Maze Runner: Death Cure Review

Maze Runner:Death Cure Review

So at last we have arrived at the end of the Maze Runner Trilogy and I can now breathe a sigh of relief – safe in the knowledge that Minho survived until the bitter end (and that’s really all that matters! Right?!). I found James Dashner’s narrative to be slightly patchy and dragged in some chapters. Overall though, the book remained fast-paced and entertaining yet, became tinged with a darkness that brought several moral and ethical issues into play.

Finally, the author has heeded my oh so brilliant wisdom (not really, but I like to think that he has) and given Teresa a purpose that she lacked in the previous two books, being more of a deadweight then actual help. Not only Teresa, but the remaining characters all seem to have a purpose in the final book as they come face to face with the harsh brutality of the world.

All in all, Death Cure is a brilliant ending to the Maze Runner Trilogy and it remains a depiction of the future which is not as far-fetched as humanity would like to believe.

So what did you think of the ending?

Rating: 3/5

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Chained by Susanne Valenti

Chained Book Review
Title: Chained (Cage of Lies #1)
Author: Susanne Valenti
Release Date: October 1st 2015
Genre: YA Dystopian

Rating: 1/5

 “The world is meant to be lived in, not controlled.”
 
There was a time we co-existed with Mother Earth in peace, until over-population and food shortages led to the experimentation and disfigurement of the natural process. One poor choice forced humans to cower behind the Wall as a widespread contamination wreaked havoc on the rest of humanity. Years later, mankind is still afraid to step outside. However due to unforeseen circumstances one girl risks it all, one girl who finds out more than she bargained for.
When it comes to books I am brutally honest about my opinion of them and I have to say that Chained was not quite to my taste. It lacked well-developed characters and had a predictable story line. With regards to one of the main characters, it seemed that the author was slacking and placed him on the sidelines, only welcoming him back in the last 10 pages of the book (what’s the point of that?). Furthermore, throughout the book there appear to be several conversations which are forced, as if the author is trying a bit too hard.
 
The only reason that I read this book right until the end was due to the controversial issues which, knowingly or unknowingly, Valenti examined. Here is my interpretation of them:
  • Technology is killing nature.
  • Criminals are placed in a prison where they can kill each other – is this the future? Or would such a higher deterrent go against the most fundamental human right?
  • A Government tracking system: Issue of whether in the future the government will be able to track everyone, all the time for the safety of the population.
  • Issue of over-population in the world – is this eventually going to lead to selectivity and mass killings?
 The book has some really amazing issues, however it lacks the story which would have been the cake underneath the icing.

Maze Runner: Scorch Trials (Book and Film Review)

Maze Runner: The Scorch TrialsThe second story in the James Dashner- penned trilogy. The Scorch Trials follows a similar tone and pace of that of its predecessor however; there are moments within the book that focuses on the after effects of the Maze Trial, and how it ultimately caused and sealed each and every Gladers fate. There were new faces, new terrors and a very vulnerable Thomas with no Chuck to comfort him.

When we left Thomas at the end of Maze Runner, he had just managed to break free from the confinement of the maze, with a few others, only to learn that the Sun has ravaged the Earth, the disease called the Flare has left human kind a shadow of its former self and, with the shocking knowledge that maybe the maze, was really the escape.

Scorch Trial picks up with Thomas in a daze after Chucks death. Though, he has been ‘saved’ from W.I.C.K.E.D (World In Catastrophe: Killzone Department) he struggles to feel safe after all that he has encountered. It is in this fragile state that Thomas and the other Gladers are thrust once again, backing into the nightmare that is the trials. You would think that the Gladers could be cut some slack.

For the film, Wes Ball’s big screen take on James Dashner’s story has both high and low peaks. However, I must give credit where credit is due in regards to (in my opinion), the seamless transition of the characters Thomas (played by Dylan O’Brien) and Minho (played by Ki Hong Lee) from book to screen. The truly awful plot did not seem to hinder their depiction of the characters they were playing and in some moments it was the only thing preventing me from leaving the cinema.

Furthermore, the film had a lot of unnecessary characters who did not add anything to the actual development of the story yet, like Teresa they occupied screen space which could have been used in a much more efficient way. Though, the general story holds true in the film version of the book. It is less to do with the scorch trials and a lot more to do with you running around like a headless chicken, trying to find other headless chickens and then ultimately realising you’re all headless. There is no real outcome to the movie.

I do have high hopes for the final instalment of the Maze Runner Trilogy particularly, if I go along with the excuse that the Scorch Trials suffered from a tad bit of “middle movie” fatigue.

What did you think of the Scorch Trials?

Rating Scale: 3/5 (Book)

Rating Scale: 2/5 (Film)

Similar Book: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Maze Runner by James Dashner


Maze Runner

Set in a world where disease has taken millions of lives, the Maze Runner tells the story of a young boy called Thomas and his journey of surviving the maze trials alive – which unbeknownst to him could be the catalyst to saving the last remnants of humanity.

Highlights

This book was amazing and incredibly intriguing. This world created by James explores a dystopian world which is not too far from a reality that could come to pass. The Sun which ensures humanities survival suddenly turning against us, causing a sickness to spread to which only a few are immune. Surely then it is OK to experiment upon those who are not susceptible to the disease, or is it? I mean a few mentally unbalanced children watching their friends die to save the human race doesn’t sound too bad. It all depends on perspective because, manipulating a few variables to find a cure is understandable but, to create a controlled environment were not even your memories are permissible is downright cruel.

Shortcomings

The character of Teresa was not as well developed as some of the other characters for example Minho or Chuck. Teresa was too plain and flat as a person and she more or less stayed on the side-lines of the story whilst, Thomas did the running around. For someone who helped create the maze she did not do as much as she could have to help the others in getting out.

Conclusion

The Maze Runner is one of the best science fiction books out there.  Exploring the concept ‘for the greater good’, this book truly tests you as to what type of person you are. I loved it! I can’t wait to read the second book.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Genre: Science Fiction/ YA

Similar Book: Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

So what did you think of the Maze Runner?