Let me start with saying that I watched the movie before I read the book.
That being said, I thought both the movie and the book were just okay. Let me start with the movie.
I was really excited to see this movie because I saw a few trailers and I heard some pretty good reviews on this movie. I watched it with my sister after she had watched it maybe an hour before. It was interesting and caught my attention but for the most part I was left with a bunch of unanswered questions and feeling that the movie had so much potential but fell flat of any expectation that I had. Then I got to read the book.
The ONLY reason I watched the movie first was because the wait list for the book at the library was ridiculously long. I was able to get on the wait list in October and didn’t actually receive the book until February. Yeah, that was a lot of hype and waiting for a book that I thought was just okay bordering not that great.
My issues with the book: weird slang, no character development, slow paced, not so scary bad guys, things not tying up in the end, random unneeded elements that didn’t add to the story or help develop it in any way. Let’s start with the weird slang. Klunk, Shank, Shuck, Shuck-face… What? The author has probably NOT walked through a middle school, high school, or even an elementary school recently because I knew most swear words by the time I was nine or ten. This idea that these “kids” made up their own “swear” words was ridiculous especially since they used “bro” as well. If you’ve been to a school recently and walked around and listened to what kids say in this day and age, you know what I’m talking about.
Character development was lacking. I felt no attraction or connection to these kids, the main character, or anyone mentioned in this book and most of that was because their characters stayed pretty one dimensional. The characters were pretty much the same from beginning to end and that wasn’t really a good thing for me because I felt no sense of loss when a character died. For the most part, I could barely tell most of the non essential characters apart.
This book was sllloooooooowwwwwww. For a book that goes on and on and on for 374 pages, not much happened. When things finally started picking up, it felt as though the author rushed through the book to finish it as quickly as possible with as much information thrown in so that it seemed like it would be worth it in the end. It wasn’t. Another thing that added to the slowness was the lack of any information being told to the main character. When he got to the maze, from the beginning to almost the end, they withheld almost any and all information that could and would be useful to know. And for what reason? No clue. Would it have upset him to know what was going on? Nope. Guess that’s why we don’t let kids run society.
The bad guys ended up not being all that scary. Gooey blobs of weirdness and mechanics that stabbed you with needles or killed you. Figure it would be easy to make that seem scary. I wasn’t too frightened. I guess my version of scary would have been something else (for the movie I think they did a great job on making the things scary because they were not what I pictured when I read the book). Also, the creators of the maze. They were made out to be these scary horrible people but again when they finally met, they weren’t that scary or anything. They just came off as people.
Things not tying up at the end is as self explanatory as I can get without ruining the book for someone. (And that isn’t what I want to do because I know A LOT of people that actually enjoyed this book. These are just my opinions and they will probably be different from person to person, so please don’t take my word for it and read it for yourself and draw your own opinions about the book)
Random unneeded things that made no sense whatsoever and didn’t have anything to do with the plot or development of the plot. There is a major spoiler which I refuse to reveal but I will say that it made no sense and that it had nothing to do with the plot and seemed like it was thrown in to just wow readers. It wasn’t needed and if the story didn’t have it the book would have been fine without it. (It also was something that wasn’t in the movie if that helps you figure out what it is)
ANYWAY, that was a long rant about what I had issues with. Like I said before, these are just my personal opinions. I didn’t enjoy this book and I think the hype about it had something to do with it. It was an okay read, but not something that I would pick up and buy. I urge you to pick this up and read it because your opinions may be totally different from my own. For the most part, I have only heard good things about this book and I seem to be the odd man out about my opinions, so if you haven’t read it yet go pick it up and form your own opinions. I think that reading is one of the best things you could ever do no matter what it is you’re reading.