[Audiobook Review] The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Fry's Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 31st January, 2015

[Audiobook Review] The Maze Runner by James DashnerThe Maze Runner by James Dashner
Series: Maze Runner #1
on October 6th, 2009
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 374
Source: Library
f you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.

I actually DNF’d this book once. I’ll admit it. I got about fifty pages in and absolutely nothing was making sense and I just didn’t have time for that sort of nonsense. I’m all for having books be mysterious, but this, despite the memory loss, made everyone just seem really dumb. Four hours into this audiobook, I considered DNF’ing again, but by that point I was almost halfway through. So, I decided to see it out to the end. I’m not sure if that was a good thing or not, honestly.

Our main protagonist, Thomas is sent to a settling of young boys that is set within a maze. He remembers nothing specific about his past, though impressions of things and ideas are still apparent. The new world that he’s been thrust into is different and strange, and he spends most of his time pulling at the plot threads like they’re a tangled knot of yarn. Unfortunately, the way he does so makes him sound so utterly vapid that it is a wonder that he’s the smartest kid out there. James Dashner’s writing just made the internal dialogue read like the rambling writings of my third grader. Thomas wants to cheer or otherwise make noise every time someone says the littlest thing. They can’t fucking have a conversation without Thomas interjecting with his feels. Ugh, it was awful.

The fact that the book doesn’t even reveal everything by the end was annoying as well. I think the author was betting on me getting attached to some of the characters, which, unfortunately didn’t happen. To be fair, I blame that on part of the narrator for this book. The audiobook narrator took the one Asian kid and gave him a freaking Native American accent, and that was possibly the most infuriating thing I could have ever listened to. Who made that choice? Who LET him narrate it like that?

They also do that infuriating thing where they make up their own swear words. Shank? Clunk? It just made the characters sound even DUMBER. Because, they’re obviously all teenage boys with no qualms about anything and here they are making up swear words that sound awful and don’t even flow off the tongue. I’ve yet to find one of these made up swear words to even come close to gorram or fracking. Maybe I’ve got too high of standards for my made up swears.

Anyway, nine hours later and I’ve still got no answers. Even LOST gave me a few little tidbits to keep me going. This didn’t even do that for me. At this point, I don’t even care about the conspiracy or the mystery or any of the characters. I can’t imagine I’m going to pick up the next one and try to jump into it, especially if it suffers from the same sort of clipped storytelling, idiot characters and awful narrator as the last one.

Written by Fry


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