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Maze Runner: Do the Ends Justify the Means?

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After a few exciting years, the much hyped series has come to an end with the release of the final film.

Now I have to admit, this film was my favourite out of the three simply because it was the most memorable.

If you’re an adrenaline junkie who likes their fair share of action this film is it.

What I liked about the film is that it doesn’t focus so much on dialogue as on conveying the message through actions. The dialogue at times felt a bit amateurish. However, the graphics and cinematography were well executed.

I must warn you though that you will remain on the edge of your seat throughout the whole 142 minutes as the story is packed with one suspense element after another. By the end you end up getting attached to all the characters and care way too much about their fates to escape for a toilet break.

I can’t say the film was exactly predictable and I enjoyed the distress some of the shocking moments caused.

All in all, the film ended on a good note which provided closure and left no room for another instalment.

Without disclosing spoilers I can’t write much further so adios for now!

Discussion

Books I’ve Given Up On

I’m the kind of person that likes to see things through the end, well, at least when it comes to books, but there are certain books on my bookshelf that defy these rules.

The Death Cure by James Dashner

One of the first books I remember giving up on.

Reason: I had a problem with the way the series was written from the beginning, so by the time I got to the last book and realised I wasn’t going to get any satisfactory answers, I decided it really wasn’t worth reading on.

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

This one I haven’t so much given up on, rather I’ve set it aside. Some of the concepts are difficult to grasp but when I do have time to sit down and properly read, the books is quite fascinating

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Reason: It’s a very difficult text to interpret and I simply do not have the time it’s demanding from me to sit down and properly read it so.

Complete Collection of Sherlock Holmes

As you can imagine, being the complete collection, there is quite a lot to read. I have read a few stories but it’s just been sitting there on my shelf collecting dust really.

Those are all the books I have given up on, I feel like it’s not a lot and I should keep it that way I guess.

Do you give up on books or do you see things through to the end?

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5 Books I Regret Buying

Ello Everybody!

School has been so hectic these past few weeks I’ve barely had time to read so filing out reviews seems a little eh at the moment. Bare with me.

But I decided hey I’ll make a list of the books I regret spending money on cuz who doesn’t like lists?

This list is based on my reading experience and the fact that I could have bought a better book with the same amount of money. Also there’s more than 5 books here since some of them are entire series (uh-oh)

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

For a more detailed justification you can read my reviews of The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials. But yeah, this series in my opinion had major issues with character depth and it just wasn’t executed well despite having a great plot line!

Omygod I just realized my friend gave me the first book as a present (sorry!) but I did buy the other two so I regret buying the other two yep. I didn’t even end up finishing the third book and I NEVER not finish a book.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

I read this quite a while ago but I remember being annoyed by how sappy the protagonist was in the first book. I did enjoy a second book a lot actually but the third book was quite a let down.

Leviathan series by Scott Westerfield

I have heard a lot of praise for Scott Westerfield but I believe this series is kind of responsible for me not having read Uglies and Afterworlds yet. I expected this to be so good I bought it in Hard Cover. I am normally a saver and buy cheap paperbacks but I bought it in hardcover and it wasn’t that good! Part of the reason was because it was so middle-school (no hate but middle-school)

The Summer I turned Pretty by Jenny Han

I had such a bad reading experience with this one and it was partly my fault. After reading the first book I read the third book instead of the second and it just messed everything up. Even then I hated how the protagonist just couldn’t make her mind up and was essentially a player. I hate those kinds of books.

So now I’m hesitant to read To All the Boys I’ve Loved before. Is it worth the buy?

The infinite moment of us by Lauren Myracle

This was my post TFIOS phase where everything with the word infinite and stars had me charmed. I thought this would be one of those philosophical love story’s that would make you look into the deeper end of things. Nope it’s just sex and more sex…yeah. I kinda didn’t bother to check Goodreads before reading this so turns out it’s New Adult and I was 14/15. when i read it so….

So on that note let’s wrap up this post! I hope you liked seeing books I regret buying.

Do you have any books that you seriously regret buying?

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Book reviews

Review: The Scorch Trials

Author: James Dashner7631105

Genre: Young adult-Dystopian

Pages: 360

Summary:

Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.

There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.

The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.

There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive

 

Super short review because it might be repetitive after just reviewing the Maze Runner.

It took me a while to properly get into this book as it was extremely slow paced at the start. You know when authors spend 5 pages describing a bedroom, it was kind of like that.

But once the adventure began I did not want to put this book down. It was such a step up from the first book. There was lots of adventure and it was fast paced and thrilling.

Again, the story line of this series is so intriguing and I’m always hungry for new information. But then this new information always ends up making me even more curious and confused but thats okay! its still so cool.

I had the same problem with the characters as in the previous book (read my review here, trust me you want to) . There was just no depth, I think part of the problem is that there isn’t much background to the characters because of them losing their memories and therefore, I just don’t know much about them I guess. There were a few new characters introduced toward whom I have mixed feelings because they did weird things that confused me,

The end bit was stuffed up, I just did not know what to think. Like who am i supposed to believe now? what is happening?

Rating

3