James Dashner Month – Day 4 – Guest Review
Last night Kristi of The Story Siren fame hosted in impromptu chatzy and I had the pleasure of bestowing my unique personality on some new victims. Among them is my new biggest fan, who proclaims me as “weird” on twitter. And who is this mystery person? Shanyn from Chick Loves Lit! So head on over there and giver her a follow. She told me that her husband confiscated The Maze Runner before she ever got to read it. He did a guest review on HER blog and now he is appearing on mine, even though he doesn’t know it. Really, this guy is clueless!
Dang, look at the freaking cute couple!
Day 3 Day 4 (yeah, I can't keep track)
Guest Review by Steve:
This original sci-fi-ish fiction novel was great. A community of children are stuck inside a maze and are put through a series of trials as some part of a large experiment which could affect the entire human race. I don't know if it's just the whole children against adults/world disaster plotline (Ender's Game anyone, c'mon people?!), or if I just like kids who aren't afraid to take on adventure, either way, this book and me click.
After a slow start to the book, you begin to appreciate the main character Thomas and his special set of skills. Once the book really gets going, the rest is a speedy downhill sprint. I couldn't wait to figure out more about the setting and background, the newly introduced characters, or what was going on behind the scenes in the world outside the maze.
While this was not the "BEST BOOK EVAR!!1!" it was quite good and definitely worth a read if you like adventure, sci-fi, young adult books, or ponies. I may have made the ponies part up, whoops. Also, the word on the street is that this is book one of a trilogy. Woo, woo. Double also, I see that Shanyn is using a points scale for her reviews!! I love points; here is my own scale for The Maze Runner:
Book Cover: 4 - ugly much?
Book Title: 7 - accurate-ish.
Plot: 9 - adventure + ponies! (yes, the ponies still aren't real)
Characters: 10 - Thomas.
Ending: 8 - only cuz now I can't wait for the next book! (coulda been a 9)
Overall: 8 - great book.
Steve, thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us. It is interesting that you bring up Ender’s Game because James Dashner says he was very influenced by Card’s writing and I would not be surprised if he meant that book in particular.
Steve says that the cover of The Maze Runner is ugly. How do you feel about it? I have actually always kind of liked it. i am not exactly sure why. I am curious what Steve found ugly about it.
So, yeah. This was awesome!