The Maze Runner
The Scorch Trials
The Death Cure
by: James Dashner
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 thirty days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.
If you're looking for a dystopian that excels in action and mystery with a near no romance and a thrill level that is off the charts, you've come to the right place. The Maze Runner starts out a little rough with the repetitiveness and no questions being answered, but then things pick up and it really never stops after that.
The Scorch Trials was probably my least favorite book of the series, but it was still quite good. The action kicked up a notch and the casualties continued. The twist with the different group was actually really interesting and meeting the Rat Man was...ummmm... well, to be blunt, horrible (in a good way). It was nice finally having a face to put with WICKED organization. And the Cranks were completely, nightmarishly terrifying.
The Death Cure became my favorite book in the series as we were given the conclusion (but, maybe not the answers (to all that happened in this series. I would have preferred a few more answers about everything (and one less death... I'M STILL NOT OVER IT, OKAY?). But this book was heartbreaking and terrifying and bittersweet in all the right places.
My one issue with this series is the characters. They sometimes came off as a bit flat, but I could forget that most of the time because of how much was happening.
“Such a display of death - how could it be considered a victory?”
"That saving you was worth losing what we might've had.”
“He turned to look just in time to see the rain start falling outside, as if the storm had finally decided to weep with shame for what it had done to them.”
“I watched as that kid died. In his last few seconds there was pure terror in his eyes. You can't do that. You can't do that to a person. I don't care what anybody tells me, I don't care how many people go crazy and die, I don't care if the whole shuck human race ends. Even if that was the only thing that had to happen to find the cure, I'd still be against it.”