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4.0 out of 5 stars Like a good action flick, April 29, 2014
This review is from: The Maze Runner Trilogy (Maze Runner) (Paperback)
It took me awhile to warm up to the Maze Runner.

As I was reading the first book, I was repeatedly irritated by the lack of character development, the many choice bits of possible dialogue that seemed ignored or discarded without thought, and the inconsistency in the way things were represented. As a fairly non-spoilery example (there are many others), these kids are supposedly geniuses, but fail for two years to figure out a basic acronym, even though the book clearly states they had seen it written many times.

Everything, in fact, seemed to take a backseat to the action sequences, which were frequent and, truth be told, rather exciting. Still, I was fairly convinced that I would not want to read the next books in the series.

Yet, by the time I was done, I found myself hooked anyway. And so I went and read the second book, which was more of the same, yet even more so - and still, by the time I ended that one, I immediately opened the third and read it in its entirety that same day. I simply couldn't let it out of my hands, with every short chapter ending in a perfect teaser, forcing me to stay awake to read the next one.

The truth is, these books just never let go. Like a good action flick, you are constantly in thrall to the "what's gonna happen next?!" syndrome, slightly dazed by the pace, entranced by the visuals and special effects, your heart racing together with the people and things and stuff going on all around, all the time. Who cares about character development when you have Bruce Willis running around blowing things up and yelling "Yippee ki-yay" when he gets the bad guy? Die Hard is a friggin' awesome movie even with characters as flat as cardboard.

And such is the truth of this series. It is far from a literary masterpiece, but it still delivers in spades. The Maze Runner is easy to get into, easy to enjoy, highly entertaining, and just plain fun all the way through. it is a guilty pleasure, and who doesn't like those? in the end, I sure did.
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