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Series Catch-Up Mini Challenge: Series Finale – The Maze Runner


Time for Series Catch-Up Mini Challenge #2: Series Finale. Which series did you wrap up completely during this challenge? How did you feel about the series as a whole? Have you read any other books from this author outside of the series?

Let’s talk about THE MAZE RUNNER series. 

So The Maze Runner. This has been one roller coaster of a ride for me since I first read TMR back in March of 2012. I actually really enjoyed it. I was super curious so then I picked up The Scorch Trials which I loved! Then the roller coaster started to go downhill. And fast. Let’s take a look…

Each cover photo will lead you to my review for the book! Please be aware that if you haven’t read the whole series there may be some mild spoilers once you start reading about later books in the series.

The Maze Runner (March 2012): I first picked up The Maze Runner back in March. I was looking for another dystopian because 2012 was a seriously dystopian kick for me! I’d heard a lot of good things about this series and I needed to know for myself. I think the beginning started out a little slowly, but once the action started to pick up, I couldn’t tear myself away! I think the one thing I really had a problem with was the Grievers because honestly… Even in a future world, what kind of creature is that? That was the one thing that I couldn’t quite get on board with, but I was hoping for some interesting answers in future books. I was invested in Thomas’s story and I needed to know how book two would play out!

The Scorch Trials (June 2012): I dove into The Scorch Trials and rushed through it. I really loved the second book in this series. I was captivated, interested, and even more sucked in by the questions that TST brought up. I liked it so much more than TMR – And I had really, really liked the first book! That made me even MORE excited for the last book in the series…. And that was where I went very, very wrong.

The Death Cure (September 2012): The Death Cure was just kind of one big disappointment. There were SO many questions and mysteries that popped up and *SPOILER ALERT* people have the chance to get their memories back!! So WHY was I left hanging? I had so many complaints and still so many questions after the book was over. And that was it! I was just really disappointed that this was how the whole series wrapped up and I just felt like I needed a few more answers. My opinion went from “Yes, read this series!” to “I don’t think I can recommend this anymore.”

The Kill Order (December 2012): After my disappointment with TDC, I never should have picked up TKO. I was not impressed with it at all. I didn’t feel like it was really a part of the series, and I felt like it was seriously lacking a good plot. I didn’t like the characters and I was tired of hearing about the Flare. I came to a point about halfway through where I put it down and never picked it back up again. I was forcing myself to push through it and I just didn’t want to do that, so I marked it as DNF and wallowed in how much I was let down by the last few installments to The Maze Runner series.

Favorite book of the series: The Scorch Trials

Least favorite book of the series: The Kill Order

Movies?: Is there a movie in the mix?? Despite my disappointment in the end, I’d definitely be interested in seeing this series as a movie!

Would I re-read?: Nope.

: I love the covers!! Each one is so detailed and colorful.

Link up your mini-challenge post below! What series did you finish up?

The Kill Order (The Maze Runner #0.5) – James Dashner

The Kill Order (The Maze Runner #0.5) – James DashnerTitle: The Kill Order (The Maze Runner #0.5) by James Dashner
Publishing Info: August 14, 2012 by Random House Publishing Group
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: December 23, 2012 (DNF)
Related Posts: The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner #2), The Death Cure (The Maze Runner #3)

Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the earth and mankind fell to disease.
    Mark and Trina were there when it happened, and they survived. But surviving the sun flares was easy compared to what came next. Now a disease of rage and lunacy races across the eastern United States, and there’s something suspicious about its origin. Worse yet, it’s mutating, and all evidence suggests that it will bring humanity to its knees.
    Mark and Trina are convinced there’s a way to save those left living from descending into madness. And they’re determined to find it—if they can stay alive. Because in this new, devastated world, every life has a price. And to some, you’re worth more dead than alive.


Oh brother. I should have just quit while I was ahead. I was pretty disappointed with the last book in the trilogy and I had heard that a lot of people hadn’t really liked THE KILL ORDER… so why did I feel the need to try it?

There was nothing “wrong” with it per se, but I didn’t really think it had any connection to The Maze Runner series. Here we just see how the Flare came to be and what happened immediately after but I wanted the prequel to give some more answers, and that was my first mistake. I was left wanted more answers after the third book and I think deep down I was hoping this prequel was going to give me that and I really should have known better!

THE KILL ORDER follows a completely separate set of characters, none of which actually appear in The Maze Runner trilogy directly in any way (although I did read that apparently people who bought the B&N copies got more info about DeeDee….. but why not share that with everyone? I think that would redeem the book a little bit, don’t you think??). I was just really frustrated that I had to follow these characters. I don’t know them. They’re not the ones I invested my time in and none of them make an appearance in the trilogy to tie it all back together.

Then there was the fact that I was just tired of hearing about the Flare. Ok, so TKO follows the events directly after the sun flares happen. But why did this story need to be told if it didn’t directly link into TMR? I’m tired of the crazy almost zombie-like people. It was kind of annoying and mindless. I guess that was a plot point that just wasn’t meant for me (although somehow I didn’t mind it one bit in THE SCORCH TRIALS)…

character_breakdown1Mark // Thomas 2.0 anyone? I felt like he was so many different pieces of Thomas, put into another character, except this character was more clingy, whinier, and more argumentative. I couldn’t stand him.
Trina // I don’t like the name Trina. So there was that. Sorry, but I have this weird thing where if I don’t like the character’s name, it’s hard for me to get on board with them… I was annoyed by her too and she didn’t seem to serve a purpose except to be an annoying love interest for Mark. And she reminded me too much of Brenda. Who I hated.
The characters in general // I was kind of annoyed by everyone. I felt like too many of the characters were carbon copies of the the actual characters in TMR series, and then aside from that, they didn’t have any depth. I felt like Dashner chose one thing about the character and then latched onto it and made it the most defining thing about them… but they didn’t have anything else going for them. They didn’t grow, they didn’t change, they didn’t do anything except be who they were and I felt like they were all really predictable.



I just didn’t feel like this one was worth finishing. I was actively turned off by it, unfortunately, and the fact that I didn’t really seem to coincide with the actual story line of the rest of the series made it feel kind of pointless…