Review: The Maze Runner Trilogy

The Maze Runner Trilogy (not including the prequel)

Author: James Dashner

Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian Fiction

*Note: This is a TRILOGY review. Therefore there will be spoilers when I review the books. I advise you to only read the reviews when you are finished with the trilogy.

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As a whole, the series was decent. Personally, I enjoyed the Maze Runner the most because it kept me interested and the characters were likable and relate-able.The plot revolves around the main and most mystified character, Thomas; the reader automatically feels an attachment to him and shares his frustration. The different forms of relationships in all books of the trilogy were what kept the book less overwhelming. For example, the death of Chuck hit me hard in the heart and my jaw dropped for about 5 minutes straight. I found the concept and plot of the book intriguing and easy to understand. It kept me interesting right until the end; even with all the secrets, lies, and deaths.

The Scorch Trials was interesting, but it kind of started the trilogy all over because it barely continued the first book.The Gladers start in a new place with new problems. Yes, they did get SOME answers during this book but I just felt like it should’ve stayed as a standalone book. Although, I did like the characters in The Scorch Trials & The Death Cure. Specifically Minho & Jorge. Yes, I was pretty scared of Jorge when they were trying to eat Thomas and Minho, but as things turned around he was very humorous and reliable during both books (like Minho). I loved both Minho’s & Jorge’s personalities all in all and they made those two books better.

The Death Cure was crazy. It had all these hooks and crannies that I didn’t expect; Janson being a COMPLETE wack-o, the Chancellor actually having an impact in the book, and of course, the death of Newt. However, the ending to the book was a little disengaging. Like what?? They just live in a nice, green grassed, heaven-like world while society crumbles? I don’t know…I just felt like the ending was not the best ending.

Overall I guess you could say each book provided a different feeling. But as a said before, I think it was just the continuation of the trilogy that was most frustrating. There were many positives but also many negatives. So, as a whole I give this series at 3.5 out of 5 stars. As individual books, the Maze Runner has the highest rating at 4.5 out of 5 stars. I recommend these books to anyone that wants to read a jaw-dropping trilogy. However, expect some frustration. In conclusion, the Maze Runner trilogy was a good read.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              yours truly,                                                                                                                                      {j.belk}


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