by James Dashner
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I really enjoyed this one. From the very confusing and twisted beginning, this book had it’s claws into me and consumed me from the start. So many confusing elements and ways of life, we are left to wonder what is going on for most of the story. At one point, I started to get annoyed with how many questions Thomas would ask, but had to pull my frustration back a bit. Who wouldn’t wonder what the hell was going on? You wake up in a dingy metal box with people staring at you and you can’t remember a thing. Craziness.
What stuck with me throughout the entirety of this book was the creepiness of the unknown. Why are freaky, blobbish metal contraptions spread throughout the maze? What is their purpose? What is the point of living in a stabilized society with a danger lurking behind the oh-so-precious maze walls every night? So many things don’t make sense, but I realized with clarity that this was why I enjoyed the premise so much.
Most people seemed annoyed with the lack of answers. I thought it was intriguing. I actually wouldn’t have minded more Griever action than was given. I never could really visualize what they looked like completely, but I had an idea, and that idea was scary enough.
Thomas was a great male pov. I enjoyed most of this thoughts, and I liked his common display of heroics. He never once left someone behind, and he even attempted to break rules multiple times to save others. He was a really fun, loyal character to follow and most likely the reason I enjoyed TMR so much. His bond with Chuck broke my heart. Chuck, from what I gathered, was one of the youngest, weakest Gladers confined in the maze world. Thomas never once deterred from Chuck’s friendship, and I thought it was utterly heartwarming.
Newt was my other favorite character, followed by Minho. Newt was always sweet and funny. He generally tried to empathize with everyone and turned out to be a loyal comrade as well. Just a really fun addition to the story. Minho, while crazy or exasperating at times, was a supporter of the greater good as well. With these two characters’ support, the story seemed to flow that much easier and made it extremely enjoyable as well.
All in all, TMR had some different language I needed to get used to, but for the most part, it was easily adaptable and eventually became a part of the story. Overall, I would say this was a very fun read and completely unexpected. I can’t wait to start the next in the series and find some more answers and character development.