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?

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard Book Review

Red Queen Book Cover So you know when you’re looking for THE book to fulfil all your book cravings? But you are literally about to have a mental breakdown owing to the last ten books having been the same repetitive star-crossed lovers plot line with the same predictable ending.

Red Queen takes place in a world where people are divided on the colour of their blood. The Silver blooded possess supernatural powers and are considered Gods. The Red blooded are treated like slaves, inferior to their silver brethren and easily disposed of.

Mare is a 17-year-old Red girl who possess abilities which even the Silvers fear, abilities which could be the turning point to an entirely different world.

I really enjoyed this book. There was never a moment where I felt the plot went off on a tangent. The author kept me on my toes throughout the story and I was a part of a meaningful journey. The main characters were well thought out, each character could be identified individually through the narrative. Having distinct traits; Cal is a warrior he isn’t a manipulator of words unlike his brother Maven. Mare is fast, a thief and she is naive, she thinks she can trick others but in reality she is being fooled. Red Queen is like a game of chess: you use the pawns (characters) to break down the first line of defence (silver and red war) and then you come to realise that some pawns are more crucial than others.

The world created by Victoria Aveyard is vivid, the tall houses, the rising river in the summer, the sparkling diamond glass that hides and shows a manipulated reality, a deceptive material which is indestructible. This glass is a reflection of what Mare must be after she is discovered to be a Silver with Red blood as Mare says:

“They pulled me inside out, swiping Mare for Marina, a thief for a crown, rags for silk, Red for Silver.”

Rating: 4 out of 5

Genre: Fantasy / YA

Similar book – Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins