop there. I knew it would bug me if I didn’t know the ending of the whole story, so I downloaded the third book in the trilogy.
The Death Cure by James Dashner
This is the third book in the trilogy. For a place with the acronym WICKED and the slogan, “WICKED is good,” you’ve got to wonder what’s happening.
To get their memories back or not, that’s the question. But it’s a no brainer, right?
The Gladers are the ones everyone is counting on to save the world. It’s crazy when you think about how everyone’s a child-teenager.
Dashner’s last book in the trilogy takes everyone through a different kind of adventure. The atmosphere is different. The tasks are different. & The group has shrunk significantly.
Who’s telling the truth? Who’s telling lies? Who’s there to trust?
I liked this book, but I didn’t love it.
What exactly prompted me to read the prequel? Well, I wanted to learn more about Thomas’ life.
The Kill Order by James Dashner
If I could’ve given this book 0/5 stars, I would’ve. Or maybe 0.5/5 stars.
This is the prequel to The Maze Runner series. Maybe I should’ve read the description of the book before buying it. That would’ve saved some money.
What I was looking forward to was reading about Thomas’ past and Teresa’s past. I wanted to read about Thomas’ life before the maze, and maybe about his parents.
What I got wasn’t what I expected.
This prequel is about Mark, Alec, Trina and Lana. They are four friends who find themselves in the midst of the Flare. It’s the first time the outbreak happens and the first time WICKED is introduced to everyone.
These four go through a journey much like Thomas did, however their knowledge of what was going on around them was a bit different.
A special little girl named DeeDee is also introduced in this book. Everything ties together when you think about this prequel and the rest of the trilogy.
Yes, there was a storyline and Dashner did a good job with the flow, however that didn’t capture my attention. I basically skimmed through this book quite quickly. I understood everything Dashner went on about, however it just wasn’t gripping.
Unlike the trilogy, this prequel didn’t grab my attention enough.
I got so attached to Thomas and Teresa that I just wanted to learn more about them and the rest of the Gladers’ lives before WICKED and the Flare.
All in all, I’d recommend The Maze Runner series, just not the prequel. I can’t wait to see the movie! Maybe I’ll add a movie review after I watch it 🙂
So what do you think? Have you read these books before?