Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

My son, Denver, and I recently finished reading The Maze Runner by James Dashner. We both loved the 13th Reality series and were disappointed with The Maze Runner. Denver had read ahead in the book. I kept asking him, "Does it get any better?" He kept reassuring me that it didn't. Sadly, I read to the end and it didn't get better. I hated the senseless violence and the made-up swear words. The boys kept saying, shuck you, shuck face, shuck it. It doesn't take a great imagination to convert that one.
I'm not sure if the book itself was the problem or if it was because I read it with my 11yo. I'm fairly protective of my sons. They don't watch PG-13 shows or much television beyond Discovery Channel. I wonder if I was upset because I assumed this would be another 13th Reality and didn't realize The Maze Runner was a Dystopian story. It reminds me of a good friend who told me she hated the movie Avatar. I was surprised because I loved that show. But she explained that she saw it after her 7 & 10 yo sons had seen it twice. We look at things a bit differently when we're mothers.
Would I have loved The Maze Runner if I would've read it by myself? Was I too affected by parental protection? I honestly don't know. There were a lot of wonderful reviews on the book. I'd love to hear from those of you who have read it.


  1. I haven't read it yet, but my son and I are reading his Jimmy Fincher books (he loves them) and I was looking forward to reading the 13th Reality series, followed by The Maze Runner. I appreciate your candid review because I would feel the same way about the criticisms you mentioned.

  2. P.S. I'm giving away a copy of Sister Pact on my blog right now. :)

  3. Thanks, Rachael. I don't like to give negative reviews, but I wish I would've known more about this book before I read it with my son.
    Thanks for doing a giveaway of The Sister Pact. Which of your blogs is it on? I searched through the ones on blogger and couldn't find it.
    Thanks again,

  4. Cami, I felt similarly about the book. Loved the 13th Reality series, really liked the Jimmy Fincher saga. Here is a link to my goodreads review:

  5. Thanks, Shanda. Good to know I'm not alone!

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