The Maze Runner Chapter 21

In this chapter Thomas and Minho (yeah, he’s back) run from the Grievers and throw them off a Cliff.

These chapters really don’t need to be this short. Really.

I don’t have too much to say about this chapter, the writing is fine, the main issue still being that I don’t find the Grievers scary. Minho finding Thomas and pulling him along through the Maze.

I wonder where Minho had been in order for him to say.

“I just saw…the dive move you did…back there…gave me an idea…”

Was he just…around the corner? How?

Thomas does bring up a good question about how this Cliff can be there in the first place. Who put this Maze out there? It brings up the question without calling too much attention to it.

One thing that makes me pause is this line:

Dawn was beginning to make it’s Mark, the sky seeming to have lightened considerably…”

How long has Thomas and Minho been out there? It doesn’t seem to be that long. I don’t know how it takes for the sun to come up in this universe, but still. It doesn’t seem like they’ve been out there for hours.

Time is weird to keep track of.

Minho comes up with a good plan and Thomas pick it up quickly. It shows both of them as smart and quick thinkers. Minho is my fave so far.

Anyways, decent chapter over all. This book is mostly becoming “meh” as I read on.

Untill next time.

The Maze Runner Chapter 20

This chapter is all about Thomas running away from the Griever and…it’s pretty underwhelming. That’s pretty sad since I do like the way Dashner writes action. 

I blame the Griever since I don’t find them interesting. 

But this chapter wasn’t terrible, so it’s okay. Thomas quickly came up with a plan and started swinging away from the Griever and Alby. Luckily, or unluckily, the Griever followed after Thomas and started chasing him. I do really like the fact that Thomas is working so hard to try and save Alby’s life, even if he’s not 100% sure if his life can actually be saved.

Makes me like him.

Thomas spends some “tense” minutes, or seconds (I don’t really know), swinging away from the monster. I’m not too sure how exactly the Griever is climbing the walls, but…I don’t dwell on it too much.

There’s a line that gives me pause when Thomas kicks and struggles with the monster:

“…he kicked out with both feet to push off, squirming to avoid the swarm of needles and claws coming at him from all directions.”

I don’t know how many needles the Griever has, the book never tells us, but I assume it’s a lot. So the fact that Thomas kdoeent get stung here seemed really… convenient. Too convenient perhaps.

Thomas makes it to the ground and starts running. The fact that Thomas can track his own movements so easily considering the situation too easily connected to him being a runner, but whatever. 

It ends with Thomas running into 3 other Grievers. Let’s see how Thomas gets out of this one.

The Maze Runner Chapter 19

Short review for a short chapter. This chapter is mainly focused on the Griever and Thomas’s response to the monster which is…well I guess it’s good if you are a person who finds the Grievers scary and terrifying, but I don’t.

At all.

So this chapter really fell flat for me.

First of all, the monster is…dumb. Really, really dumb. Here’s the description:

It looked like an experiment gone terribly wrong—something from a nightmare. Part animal, part machine, the Griever rolled and clicked along the stone pathway. Its body resembled a gigantic slug, sparsely covered in hair and glistening with slime, grotesquely pulsating in and out as it breathed. It had no distinguishable head or tail, but front to end it was at least six feet long, four feet thick.

Every ten to fifteen seconds, sharp metal spikes popped through its bulbous flesh and the whole creature abruotly curled into a ball and spun forward. Then it would settle, seeming to gather its bearing, the spikes receding back through the moist skin with a sick slurping sound. It did this over and over, traveling just a few feet at a time.

But hair and spikes were not the only things protruding from the Griever’s body. Several randomly placed mechanical arms stuck out here and there, each one with a different purpose. A few had bright lights attached to them. Other has long, menacing needles. One had a three-fingered claw that clasped and unclasped for no apparent reason. When the creature rolled, these arms folded and maneuvered to avoid being crushed. Thomas wondered what—or who—could create such frightening, disgusting creatures.

That was a long description, but this…it’s not very compelling. It’s very hard to wrap my head around what this thing looks like and, yeah, that’s a big part of why I don’t find them terrifying. Plus…the Grievers move in a dumb way.  Up there it says that they spin, but I think a more accurate word is ‘roll’ and that’s just plain silly!

Maybe I expect too much from my book monsters.

Oh well, the most unnerving thing about this creature is when it started to climb the wall where Thomas and Alby are hanging out at (though how exactly it’s climbing I’ll find out next, I guess), other than that, it’s nothing special.

I know where the story is going but I hope it picks up again soon.

The Maze Runner Chapter 18

This chapter we focus on Thomas trying to save Alby while they are trapped in the Maze overnight. Thomas is a bit upset in the beginning over the fact that Minho left both of them there.

While I understand Thomas’s feelings on the matter I really don’t think he has a right to judge Minho. Minho has been there for who knows how long and I think he has every right to try and save himself. Maybe not the noblest of moves, but I get it.

We also learn that Thomas officially considers Alby a friend. That was nice to know since with Alby’s attitude and Thomas’s responses to him didn’t really suggest much. Although Thomas makes a mental comment about how “Thomas before” couldn’t leave a friend behind, and I just wonder what made him think that he was like that before? Maybe he assumes if he wasn’t like that before that he would have pulled a Minho?

But the main event of this chapter is Thomas tieing up Alby in the vines to try and avoid the Grievers. It’s a pretty decent plan, though I wonder how he ended up tieing Alby up there. The book describes Thomas pushing Alby up and then tieing off his arms and legs, but…unless he wraps all of the vines multiple times around his limbs?

However, he did it Thomas was successful in getting Alby and himself off of the ground. It’s a solid plan, even if Thomas isn’t sure what a Griever is really capable of yet.

The end of the chapter isn’t too great; Thomas get’s spotted by a Bettle Blade, we see it has WICKED written on it’s body, and then a Griever comes around the corner. I don’t find either of these things scary so it fell flat.

Till next time!

A Look at Character Design: Kirara Amanogawa (Part 1)

Hey, I’m back with another look at a character design! This time I’ll be looking at one of my favorite Cures from one of my favorite seasons!

Today I’ll be looking at Kirara Amanogawa, aka Cure Twinkle from Go! Princess PreCure!

Her civilian look:

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Source: Pretty Cure Wiki

Well, her first civilian outfit. Kirara has a bunch of cute outfits, which makes sense since she’s a fashion model. I’m going to try to look at her summer and winter outfits, but I can only screencaps of those so I might miss some details.

Anyways, the first thing I would like to note is that I think the colors used here are great. The yellow is eye-catching without being overpowering. The two-tone, high-waist shorts are very stylish and the muted shades complement her top very well. Her shoes, headband, and earrings are nice as details as well.

I don’t know what one would call this color combination but I know yellow and purple are complementary colors, while yellow and green are right next to each other on the wheel so…analogus and complementary? Not too sure.

Kirara’s outfit here does a good job of showing off her stylish and slightly mature personality, as well as the fact that she’s a bit difficult to talk to at first. She’s less mature than Minami and more mature than Haruka. She’s a good middle ground and this outfit shows it.

 

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Source: Pretty Cure Wiki

 

This outfit (with cameos from all the other girls) doesn’t have the most interesting color combination. But it’s still a nice one.

 

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Source: Pretty Cure Wiki

The ruffle top and jean combo is very cute and gives Kirara a more girlish look and feel. I think this works best with the development of her personality; being more open and warmer with everyone.

 

 

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Source: Pretty Cure Wiki

 

Again, this is a cute outfit. The yellow is the same shade as the yellow from her first outfit and complements the orange of her stockings nicely. Her headband is yellow now instead of purple and stands out much more because of this. The blue of her shorts sort of give me pause; I never really noticed them during the show, but looking at them now I think the blue is a strong color. I think it’s the most saturated of her clothes here. But since I didn’t notice it before it can’t have been too eye-catching. Maybe it’s because they’re so short and mostly covered by her cute sweater.

Well, that’s all for part one, part two will be about her Cure Forms! Thank you for reading and until next time!