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The Maze Runner Chapter 4

Back at it again with another chapter review!

This chapter this time around is pretty meh. If I wasn’t doing these chapter reviews then I’m sure I would just blow past this chapter without much thought.

The main purpose of this chapter is to give us more information about the Glade. We get an even more clear description of the layout of the Glade, again, not sure it was needed, but it’s here. We learn that the walls of the Glade move at night, something Thomas finds of freaking impossible that he’s totally rattled when they actually do move.

We also learn that they’re in a maze. While the chapter’s ‘meh’ this does deepen the mystery some more. We see a shadowy room the Runners, Thomas gets even more curious and scared. But for the tiny bit of information he does learn he’s got a million more questions.

One thing that sticks out to me in the bland chapter is that…Dashner’s writing is…well I don’t think it’s particularly strong. I’m having trouble pinning it down, but certain things don’t flow very well. Like this passage:

“It bothered Thomas that Chuck didn’t seem to care about what he’d just said. That he seemed indifferent to having his life taken anyway from him. What was wrong with thee people? Thomas got to his feet and started walking toward the eastern opening. ‘Well, no one said I couldn’t look around.’ He needed to learn something or he was going to lose his mind.

‘Whoa, wait!’ Chuck cried, running to catch up. ‘Be careful, those puppies are about to close.’ He already sounded out of breath.

‘Close?’ Thomas repeated. ‘What are you talking about?’

‘The Doors, you shank.’

‘Door? I don’t see any doors.’ Thomas knew Chuck wasn’t just making stuff up— he knew he was missing something obvious. He grew uneasy and realized he’d slowed his pace, not so eager to reach the walls anymore.”

This isn’t terrible but the switch to Thomas uneasiness feels abrupt. I guess I’d call it Telling rather than Showing. Thomas’s mix of emotions doesn’t flow well because of this.

But Chuck proves to be a bright spot by basically telling Thomas to go take a nap. It was basically time for them to sleep anyways, but still, it was good.

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The Maze Runner Chapter 3

The thing that mostly stands out is that, at this point, I’ getting frustrated with all of Thomas;s question asking. I feel that that’s the point, Thomas is getting frustrated and so are we. But I’m not really on Thomas’s side in this.

I completely understand where Thomas is coming from, but demanding answer from folks hadn’t gotten anything the first time he tried it. I don’t see why barging  into a place where he’s told not to go would change that. This may also be due to the fact that I can kin of see where the Gladers are coming from.

After seeing Ben go through the Changing (who’s naming these things?) Thomas is completely horrified. All the Gladers, with the exception as far as we know, being Chuck, have been there a while. They’re probably come up with this system to protect newbies from further trauma. This may not be the best way to handle things but its the best this group of boys could muster. If Thomas had just waited I’m sure he would have gained the info he wanted.

Chuck’s intro was done pretty well. He’s a believable 12-13 year old and even though Thomas described his face as “pitiful” I think he’s cute. My favorite line of his so far is this:

Klunk’s another word for poo. Poo makes a klunk sound when it falls in out pee pots.”

That’s such a…kid thing to say. Haha.

Gally physical description is even worse but we’re not supposed to like him so he’s the ugliest thing in the Glade at this point.

The most interesting thing in this is Gally tell Thomas, and us, that he’s seen Thomas while he went through the changing. It opens up so many more questions and is good to keep out attention and push us forward.

Fun Note and Spoiler:

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The Maze Runner Chapter 2

One thing I wanna point out is how my copy of The Maze Runner lays out the first couple of chapters.

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I think this is a pretty smart layout since it makes it way easier to continue reading. The first chapter, though competent at it’s job, isn’t an immediate page turner. So this is an east way to get the reader to continue.

Okay, on to today’s chapter. It’s fine.

We get a bit more info about stuff. Thomas realizes that he doesn’t know how old he is, which, for my money, brings up a lot of questions about what Thomas remembers and what he doesn’t, but that’s not a super important detail. As Alby says in the chapter “Old life’s over.” We hear some of the Glade slang which is still silly to me, but is does help sell the isolation these characters faced.

We meet Alby and his temper, which makes sense, he’s the new leader in this. There’s not much information at the moment but I think the book is hinting at this Nick person mentioned was the previous leader There aren’t really any concrete hints but the framing of the whole setup gives off that vibe.

The actual description of the Glade is fine, nothing too memorable really, besides the walls of the maze. But it’s perfectly serviceable, I mean, we don’t need a blueprint of how the Glade’s laid out.

We get a small hint of some guy giving Thomas a nasty look which doesn’t do much to calm our protag’s shot nerves.

One amusing thing I noticed this time around was the fact that all the boys, well all the ones mentioned anyways, were muscular. Every single one. I know the boys do a lot of physical labor but still, kinda funny.

All in all a decent way to continue the story.

On to the next one!

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The Maze Runner Chapter 1

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?