No doubt that The Maze Runner Series is making a buzz all over the internet, both the book and the movie. If its not for Dylan O'Brien (who plays Thomas the protagonist) I would not care about the book. So since I'm so eager to watch the movie I decided to read the book first before it hits the theater. It's a good read. Its frustratingly entertaining and engaging.
It keeps you wanting to know more and to get some answers, so its a page turner. It makes you wonder about things, about their situation and all the stuff they throw in the story. Its kind of frustrating to read the whole series because it keeps you thinking how can these teens go through so much, it seems like they are in a hopeless situation that you want to go inside the book and help them get out of there.
The Maze Runner is the best of the 3 books. The plot and characters are unique. Its a roller coaster of action and questions. Though the answers are given in specific time and situations it makes you want to have all the answers there is. The end of the first book is a cliffhanger, so you get to the next book as fast as you can.
The Scorch Trials there is nothing much which is a downer. Its the same process in the first book in a different place. But the same...run and survive. It answer some questions in the first book and you somehow have a grasp of why it is happening. They introduced new characters in this book.
The Death Cure is the last one of the series, It has more action, suspense, emotion and answers. Its suspenseful to the point that you just want to skip half of it and go to the end of the chapter ^^ just to know what happens after everything they'd been through. It has more emotion that the two books since there are deaths and some other things. But I don't like how some of the events turned out. Its lame... its....just....lame! gee!
I think the charm of this series are the characters. Though there is not much of a character development you just learn to love them. You find yourself caring for the Glader boys. You'll love them and worry for them.
Thomas (the protagonist) hate him, love him. Loyal to a fault and does everything to save his friends. I just don't like the thought of other characters death to save him. I don't like how he ends up with Brenda the new girl and just shrug off Teresa his best friend since the beginning. Though there is not much of a romance in this series, still I don't like how things ended up with the 3 of them.I like that these girls are as tough as the boys. They are not the typical damsel in distress, it is also a good point that they show less weakness and they just keep on fighting for their lives and not bothering others with it.
Minho is the Asian character that is tough, hot tempered and sarcastically funny. He can be a good leader (though they say Thomas is the true leader). He only trusts Newt and Thomas. I like the idea of an Asian character playing a big role in a story, its out of standard which is pretty awesome.
Newt is a good-natured character. He is the one that keeps the other boys together. He sees reason and he weigh things. He is the second in command in the Glade (a place inside the maze). He is a character favorite (alongside with Chuck the boy who is like a brother to Thomas though he died in the end of the first book). I don't like how things turned out for him in the 3rd book. I keep asking why him? :( and with a heavy heart you just have to accept it.
Gally the bad boy in the first book, whom they thought dead when they left him, turned out to be kicking and alive in the third book. He is a changed person in the third book and he knows a lot about the situation. Thomas figured out that Gally's behavior inside the Glade is manipulated. So even though Gally is the one who killed Chuck, Thomas forgave him.
Overall: Its a good series, it is written to entertain the readers. Though not much for the character development you'll just love them anyway, especially the three boys (Thomas, Minho and Newt). Its action, survival, questions, emotions, loyalty and death. The slang that they created in the book is pretty cool, if you get the hang of it you somehow use it like a normal words. So that it "shanks"!