Series Review: The Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner

July 30, 2012 Review 0

Hi Everyone! So today I am going to do a series review of the Maze Runner trilogy in high anticipation of the prequel, The Kill Order which is set to be released on August 14th 2012. I loved this trilogy, absolutely adored it, so I am cannot wait till August 14th 2012-already have my preorder in 🙂 The small reviews I have posted were taken from my Goodreads review after I first completed the book, just to give you what my true reaction was, as it’s been a bit since I have read them.

Series Review: The Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner

The Maze Runner (Book#1) – Purchase from Amazon
Published October 6th 2009
5/5 Stars

Goodreads Summary:
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse enclosed by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them, open. Every night they are closed tight. And that every 30 days a new boy is delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. Only the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. 

Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets that are buried within his mind.”

My Thoughts:
“This had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I had The Maze Runner on my book list for some time but was always pushing it aside as I found ones that I thought would interest me more. I decided to read it for a group read, which also happened to be my first one. I was in a state when I had to stop at the end of my daily chapters because the Maze Runner is one of those books that you just do not want to put down. I enjoyed every second of as the entire book is sooo mysterious, no real answers are given until the end and even then it leaves you hanging for the next book. 

Loved it”

Series Review: The Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner

The Scorch Trials(Book#2) – Purchase from Amazon 
Published October 12th 2010
5/5 Stars

Goodreads Summary:
Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. No more puzzles. No more variables. And no more running. Thomas was sure that escape meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one really knew what sort of life they were going back to.

In the Maze, life was easy. They had food, and shelter, and safety . . . until Teresa triggered the end. In the world outside the Maze, however, the end was triggered long ago.

Burned by sun flares and baked by a new, brutal climate, the earth is a wasteland. Government has disintegrated—and with it, order—and now Cranks, people covered in festering wounds and driven to murderous insanity by the infectious disease known as the Flare, roam the crumbling cities hunting for their next victim . . . and meal.

The Gladers are far from finished with running. Instead of freedom, they find themselves faced with another trial. They must cross the Scorch, the most burned-out section of the world, and arrive at a safe haven in two weeks. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Thomas can only wonder—does he hold the secret of freedom somewhere in his mind? Or will he forever be at the mercy of WICKED?”

My Thoughts:
Wow. James Dashner is an amazing writer. Every word of this book keeps you hanging on the edge of your seat, unable to put it down. And the entire book is shrouded in mystery, only small slivers of answers.

The Scorch Trails is much creepier than the Maze Runner as there are “Cranks” in this one. Which are essentially Zombies. They are infected by “The Flare” which is a brain eating disease that makes you go crazy and lose all humanity.

This book was amazing-I’m almost sad to read the third as it means it’s the end :(“

Series Review: The Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner

The Death Cure(Book#3) – Purchase from Amazon
Published October 11th 2011
4/5 Stars

Goodreads Summary:
Thomas knows that Wicked can’t be trusted, but they say the time for lies is over, that they’ve collected all they can from the Trials and now must rely on the Gladers, with full memories restored, to help them with their ultimate mission. It’s up to the Gladers to complete the blueprint for the cure to the Flare with a final voluntary test.

What Wicked doesn’t know is that something’s happened that no Trial or Variable could have foreseen. Thomas has remembered far more than they think. And he knows that he can’t believe a word of what Wicked says.

The time for lies is over. But the truth is more dangerous than Thomas could ever imagine.
Will anyone survive the Death Cure?”

My Thoughts: *Spoilers Ahead*

Honestly, I still do not entirely know what to think about this book. I’ve been done reading it for almost a week and I can’t decide whether I loved it or hated it. The ending felt like it was lacking but yet I was still satisfied somewhat? I guess the ending suited a trilogy that was a mystery to the end… it still left it with unanswered questions.

And I HATE that Teresa died… I really did not like that part.”

My Overall Thoughts:
Well, obviously as I said at the top, I loveeeeed this series. The only thing I did not like, which is why the last book received 4 stars was there was still a lot of unanswered questions. I’m hoping that The Kill Order answers a lot of those questions, even though it is a prequel.

What was everyone else’s thoughts on this trilogy? Are you excited for the prequel?

Happy Reading,
xo Lauren

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