I first read The Maze Runner back in March 2010, not long after it was first released. I remembered enjoying it, but never returned to the series as the sequels were completed. Then, I saw the movie was going to be released. And, a friend asked about the trilogy. I figured it was time to return to THE MAZE!
Since it had been a number of years since reading the book, I thought it would be best if I revisited the story. I needed to be reminded that Thomas randomly appeared in the maze. That the maze was an isolated home to dozens of boys, all who appeared just as Thomas did. The initial view seems peaceful, content, and organized. However, on further inspection, Thomas discovers that the maze is a nightmare, one the boys cannot escape and becomes downright terrifying at night when the Grievers appear. Thomas didn't think it could get worse, but it does ... when a girl arrives with a message and everything begins to escalate.
The Maze Runner was still an enjoyable read the second time around. I discovered that I needed a reminder of Thomas and the maze. I remembered the basic plot, but some of the details were needed for the rest of the series. In the end, a good start to the beginning of the trilogy.
The maze is gone, but Thomas and company have to face an all new challenge. A challenge that may be more difficult than the maze, and leaves characters and readers alike wondering who to trust.
I liked that I learned more about the history of the maze. I liked the new characters introduced, both the good and the bad. I did not like that I was left with even more questions than I started with.
The finale to the trilogy brings a completely different dimension to the world than Thomas is living in. I enjoyed these new challenges, finally getting a peek into the outside world that keeps being only referred to in the previous novels. And, Thomas finally gets his own answers and maybe some resolution.
Overall, I was satisfied with the series. It did get progressively more violent, which took me a bit by surprise (and I'm not sure why). And, the ending left me with very mixed feelings. BUT, it was good character development and world-building.
The Maze Runner movie is now out on DVD, and I had the opportunity the other day to watch it. It did not follow the books as much as I had hoped. The movie really took advantage of the scariness of the book, but it also took out key aspects that I'm hoping will be addressed in the sequels to come. My final conclusion: It was good. The book was better.
Have you read The Maze Runner trilogy? Have you seen the movie? What did you think about the progression of the series and the way it ended?