“The Maze Runner” by James Dashner

ImageI read this book in a week. And that’s saying something because I have finals coming up in three days. I checked it out of the public library last Friday and I read 133 pages in the first night. It’s a 374 page book. I know it took me a while to finish it based on that rate, and it’s not because I didn’t want to read it. It’s just finals.

My library actually had all three books in the trilogy AND the prequel so I cleaned that little James Dashner section out.

I feel no shame.

Anyway, this book is pretty much the epitome of suspense. Throughout the entire thing I was just thinking, “What is going on…?” And it was fantastic. Every time I thought I had something figured out, I was usually wrong. I don’t like predictability when it comes to books and this one did not disappoint.

Here’s the deal. The thing starts with this kid Thomas coming to in an elevator type thing going straight up for forever and he has no memory of anything other than his name. When it reaches its destination there’s a whole bunch of other boys and he’s in this big expanse called the Glade, which is surrounded by the Maze. There are four entrances to the Maze in the Glade and there are at least eight Runners who go out and search the Maze during the day after the Doors open in the morning. They have to get back at night before the Doors close again or else they’ll be trapped in the Maze with the Grievers and nobody wants that. This author sure does like capitalizing things. Anyway, Thomas’s arrival throws the whole thing off and things start going weird, even though everything had previously been running smoothly for like two years. A girl shows up and she’s in a coma but she brings bad news and all that and you just need to read this thing and get the deets for yourself.

This book ended right in the middle of a whole mess of stuff and the only thing keeping me from devouring the second book in the series right now is the knowledge that I need to do well on my finals and make good grades and stuff.

But I may use that book as a reward after I get through a few more sets of flashcards.

There are just so many questions I need answered. Half the time I wondered if the author even knew what was going on.

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Here’s some Griever humor for you.

And here’s the trailer for the movie, which is coming out in September or something like that with Dylan O’Brien (*swoon*) even though it looks totes different than the book (i.e., that girl is definitely not in a coma).

To studying and school and all that jazz,
Maegan

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“Allegiant” by Veronica Roth **SPOILER ALERT**

ImageThose last 50 pages though…

It took me a while to get into this one but I reached a point about halfway through when I just started devouring that thing. All this stuff about the future government comes out and they’re all just really terrible people so it’s fascinating and whatnot.

A few of my friends who have read the trilogy kept telling me to stop reading and that I would regret it if I finished it.

So naturally I had to know what would happen.

Here’s where the spoilers come in:

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THIS WOMAN KILLED OFF THE MAIN GIRL. I THOUGHT IT WAS A JOKE BECAUSE OF HOW MANY TIMES SHE’S BEEN SHOT AND ESCAPED DEATH, OBVIOUSLY SHE WOULD DO IT AGAIN. BUT NO, INSTEAD SHE GETS WELCOMED INTO THE AFTERLIFE BY HER MOTHER (btw, the mom died in book two) AND THEN TOBIAS GETS BACK FROM HIS MISSION TO RESCUE CHICAGO AND THEY TELL HIM TRIS GOT SHOT AND DIDN’T SURVIVE. AND TO TOP IT OFF URIAH DIED. HE WAS LIKE THE MOST LIKABLE DAUNTLESS I EVER READ ABOUT. I CANNOT EVEN DEAL.

Ok, I think I’m done. It was not something that I was emotionally ready for, not at all.

Super glad I finished this book, but now I feel like I don’t know how to deal with the loss of such significant characters in the fictional world of…¬†future Chicago.

At least in the epilogue Tobias hadn’t already moved on and gotten with someone else because that would just make me think about how in the long anticipated series finale of How I Met Your Mother Ted totally just went after Robin in the last three minutes when the entire show had been leading up to the mom. I don’t care if the mom had died six years earlier¬†and the kids were fine with it, that is not what I wanted!

But I can’t get into that on top of this book or it will cause serious problems in my cranium.

I realize that this post is scattered and probably makes not a whole lot of sense, but I am still trying to deal with the fact that TRIS DIED.

I think there’s something wrong with us book people. I feel entirely too much emotional attachment to people who do not exist.

I’m off to go mourn THE LOSS OF A MAIN CHARACTER,
Maegan