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The Maze Runner Trilogy

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.

Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

  1. Story  – Getting Into It (7) An interesting tale and something completely different than anything else I had ever read. Interesting concept: waking up in a strange place not knowing anything but your name,
  2. Story – Staying Interested (8) The excitement builds up and the books are action packed. Each book was slightly worse for me but I really, really enjoyed the first two.
  3. Story – Finish (7) The third book had a different feel and lost the thrill of the first two.  The ending was still good but I lost too much interest by the end of The Death Cure for this to be a top trilogy to me.
  4. Characters (7) I really liked some of the characters in the trilogy, actually a bunch of them but the main character Thomas bugged me at times.
  5. Writing (8) James Dashner writes and exciting adventure and describes it well. His main flaw is saying that all the characters are supposed to be really smart (like geniuses) but it takes them way longer to figure things out than me, so how smart can they be.

Overall a 37/50 or 3.5 rating from me. A really exciting, action packed, trilogy that I really enjoyed.  The story kind of loses itself trying to get too big by the end and the Thomas the main character can be annoying but overall still a good book.

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