So I decided for my first challenge I would choose the category Read after watching the Movie.
After watching the film I really wanted to read The Maze Runner by James Dashner, I had heard about the book way before the film but just never got around to reading it. With both the book and Film being so popular I will admit it took me a little longer to ‘jump on the band wagon’ and finally read it. I had previously read books such as the Twilight series and The Hunger Games both after watching them on screen and enjoyed the books so much more. For me it was nice to have the faces for each character so when I was reading I could imagine them, rather than having it the opposite and then be disappointed by what I see. I know that the book and film was very popular although I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read it so I’ll try not to add in any spoilers.
photo source: my own.
I found that in the book you gain a lot more about how Thomas is feeling and his confusion with being in the maze. He doesn’t why and how he got there and also more about his internal struggle and accepting his now fate, his struggles with the different jobs and tasks along with how he got to be a runner. I know that this is all seen in the film although like any book you gain so much more, this ranges from the little things such as getting more detail about their own slang and his relationships with Newt and Minho. The only thing I will say is that I found that certain events happened in a different timeline as the books, which did make me feel a little out of sync at times. When Thomas learns that he has triggered The End of the maze, they now have to find a way to solve the Maze otherwise none of them will survive, this is when it really starts to pick it up. The book is non-stop and gives nothing away so when you think you have solved it something happens and kicks everything off again. Almost everything is explained in the book but there’s still unanswered questions are brought over to the sequel.
What really draws you into the book is that everything you feel as a reader, the frustration with wanting to know what is going and the urgency to find out is matched with what you experience with Thomas and his own fight.
Like any other book that has shared its story both on screen and on the page you gain so much more from the book and the extra little bits that make the story much more exciting when you are turning each page. Before the Maze Runner the only book I have read that is within its genre would be The Hunger Games and honestly expected it to be very similar so I was pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be so different. Although each character is fighting to survive they do it as a team which gives it a whole new look on the story and its link to humanity.
I would definitely suggest this book, it is fun, fast paced and I feel is different to what is expected from it.