Book Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

6186357My Rating: 4 stars

Date Read: July 27, 2014

Source: Purchased ebook

Publication Date: October 6, 2009

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Genres: Young adult, dystopia

Summary (taken from Goodreads): “If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.”

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers–boys whose memories are also gone.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out–and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Review: It’s difficult for me to write about this book, mainly because it’s so complex. There’s so much mystery, it’s hard to review without spoiling something. This whole book leaves the reader wondering, guessing what is happening and what might come next. Every time a question is answered, several more form.

I enjoyed reading this, frustrating as the lack of answers could be. At first the whole world was extremely confusing and hard to get into, especially because all of the characters were thrown into “the Glade” without memories or any idea what to expect. It’s difficult to learn about a world that’s so blurry in the character’s minds, and even by the end of the book I wasn’t convinced I knew anything.

An important thing going into this one is patience. It’s a book that I, at least, wanted to take my time with and really think about. I found it a great read when I took time off to theorize and consider what could be happening. Also, the lack of answers can be confusing if you’re looking for a quicker read – even though it is pretty fast-paced and can be read quickly.

I’m also very glad I did a buddy read on this one – reading with someone else encouraged me to keep reading in the beginning, when I might have put the book down otherwise. If the beginning of this one doesn’t hook you right away, I would encourage you to give it another shot – maybe try 50 pages or so before making a decision. It took me awhile, but by the end I really liked this one.

 

WWW Wednesday

What are you currently reading?

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This is a review copy – the book comes out August 5th. I actually started it later than usual, thinking it was a novel in verse and I could speed through it. Actually, it’s a regularly-written novel and not the easiest read, either! I’m really excited to review it, though, because so far I have a lot to say.

What did you recently finish reading?

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I really enjoyed this one, although the beginning was rough for me. My review will be up tomorrow if you’re interested in my thoughts about it.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I put this one on hold while reading The Maze Runner, since that one was a buddy read and I couldn’t finish this before the start date. I’m really enjoying it and didn’t want to rush through or read it alongside any other books.

Top Ten Tuesday

Here is a link to the Top Ten Tuesday information from The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s theme is Ten Authors I Own the Most Books From. For the sake of not counting ebooks (which is my main form of reading), I’m going to make this list only using books on my read shelf. So according to Librarything, here are my top ten most-read authors:

  1. Meg Cabot. I have only read one of her series, however The Princess Diaries contains 14 books. 10 novels + 4 novellas/short stories, I believe.
  2. Lauren Oliver. Surprisingly, there is a huge drop in numbers here – 14 all the way down to 6! Again, I’ve only read the Delirium series – 3 novels and 3 novellas.
  3. Sarah Dessen. I was actually surprised to see that I’ve read 5 Sarah Dessen books. I grew tired of her writing (probably through reading too many of hers in a row) and never went around to her other books, although I’ve wanted to for some time.
  4. Gayle Forman. Also one of my favorite authors! I’ve read 5 of her books, one being the novella from the Just One Day duology. The only book I haven’t read is her oldest.
  5. Nicholas Sparks. Although I haven’t read him in years now, he did make the list with 4 books.
  6. Lois Lowry. Again, four books. I read the entire Giver series pretty recently!
  7. J.K. Rowling. I’m probably the only one who’s only read 4 from her. Don’t worry, I’m planning to continue the fifth book next month!
  8. Maggie Stiefvater. I’ve read the Shiver series, as well as the companion Sinner. (4 books.)
  9. Ann Brashares. Another author I stopped reading, but soon plan to return to! I’ve read the first 3 books in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series and really need to plan a reread and complete the series!
  10. Susanne Collins. I’ve read the Hunger Games series – 3 books!

There’s the list! There were plenty of others tied with three books as well, but I listed just the ones that came first on Librarything. If you’re curious, others with three books were Robert Frost, Richelle Mead, Liz Reinhardt, Rainbow Rowell, Shakespeare, and Jennifer E. Smith.

Let me know your top authors (or link to your post!) in the comments!

 

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a weekly event started by Should be Reading where you share the books you’ve found throughout the week. These don’t have to be purchases, just books that you added to your TBR.

Here are the books I’ve added to my TBR this week:

Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang

Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Neither of these have been released yet, but I’ve heard such good things already. Those with ARCs seem to love them and I can’t wait to read them as well.

WWW Wednesday

What are you currently reading?

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I’m moving pretty slow through this, but am loving it! If you’re looking for a summery read that focuses on friendships, this one is perfect.

What did you recently finish reading?

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I really loved this one! My review is here.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I began this one awhile back, but other books keep getting in the way. I really like it so far though, and am hoping to finish it this time around before starting anything new.

Top Ten Tuesday: Schedule Problems & Apologies

As you may or may not have noticed, this is the second week in a row I’ve skipped Top Ten Tuesday. I’m not planning to remove it from my blog – I just haven’t had the time to schedule them.

Since it’s now pretty late into Tuesday night, I’m going to let it go once more. However, the regular posts will be back beginning next week and should continue from there. My apologies to anyone who enjoys the posts on my blog, but I’m sure other bloggers have typed up some great Top Ten Tuesday posts from the past two weeks, if you look for them!

I hope you guys have had a wonderful day and are enjoying your current reads, and sorry again for the lack of planning!

Readathon Wrap-Up

If you saw my TBR post, you know that I participated in two readathons this past week. One was a small one for a Goodreads group, and another was the booktube-a-thon.

Overall, I read half the books on my TBR (which only had four books) and a total of 5 books (3 of which were graphic novels) and 1,123 pages.

The books I read:

  • The Pirates Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke
  • Saltwater Witch (Comic #1) by Chris Howard
  • Saltwater Witch Graphic Novel: Chapter 2 by Chris Howard
  • Nineteen, Twenty-One #1 by Yohan
  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Booktube-a-thon Challenges Completed:

  • Read a book with pictures (graphic novels)
  • A book with red on the cover (The Pirate’s Wish)
  • A book from the genre you’ve read least this year (graphic novels; I rarely read them.)

That’s three out of seven, which I consider a success – especially since I wasn’t really focused on the challenges while reading or even forming my TBR.

Goodreads Read-a-long Books:

Very few of these actually counted for my other readalong, since the graphic novels did not count. Still, I read two books and they were both ones I have waited to read for a bit now!

Overall Thoughts:

I did five days of reading for these, even though the booktube-a-thon lasted seven. (The other readalong ended earlier.) This weekend, I just wasn’t in the mood to read and didn’t want to push myself – after all, I don’t need any kind of reading slump!

Anyway, I’m pretty proud of my reading, but I’m planning to slow down after this. I’ve been forcing myself to read more often since I began blogging, and I’m ready to slow down and take more time with the books I read. I’m still going to try to keep up the same review schedule – at least one a week – but I don’t think that will be difficult.

If you guys participated in the booktube-a-thon, or another readathon, or just read this week, let me know what books you got around to! I hope you enjoyed your reading week as much as I did mine.

(Also, please note that graphic novels won’t become a ‘thing’ for me and my blog. It was nice to try some out, and I plan to read them a bit more now, but I prefer words over pictures. Also, I am not comfortable at all writing long reviews for something I read so little of.)