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Calling all schmucks and cranks, the new Maze Runner trailer is out!

When I first finished the series back then, I said to myself, “Man this would make an awesome movie.” So when I heard about 20th Century Fox making one, I was ecstatic! I didn’t even care about the casting. I knew it would take a lot of effort to make a bad movie out of this series and I was thrilled! When the first trailer came out, it looked very promising… and now this! Ahhh, I’m so excited to see this movie!

Calling my fellow schmucks and cranks, the maze is open… get ready to run.

 

WICKED IS GOOD.

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The Death Cure by James Dashner (Maze Runner #3)

4 Stars

Of course there was no way it was over. After the first two books, you knew it was impossible for WICKED’s evil games to be over just like that. Wicked is good. Yeah right… By this point of the trilogy, I found that statement very hard to believe. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Thomas after everything he’s been through.

We finally see how the real world really looks like beyond The Scorch. We get to see the safe areas, also known as the remaining civilizations after The Flare, and there didn’t seem to be a lot of them. Majority of the human population has been infected and were now Cranks and way past the Gone, or on their way there if not yet already. In Thomas’ world, nobody could be trusted. To be honest, all the betrayal really got to me after having been with Thomas’ journey since Day 1 of The Maze. I, too, knew I couldn’t trust anyone anymore, not even The Gladers. Trusting people eventually became very tiring and futile.

 

The ending satisfied me, for the most part. Some deaths really frustrated me because I got attached to certain characters and losing them was a blow (Newt, really?!). However, I feel like the trilogy ended just the way it should’ve.
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The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (Maze Runner #2)

 4 Stars

Wicked is good.

To be given hope and then have that cruelly taken away in the blink of an eye. Everything is just a part of a bigger game.

When they’d settled into bed last night, everything had seemed good and safe. Yeah, maybe this was worse, to have that suddenly taken away.

In Scorch, we finally get to see the outside world and how bad The Flare got Earth. This book was filled with death and suffering. Readers who grew to love and empathize with the main characters, reading Scorch Trials can be a little difficult. The Gladers’ sufferings just wouldn’t end! I felt their desperation and their hardships, but I also felt their determination and ceaseless hope. It’s hard not to admire them for their resilience and strength, which is why I understood why they were chosen.

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The Maze Runner by James Dashner (Maze Runner #1)

4 Stars

“If you ain’t scared… you ain’t human.”

It’s been such a long time since I read this so I’m just copying my old review from Goodreads, with little additions.

There are a lot of books that feature dystopian societies, anarchy, war and science gone wrong today but most are just pale reflections of old greats and have failed to bring anything new and exciting to the table, but Maze Runner definitely made a mark on me. It’s far darker, more raw, more brutal yet more human than most modern dystopian novels out there. Great concept, excellent world-building, nice storytelling. Overall a good execution that led to a very good story.

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