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The Maze Runner (Maze Runner Series) Paperback – 4 Aug 2011
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OK. Almost in the end we learn this is another "Global Disaster Earth Destroyed" story. A good one, granted. But not my sort of story. Life has enough horrors as it is and I find no real pleasure in reading about imaginary ones. But for people who are not yet tired of variations of Apocalypses this book will probably make a great read.
The characters could definitely be fleshed out more. They are not cardboard cut-outs but they aren't three-dimensional either. I actually found Thomas quite dull and daft and liked the other characters more.
Despite the flaws, I really enjoyed it and I couldn't put it down because the plot is so unique and gripping and each chapter ended on a cliff hanger. It was an easy and relaxing read and I care enough about the characters to check out the other books.
I would classify it as science fiction and definitely set in the future. Perhaps the flavour is "Lord of the Flies" meets "Hunger Games" but it is in no sense derivative of either. It is written with great pace and imagination with many curious facets that are nevertheless perfectly believable. I particularly like the quirky vocabulary used when the characters speak - not made-up words but normal words set in a different context.
The text is unique in my experience of e-books in that I could not find a single proof-reading error - a refreshing change. Also, it is considerately divided into manageable chapters each of which ends at a point of major or minor climax, making you want to read on every time. I often found myself saying, "I'll just read another chapter."
The entire experience was thoroughly enjoyable and I am looking forward to reading further books in the series. Incidentally, The Maze Runner does come to a satisfactory conclusion in it own right, but then trickles on to introduce the next stage in the narrative before actually finishing.
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