Firstly I should say that this is a prequel to the Maze Runner series so I would suggest reading them first, there are reviews for them and I shall link them here (The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure)
I suppose I had mixed feelings going into this book. I wanted to read it because I loved The Maze Runner trilogy and everyone seemed to be talking about this prequel. However I’m always weary about reading prequels, I don’t know why but I just think they’re a little weird and have the ability to completely ruin the original series. I guess you could say I procrastinated, I always meant to read it but I never really got round to it and I didn’t even own a copy. However, quite spontaneously, I picked up a cheap copy in HMV (by the way HMV is fab for cheap books but there isn’t usually a big range…). When I finally opened the first page I was surprised, I have to admit I didn’t think it would be that good, but the new characters are really likable and courageous (I do love that in a book). Also the story line held its own in a way that it links to the maze runner (as a prequel should) but it didn’t fell as though this book was relying on the success of the original trilogy (if that makes sense).
Okay… to the actual story. Like I have said previously it is a prequel to the Maze Runner series so the story revolves around the start of the sun flares and the origin of the Flare virus and I would just like to add that this start really did shock me, I really wasn’t expecting it! The main protagonist is a young teenager named Mark. He is struggling to live in this new infected world and has to do his best to save the people he loves. What I really like about this book is that it really entwines with the story of the Maze Runner, I don’t want to spoil it but in the very beginning and at the very end we see some familiar faces *wink wink*.
Some of the elements of this book really took me by surprise (which I should have been expecting, I mean come on, this is a James Dashner book…). However thanks to a lovely chat with one of the Waterstones staff I did predict the end of the book (or at least I’m pretty sure I predicted it, it wasn’t really finalised, wow that doesn’t make sense but it will if you read it…). Anyway I feel as though most people wouldn’t have guessed it, I keep telling myself that so I feel clever… that was my only criticism to be honest, and it was a bit picky of me… oh well… this book was intense, engaging and really exciting so I would definitely recommend this to anyone who has read The Maze Runner series and loved it as much as I did! I’m going to award this book a 4 out of 5 stars, I would have given it a 5 but I predicted the ending soo it’s a 4 I’m afraid, but it was still bloody good!
but I predicted the ending soo it’s a 4 I’m afraid, but it was still bloody good!