Total Hours to Read: 3 ½
--Average pages per minute: 1.55
Sex/Romance: There are some male/female interactions that would indicate attraction. Like. But love? Romance? Not really.
Language: Same fictional language and minimal use of cr*p. This book probably had about the same, possibly even less, language than the previous book.
Violence: Plenty of violence, a fair amount of gore as well. Not so much of a horror element as the previous two books.
Okay, similar to the first time I read this original trilogy, I ended the series feeling emotionally and mentally exhausted. All of the lies, deception, trying to figure things out...it really wore me down. That's what Dashner did really well with this series. He really puts you in Thomas' shoes of distrusting and questioning everything, trying to think steps ahead, trying to figure out what you don't have enough information to figure out. <<<<<<<<<<BEGIN SPOILERS>>>>>>>>>>By the end you, like Thomas, don't care to try and ferret anything out anymore. You just want to accept things at face value, even when you're pretty sure that face is lying. You just accept it, accept the lie, lie to yourself even, because you just want it to be done. You want to rest. You want to believe in a happy ending. You want to be done with it all and move on.
Returning to the maze gave me serious vibes. Like, these kinds of vibes.
Newt's death actually got to me. Of all the crazy sh*t that went down over the course of the three main books, this was the first time I felt like I really cared about what happened to a character.
They killed a girl to make Thomas sad. There was no reason for her to do what she did. As I said above, I never felt like there was any true romantic love between characters. Every male/female relationship felt extremely shallow (because the female characters in general have no depth). So it felt pointless and hateful to kill a girl just for the feels it would give the boy.
Quick summary: Still a fast-paced, intriguing plot. Still weak, flat female characters. A not-quite-as-satisfying-as-I-could've-wished ending, but good enough (and certainly stressful enough!).
In the end: 4 out of 5 stars. I do really look forward to the newest prequel now.