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Friday, June 11, 2010

The Maze Runner

(I don't feel like writing this up twice, so I'll just repeat here what I wrote on Goodreads ...)

I have very mixed feelings about this one. On the one hand, it's a cool story. On the other hand, I just don't buy the whole purpose for the maze, so the big ending "reveal" fell flat for me. It's a Hunger Games-esque story, but in the Hunger Games, the games have a believable point. I just didn't think the point of the maze was believable. At least it wasn't explained clearly or well enough to be believable. I will still want to read the rest of the series as it comes out, to see if some of the ambiguity gets cleared up and the premise thereby gets strengthened. We shall see. Also I was a bit annoyed by the main character, Thomas. He's kind of emotionally constipated. I felt like we were constantly being told how he felt about this, that, and everything, like his heart was burning, exploding, bursting, melting, all the time. He kept resolving to feel one way or do one thing and then changing his mind, so you didn't feel like you could ever really trust him. Even so, I did enjoy reading the book. It just wasn't as strong as I'd hoped.

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