Review: The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner

Title: The Maze Runner Trilogy
Author: James Dashner
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
 (Overall rating of the series)

I’ve never done a review for an entire series at once before, but I figured that would be the best way to do this one. I bought The Maze Runner about two months before I actually read it, and I was nervous about reading it. I had really high expectations because I know a lot of people that love these books, and I didn’t want it to be a let down. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy the first book of the series all that much until I was near the end.

Without giving too much away, I’ll try to tell you what the series is about, since the Goodreads descriptions are for each book separately. The Maze Runner series focuses on a sixteen year-old named Thomas. One day, he wakes up in a lift where he can’t remember anything at all about his past other than his first name. He isn’t alone, however. There are others who are just like him, who woke up in “The Glade” and didn’t remember anything. They’re also all boys. The Glade is in the middle of a giant maze with stone doors that close at night so that “Grievers,” which are basically giant slugs with mechanical arms, can’t get in at night. The day after Thomas arrives, a girl is sent into The Glade. A girl has never been sent to the maze before, and usually the boys arrive a month apart from each other. More surprising, though, is the message that she has been sent to deliver. Thomas and the other boys have to find a way out of the maze.

If I tell you any more than that, it would ruin the entire series, so there’s just your basic premise. I will tell you, though, that the rest of the series doesn’t take place inside the maze. We get to see what the rest of the world is like, which I liked a lot about the sequels. Honestly, I didn’t like the first book much at all. I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads. At times, I got bored with all of the descriptions that Dashner gave. It almost felt like he had a certain amount of pages he HAD to fill, and so instead of giving us more things happening, he gives us endless descriptions of things that I honestly didn’t care about. On top of that, the characters never really made me like them (in the first book, anyway). I loved the ending though, so I knew I had to read the rest of the series.

The Scorch Trials was MUCH better than the first book, in my opinion. I can’t really give a description of what happens because it would spoil the first book, SO I’ll just say that I really loved some of the new characters that were introduced (Unpopular Opinion: Brenda was a MUCH better female protagonist than Teresa). The story was MUCH more entertaining than The Maze Runner as well. It still took a little while for me to really get into this one, but not nearly as long as the first one.

The Death Cure was my favorite in the series. It has the lowest rating on Goodreads, and I honestly don’t understand why. I felt like it was the perfect ending to the series. I think the reason I liked it so much more than the others was because we got to see the world outside of WICKED’s control, and by this point I had finally warmed up to most of the characters.

Overall, I enjoyed this series, especially after I started liking the characters. It’s not my favorite series, by any means (that’s a tie between The Hunger Games and Divergent), but I do think that it was a nice read. I definitely recommend that you guys check it out if you haven’t already. If you can’t get into the first book, don’t fret, because they definitely get better as they go!

The prequel to this series, The Kill Order, was released this week. I’ve already bought it, but I have a couple of other books I need to finish first. I’ll be sure to let you know what I think of it!