In my last post I talked about how I wanted to re-read some series I had completed to see how my taste changed, if at all. Well, I’m back and I decided that I want to do a chapter by chapter of my re-reading of The Maze Runner. I think it’ll help me get used to post more often here.
A quick background of my thoughts on the first book: I like it the first time I read it. I had planned to read it back in 2012 before the movie came out and I had positive feelings for the book. I didn’t think it was amazing but it was fast paced, I was invested in the mystery, and cared about the characters. It was a solid 6 in my book and I went on to enjoy the movie as well. Now let’s get into my current feelings on chapter one.
The first chapter is fine. It’s short but it does what it needs to do. We are thrown into a confusing and stressful situation just like our main character, the prose isn’t too puffy which I think fits the setting and our character as well. Though I will say, knowing my feelings for the other books in the series, this first chapter does hint at some things I find very annoying about the story and Thomas’s character. I’m going to highlight it here for a reminder to come back to later.
“Minutes stretched into hours, although it was impossible to know for sure because every second seemed an eternity. No. He was smarter than that. Trusting his instincts, he knew he’d been moving for roughly half an hour.
Strangely enough, he felt his fear whisked away like a swarm of gnats caught in the wind, replaced by an intense curiosity. He wanted to know where he was and what was happening.”
Yup, that right there. Ugh.
But all in all, this chapter did what it was supposed to do. Get us curious about where the story is heading. We wanna know what’s the Glade, why can’t Thomas remember anything, and just what’s going on?
Let’s see how this goes, shall we?