I am ashamed to admit that I have initially watched the movie version of The Maze Runner, and only decided to read the book after really enjoying the movie. I don’t remember the last time I have done this actually; saw the movie first and then read the book. But, surprisingly, I still managed to really enjoy the book. So much so that I read it a in whirlwind, and couldn’t put it down.
One of the reasons why I was able to enjoy the book despite having watched the film, is that there were a lot of differences in the plot. From the very first chapter, you get the sense that this journey will be slightly different to the movie. I will just give you one example as I don’t want to give too much away. In the film, the characters remember their name “a few days after arriving” but in the book they know their name right away. It may appear as a slight difference, but when you add up all the small difference you do get a different story. The ending is the same, but the journey was much different. That is most likely why I still managed to enjoy it.
I must admit that the characters were a little bit ruined for me. Many of the characters were actually quite different to how the movie perceived them. Particularly Thomas, Alby, Gally and even Newt. The main Creator’s lady was supposed to have dark hair but in the movie she is blonde. Even the Grievers were described a bit different in the book too. Such small differences I know don’t really impact the plot, but they still bug me a little bit. Since I saw the movie first unfortunately, it was really difficult for me to override the character description in the book, as I found myself depending on the movie characters when imagining the book’s plot.
Otherwise, I am really struggling to find any fault with this book. I think the plot is well written, the characters are relatable and the mission that they are on slightly terrifying yet very intriguing.
Verdict: Definite must read for any post-apocalyptic or even dystopian enthusiasts. If you like the Hunger Games, I definitely recommend this book. I would even venture and say that this book is better than the Hunger Games!