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So, that was a bit intense. And although I am easing up in the posting here (by one day, two if you count the fact that Saturday isn’t a new content day), I am still in the writing mode and braving the madness that is Nano. It’s gonna be fine…all gonna be fine.
Anyway, given that the last 2 months have been pretty full some things have had to sort of been put on hold, including the reviews of the books that I read as part of my 2016 reading challenge. There are now only 2 months left of it and for the most part I am on track to finish on time…
So there is gonna be a bit of a catch up of the books I’ve read and we are gonna start with this one, which I actually finished in August during that time where I sort of dropped off the posting schedule because I was just tired basically. And even though I could have posted it back then when I went to write it I just couldn’t get the words out, so I pushed it back…by over two months.
The first book back is this:
I bought this in a Barnes and Noble 2 years ago no, because R and I are moths to a fucking flame when it comes to bookshops and it would be rude to not go to one whilst we were in New York. I started trying to read it around that time as well, but got 30 pages in and just couldn’t get into it. It just didn’t grab me, and then I put off reading it last year because I was convinced that it just wouldn’t be my cup of tea. And then I sort of just kept putting it off this year, even though I had stuck it on the list for the year because I still had that mindset.
Which was dumb, because I ended up bloody loving it, to the point where I am, yet again, annoyed that I have to wait a while before I can continue with the series. It left it in a place that made me really want to know what the hell was happening.
The plot was fascinating and really made you wonder what exactly would happen if you were just sort of stuck somewhere with all these people and you had gotten into a routine and then all of a sudden the routine went to total shit and you had to adapt all over again. The various ways in which these characters dealt with it were interesting to see play out. I liked the rising tensions between the characters as theses environments changed and the way that this all came to a head in the climax of the book was actually an incredibly satisfying read in the end.
Thomas was an great gateway into the story. The way the reader witnesses his character develop was really good in my opinion. Having to figure out what is going on with him and the way that the world that he has been dropped into as he is doing it is pretty much always my favourite viewpoint for a novel like this, don’t ask me why but it just is. The characters that he had to interact with and learn about were interesting and learning about the way that they slot into this world that Thomas has been dropped in was something that I also enjoyed about the narrative of this story.
The fact that Thomas and Teresa seemed to straddle these two worlds, one being knowing nothing and the other being have fragments of memory of ‘before’ was one of the highlights of the book for me. I liked the way the pieces of a puzzle were just sort of dropped throughout the build up of story and then all just sort of fell into a place in a way that I wasn’t expecting. Which in itself was weird because for a while I sort of felt like I knew where it was going. But I didn’t and that made me happy. Not knowing where something is going will do that to a reader I guess.
The take on the idea that setting up a new society from scratch and then having that completely taken apart that Dashner had was an element of this that I also enjoyed. I mean at it’s core it is basically a progression of Lord of the Flies but less annoying and part of a story that I actually enjoyed. There were even slight equivalent characters between the two if I wanted to get super specific and compare and contrast-y with it, but I won’t for now.
The ending of this book somewhat confused me in that I cannot figure out if it was good or bad or what it might mean for anything…I honestly have no clue. And I’ve even watched the film since I read the book and I still don’t know which way it swings. Maybe that’ the point? Maybe I just didn’t get it. I can’t tell. I do know that I it left me in a position to really want to read the next one, which I should really refrain from doing because I have a lot (and I mean a lot) of books that I have already bought and need to read before I should even think about buying anymore. But when the time comes I am looking forward to continuing this series and seeing where Dashner takes Thomas and the rest of these characters now that they are out of The Maze.
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