Top critical review
Disappointing Book From A Stellar Author
Reviewed in the United States on January 2, 2014
DON'T WORRY! NO SPOILERS!
This book was good, but could have been much better.
I went into this book expecting something at least somewhat similar to the Maze Runner, but didn't quite get what I was expecting.
While this book IS good compared to others out there on the market, it didn't quite live up to the Maze Runner, or even the 13th Reality books.
The following is an outline of the overall pros and cons of this book:
~ VERY unique idea. I've never seen anything like it before.
~ Had the same kind of teen-appropriate "gritty" feel that the Maze Runner contained.
~ Had SOME action, but not nearly as much as the Maze Runner.
~ Really opens your eyes to the "dangers" of the digital age we're now entering.
~ Contained themes that will make me look at the world differently in the future.
~ Had a MIND-BLOWINGLY crazy conclusion, that will leave readers DYING for the second book.
~ Flimsy characters. By the end of the book I could only really tell you two things about the character's personal life: his name and his age.
~ Didn't contain quite as much action as the Maze Runner or 13th Reality books.
~ Plot driven. This CAN be an advantage to some people, but I personally prefer character driven books
~ Didn't really contain a climax. The "climax" wasn't really that exciting.
~ From the middle of the book, to about 10 pages before the book ends, it is mostly boring.
~ Had a bunch of jumbled scenes that didn't really flow together.
While some people may appreciate this book, I think the majority of Maze Runner fans will be quite disappointed. The only thing that redeemed it and made me give it 3 stars instead of 2 is a piece of shocking information that is discovered in the last 5 pages of the book. (Don't worry, I won't tell you what it is.)
Because of this ONE BIT OF INFORMATION, this author completely redeemed this book, and gives the rest of the series promise.
While I didn't care much for this installment, I will definitely read the 2nd book in the series.
To sum things up, this book was a disappointment, but it wasn't ALL bad. And if you're a Maze Runner fan, you'll likely feel the same.
I DO recommend that you read this book, because the rest of the series shows promise, just don't expect to be blown away by this one.
-Mark LeGrand Messick, bestselling author