Book Review: The Death Cure, James Dashner

death-cureGoodreads Blurb:

It’s the end of the line.

WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends—the Gladers. But it’s finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test.

Will anyone survive?

What WICKED doesn’t know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it’s enough to prove that he can’t believe a word of what they say.

The truth will be terrifying.

Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He’ll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all.

The time for lies is over.

My thoughts:

I’d like to say this one was my favourite of the trilogy, but I’m torn between the three! I absolutely loved it, again I was on the edge of my seat, and getting answers which weren’t always the best to hear.

As I learnt more about the reasons for WICKED’s actions I wanted to believe they’d done the right thing, but my loyalty to the characters held and I sided with the Glader’s anger. Something which brings out a side to the boys which you wouldn’t really expect, and decisions which shouldn’t need to be made by anyone, let alone boys of that age.

Though the boys get a relatively happy ending, the path they had to take to get there was rough. For me it was a rather emotional ending – I got really attached to the characters, and not all made it through.

I think The Death Cure was the perfect way to finish, and I absolutely loved James Dashner’s trilogy. It is definitely one of my favourites, and I can’t wait to see the other film adaptions as well!

I tried a new review technique, I’ll see how it goes for next time too.
Thanks for reading,
Anna x

Book Review: The Scorch Trials, James Dashner

scorch-trialsGoodreads Blurb:

Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end.
Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.
There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.
The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.
Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.
There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive.

My Thoughts:

Thomas and his friends thought it was all over and that they could get their lives back, that was what their saviours had told them anyway but they’d been lied to. As part of the second trial, they now have to cross the desert to get to safety and the possibility of a cure.

Personally, I think I liked this book even better than the first in the series. The Scorch Trials, like The Maze Runner is edge of your seat exciting, and actually rather scary at the same time. The new threats are, if possible, more horrible than the Grievers, and pose a different set of problems for the group of friends.

Through The Scorch Trials, you get to see the character development of the boys who did make it through the maze, and the different sides of their personalities as they face new challenges. Some of which they’d never have dream they’d have to deal with.

There are still unanswered questions, but the point that “WICKED is good” even though it is still being repeated, has become even less believable than before. For me, I became a lot more attached to the characters, so reading this was also an emotional whirlwind. The story is quick paced, and comes to a nail biting conclusion which just makes you want to read more and more.

I absolutely loved it, and to be honest I wish it was a lot longer than it actually is! I could keep reading about Thomas, Newt and Minho for a very long time! Not that I try to play favourites, but Newt is mine! He was from book one to be honest, but I love Minho and Thomas too – especially Minho’s constant sarcasm!

As I’ve finished the full series and am reading The Kill Order at the moment, I’ll be posting the reviews over the next couple of Sundays! So look forward to my review of The Death Cure next week!

Thank you for reading,
Anna x

Film Review – The Maze Runner

maze_runner_ver2I actually saw this before reading The Maze Runner by James Dashner (my review here), also wait until I had actually read the book. So when I did watch it I had no idea about the movie at all, apart from the fact that it had a Maze, Dylan O’Brien and the guy who was in not just one but two of my favourite childhood (well one was childhood anyway) movies (Thomas Brodie-Sangster – Nanny McPhee and Love Actually). I left the cinema wiping away tears and in a slight amount of shock, I had not expected the ending I’d just seen and reading James Dashner’s Maze Runner Trilogy had just hit the top of my to-do list.

To say I loved this film is probably an understatement, having read the book now, I could see that the casting was pretty much perfect, and the fact that Dylan O’Brien – one of my favourite actors and Tomas Brodie-Sangster – a childhood favourite were starring, along with a couple of other actors who I now love as well made it so much better.

As an adaption, after reading the book I could pick changes that Wes Ball (Director) had made, some I thought worked, and other bit’s I missed and wish they could have kept.These ended up being little things such as Newt not calling Thomas ‘Tommy’ and the lack of the telepathic talking between Thomas and Tereasa, which to the normal movie goer wouldn’t have made much difference, but as a huge fan of the books and of the Newt/Thomas relationship I really wished the nickname had stuck. There are a couple of changes though with the ending, such as Gally’s supposed death and the way in which Chuck died which didn’t give both characters the ending I felt they needed, which the original story had.Also, as I have now finished reading the trilogy, I am not sure how these changes will fit in in the long run, and how they will effect events in the next two movie sequels.

All nitpicking aside I really do recommend this film,  I think that the Ball has done an amazing job with  direction and all the actors do an amazing job. The whole thing is done really well and all the known CGI is highly believable. The soundtrack is awesome, and I’ve  been listening to it non-stop since it came out. My favourite tracks being: The Maze runner, Chat with Chuck, and Finale.

What did you think? And if you haven’t seen it then are you planning to?I think it is really worth it!

Thanks for reading,
Anna x

Book Review: The Maze Runner, James Dashner

the maze runner

Goodreads Blurb:

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.


My Thoughts:

I made a personal boo-boo so to speak with this book, and saw the movie first – it didn’t exactly ruin the book for me, as there are many differences between the two, but I always like to read the book first so I can create my own image of the characters in my head.

The Maze Runner, by James Dashner, is the first in the Maze Runner Trilogy. A friend reccomended I read these, and seeing as the same friend had recommended I read the Hunger Games Trilogy which I absolutely loved, I took her advice with Dashner’s trilogy as well.

James Dashner has created a unique world in The Maze Runner, a story set in a post-apocalyptic world where the organisation WICKED is running experiments to try and find a cure for The Flare. A group of boys who call themselves Gladers, are sent into the center of a giant maze with no memory of their previous lives and what has happened to the earth. With no other choice they build new lives in ‘The Glade’, while trying to piece together what they were doing there and find a way out of the Maze. This is the world Thomas get’s thrown into, and from the moment he does, things begin to change.

From the first page I was hooked, as the reader you start off just as confused as the main character, Thomas, who is introduced hurtling upwards in an enclosed metal cage towards what you eventually are told is ‘The Glade’. This is an interesting change, as the reader you usually know more than the protagonist from the get go, but being just as in the dark about what was happening as Thomas is, keeps you asking questions which don’t get answered until much later on in the story. You take the full journey with Thomas, meeting the other characters and learning about the crazy situation he’s been thrown into gives an insight into the happenings of the story which can rarely be matched. For me, this is what really gripped me, the unusual beginning which set off a domino effect of questions which just have to be answered.

The main thing I absolutely loved though about this novel is that there was little to no romantic plot – the main relationships are the strong friendships which the boys have made through their adverse situation. They have built their own world, with jobs, leaders and rules to keep the place running smoothly and keep everyone safe. ‘The Box’ had been sent up every month with new supplies and they used what they were given, they didn’t mope, they used what they had to survive, building a family in the process.They develop their own language tropes, something which, though it feels odd to read at the start, seems normal quite soon into the novel, and brings another interesting and amusing change to the writing.

The friendships which Thomas makes with Chuck, Mihno and Newt are three which are completely true despite the forced circumstances. There is not just loyalty and love, but also an unspoken trust between the boys which makes them seem like brothers rather than just friends. It is these friendships, and the banter between them which almost helps you to forget the looming threat the maze brings, but then made the climactic part of the novel even more exciting and heartbreaking for me.

I absolutely loved The Maze Runner, and I would definitely recommend it, no question. If you love a great dystopian-future/post-apocalyptic novel which a good ounce of friendship, brotherhood and a plot which grips you to the very last page and beyond then this is the book for you!

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a good week!
Anna x