There is a rather ginormous fact I must declare to you. Hold onto your socks, okay?
I am a humungous fan of The Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner.
I’m the kind of fan that:
- Rated all three books 5-stars
- Flails about the movie way too often
- Is inwardly screaming because of The Death Cure finale
- Even blogged about the movie before it came out (as well as pretended to be Thomas…what? Why are you looking at me like that?)
- Will probably name her firstborn spawn Thomas. Or Newt. Or Newmas.
- Actually bought the trilogy when doesn’t usually buy books
- Instagrams a lot of photos of said bought books
- Is dying because THE FEVER CODE is coming out next year!!
- I have a small pinterest board dedicated to it.
- THE BLOOPER REEL!!
I can’t help it. I’m a Mazarian.* And I also can’t help this list (I’m about to write) of why you should read and love The Maze Runner series.
* I have no idea if that’s the fandoms’ name. Are we Runners? Are we Mazarians? Are we Thomasians? Let me know if you know.
NOTE! There will be NO spoilers in this list!!
Read it with calm and ease. Any spoilers will be wrapped in spoiler tags and if you click them….tut, tut.
1. It’s an awfully unique dystopian
I love dystopians. Actually, make that past-tense. I LOVED dystopians until I overdosed and started reading really mediocre books that put action before character development (big no-no) and let romance be the sole focus of the protagonists’ dreams when, in fact, they were about to get die.
The Maze Runner trilogy just seems to get everything right.
2. Well, let’s not forget Thomas.
Thomas only failing is that he might be a little “too” perfect. Don’t laugh. In all 3 books, he barely ever gives up and he always stays onto finding his friends, staying alive, doing the right thing. But this is partially why I just love him.
Thomas never wants to leave his friends behind. It destroys him if he can’t save someone.
3. And while we’re talking about epic characters, let’s mention Gally.
“But wait,” you say, “isn’t Gally the antagonist in book 1?” That’s right, my friends, he is. But I love him anyway. Gally is just trying to survive, okay? And he did the best he could to survive.
Can you imagine what it’d be like to live in the Maze for three years?? Watching boy after boy die? And all you’re trying to do is keep people alive and this jolly little upstart named Thomas starts taking RISKS?? It would be hard. I understand Gally.
4. I’ll quit on the characters in a second, but I HAVEN’T MENTIONED MINHO, TERESA AND NEWT YET.
These three are my (other) favourites.
Minho has enough attitude for 30 kids and he’s downright hilariously sarcastic.
He whipped out his sheet, then pulled it over himself and wrapped it tightly around his face like an old woman in a shawl.
“How do I look?”
“Like the ugliest shanky girl I’ve ever seen,” Minho responded. “You better thank the gods above you were born a dude.”
Newt is grumpy but Newt ends up being Thomas’ best friend.
“They called you the Glue…Probably because you’re kind of the glue that holds us all together.”
Newt is so totally flawed and yet he’s brave. The truth about his limp made me love him even more.
Teresa: Well…let’s just say she’s not Mother Teresa by a long shot. BUT! Teresa captivates me because I don’t know if she’s ever telling the truth or not. She is still my ultimate ship with Thomas, though, because despite everything Teresa did what she thought was right too.
5. It answers questions with questions.
Usually this is annoying. I feel like shouting, “JUST GIVE ME A STRAIGHT ANSWER, DANGIT.” But…it also worked because I read this trilogy fast.
6. Humour. Humour everywhere.
You know me! I’m a sucker for a good laugh! If you can hand me a book of action packed disasters and fabulous characters and wicked (har, har, see what I did there?) good humour: I AM SO SOLD.
“Shouldn’t someone give a pep talk or something?” Minho asked.
“Go ahead,” Newt replied.
Minho nodded and faced the crowd. “Be careful,” he said dryly. “Don’t die.”
7. The author isn’t afraid to kill characters.
Sometimes you can tell when an author is too attached and won’t kill anyone. Maybe it’s just me (I’m sure it is…I’m a depressing little greenie) but I think epic books need DOOM and DESTRUCTION.
James Dashner is so onboard with that.
Do not get too attached to anyone, okay? But before we go, a little R.I.P moment….
8. The cliffhangers are seriously awful.
Non-stop action? I LOVE. But the cliff-hangers are enough to impale me with a small Griever claw and leave me foaming at the mouth.
Or, you know, I could just read the next book straight away and save any alarm. (This is the beauty of reading books where they’re all published.)
9. The romance isn’t the focus…like, not even at all.
This is surprising and refreshing! Hey, I’m not a romance hater, but it’s not exactly my favourite thing to read. I want humour! Action! Adventure! An occasional snack! HUZZAH!
You could say the trilogy has a love-triangle. But I would snort at you. Thomas does make friends with Brenda in book 2 and she’s very important in book 3 (plus Teresa isn’t exactly trustworthy from book 2 onwards). But Thomas didn’t pause and whine about his love-life. He concentrated on surviving. Hallelujah.
10. The writing is tight and the chapters short.
I’m in love with short chapters. I truly am. It makes the book fly by. And the writing is so tight, although, yes, it’s a little unusual with the Gladers’ slang. (I liked the slang, by the way. It felt very natural!) But I could not stop flipping pages and it only took me 1 day per book.
Basically, this an epic dystopian and I’ve squished it on my “favourite shelf” right next to The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Gone.
are there any Mazarians (i still am not sure about the fandom’s name) amongst us?! SPEAK NOW, GREENIES! do you have plans to read this trilogy? did you like the movie?? (i basically adored it) and what do you think about author’s killing off a lot of their characters? yay or nay?
Cait’s own writing is rather notorious for character deaths. But, actually, since she grew old, she kills less characters and just maims them instead so their lives still suck. ANYWAY! After finishing this epic trilogy Cait is trying to decide what series to tackle next. Maybe the last Curseworker book? Or the Grisha trilogy? Or, you know, she could finish Percy Jackson…