It’s time for another book vs. movie post. I recently started reading James Dashner’s Maze Runner series. Naturally, I had to see the films as well. So let’s get started with part one!
Thomas awakes inside a dark elevator with no memory. He is pulled out of it by a group of teenagers who live in a place called the glade. They are stuck there as the only way out seems to be through the maze surrounding the place. But even after two years, nobody found an escape route. Can Thomas get them out? And who put them there? Why?
I’ll start with the novel.
James Dashner’s creation took me some time to get used to. He uses as distinct language with a few new words. Furthermore, we don’t get any info. As nobody knows why the teens are stuck in the glade, the reader doesn’t really find out either. At first I was a bit annoyed as there were almost no revelations and I was desperate to find out more. But the more I got pulled into the story, the less I cared.
Dashner wrote a fascinating book, that keeps you on edge. He came up with some pretty unique ideas with relatable characters. A few little aspects might not make 100 % sense but you can easily overlook those little flaws. In total it’s a gripping novel. I can’t wait to get started with the second installment!
While the novel really got me, the movie was a bit more of a letdown. Continue reading