I have never read a great deal of science fictions yet despite that my major in psychology inculcated me in scientific schools of thoughts; I am more into books that have to do with philosophy, autobiography, politics, children’s life, agriculture, and history. The very first sci-fi that I read and eventually caused me to love this genre is The Martian by Andy Weir. After that, I failed to try another one, for there are too many books lying around to read.
I got the good chance to read one when my student decided to read it in my reading class. I was exhilarated upon his book choice because this was one of the books I had wanted so much that I could not afford. He was the one who provided my own copy.Voila!
I first enjoyed it a whole a lot because the story is new to me. The settings are awfully fascinating: The people are trapped in the middle part of a mysterious and huge maze, and the challenge for them is how to get out of it by finding the exit. It is not about how to outwit or outplay one another. Kinda survival of the fittest. It is about testing who is cut out to be the maze runners to solve the puzzle . In addition, the gargantuan walls of the maze are so monumentally impressive and indescribable. Imagining them while reading sent a chill through my spine. I would even feel like jumping to my feet whenever I imaginarily heard the echolalia of the Grievers , the bionic monster created to sting whoever dares to find the exit, and the heavenly roar of the gates when they close after twilight. As a matter of fact, what I liked most of the setting is that the characters have been living in the dead center of the maze, a wide community which is called Glade, where everyone has access to everything they need. Eventually, I came to understand that the concept of this story is about experimentation on how humans can be used in saving humanity. For instance, the Flare ,with its deadly consequences like the contagious disease , which is the cause of human and earthly destruction.
However, little did I realize that there seems to be something wrong with it; it is misleading and mesmerizing. I forgot that what I look for in a book is consistency. Is the concept realistic or conceivable? Is there something readers might miss while being rendered amazed at it? The answer could be yes because the story shows that the earth is in a dystopian and ultramodern era or no because it is unimaginable for a science ignoramus like me to believe that the Sun could be the reason for a widespread viral disease. Perhaps, James Dashner did not justify the ideal scene of what he really wanted to paint a picture of. Take the movie Elysium for instance ,written and directed by Neil Blomkamp and starred in by Matt Damon. It perfectly depicts a dystopian world. Rather, Dashner focused on the maze itself. Besides, it occurred to me that he may have thought the trick would do that the reader would not realize that the Gladers could make a bigger difference than finding the exit in the maze by using their mind power inventing something to fly out of the place just the like of a parachute. What do you think? So what happens is that the reader only focuses on the book title: The Maze Runner. The characters are all absorbed in the idea of getting out of the maze. I know that you may contradict my hypothesis because I was even surprised to find out that the maze must be massive. It is even ridiculous of me to suggest that the Gladers could have tried the famous suicidal game Angry Bird where the Angry Birds use a huge, wooden slingshot to pull themselves away.(laughs)
Despite my literary musings, I can’t deny that the book has still considerable impact on me. First, it is page turning. I only concentrated on the mission of the runners. Second, it is head- bashing. I had to think of answering the why’s in my mind. What is the purpose of putting the people in the maze? Why most of the characters are male? How did they survive the maze without sexual needs for two years? I wonder if there is such an intimate relationship developed among them ? Pardon my prurient question! ( laughs) Finally, the ending is heart-breaking. I did not expect that there was such a thing, tragic ending where readers have been attached to the brethren relationship between the two characters all along given the fact that obviously, it is a trick writers usually use as a literary device – an old music that still turned out to be marketable.
Like the other writers, it also took Dashner years to finish it ,and was even turned down by some publishers.I wonder what made them not to do so. Nevertheless, due to its sensational popularity and box-office movie adaptation, Dashner should be grateful for gaining a toehold in writing its another sequels: The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, The Kill Order, and its coming-soon The Fever Code. In fact, The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure have also been adapted for movies. Huwaw! Congratulations, Mr. Dashner!
Rating: 3/ 5 stars ( I liked it.)