The Maze Runner by James Dashner (Spoilers)

Review of the Maze Runner by James Dashner  |  Brass Knuckle Book Reviews

Title: The Maze Runner
Author: James Dashner
Genre: YA
Reviewed by: Alice

I guess I should warn about spoilers in this review, but what the fuck, once you get past the premise there is hardly any plot to spoil.  And no character development.  So whatever – if you want to waste your time with this shit, remember that you will never get that time back.  Ever.

The basic premise (and 90% of the plot of this fucker) is: a boy wakes up in a box with no memory, finds himself in a green space surrounded by a really fucking tall maze and populated only by other boys.  Supposedly they are all some kind of fucking geniuses, but they all fail to

1) realize that the only opening out of the Maze is the way out (something you really wonder about the first fucking time they talk about it) and

2) figure out that "WICKED" is an acronym for "World In Catastrophe: Killzone Experiment Department," even though it is on the fucking signs on the fucking walls of the fucking maze.

The big reveal at the end of the book is that it is all some big experiment because of some stupid climate/disease/anarchy thing in the real world.  NO SHIT.  What is not answered is my big question – WHY ARE THEY ALL BOYS???  There is one girl added.  She is in a coma, then basically serves as a sex interest for the main dude.  Pretty fucking lame.  Also there is some stupid telepathy shit that adds nothing and is fucking annoying.

The Maze Runner borrowed parts of Lord of the Flies (society of boys), A Clockwork Orange (made up lingo, like "shuckface." Really.), the TV show The Prisoner (stuck in a weird place, creepy round things patrolling the edges), and Labyrinth (moving maze), but does NOTHING FUCKING INTERESTING.  The premise is NOT ENOUGH to keep my interest.  Fuckers.  I read the whole fucking book.  WHY???

Apparently there are sequels.  Who fucking cares.

If you want a good dystopia with engaging characters and lots of suspense, try Angelfall instead.


1/5 Brass Knuckles (for the premise)

1 comment :

  1. After watching the movie, which I loved, I decided to read the prequel to this series, The Kill Order. I HATED it. In fact, I hated it so much, that I threw it out. Well, it was a library copy (and why I read that one first because all the other ones were out) so I couldn't throw it away. But I wanted to, so I just quit reading instead. It was horrible writing.
    I'm also the kind of person who wants to know the end of the story, so I read the Wiki Page on it, just to find out the ending. The story on the Wiki page verified my decision to stop reading. Horrible.


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