Total Hours to Read: Just under 4
--Average pages per minute: 1.42
Sex/Romance: No sex, some "romance" that felt really creepy.
Language: I didn't catch any, but knowing the series so far I would say there probably was some. (Expect minimal use of mild language, just in case.)
Violence: There is a good amount of violence and gore in this one. Just imagine panicky people as the world starts to end and the chaos that ensues.
Thoughts: The story was interesting as it gives context to the world of The Maze Runner trilogy, but wasn't as fascinating or captivating.
Here are my main issues with this book:
Our protagonist has an obsession with his female friend and the things he thinks about her and even just the way he thinks about her borders on the very creepy. I was extremely uncomfortable with his attitude toward her right from the start when he was daydreaming about kidnapping her to have her all to himself because he was too afraid to actually tell her he liked her.
The female characters were just there to be caretakers, get rescued, and be tortured and/or die for emotional impact on the protagonists (which they failed at btw). We got "skilled" women, but never saw any skill. We got "strong" girls, but never really saw any strength, just emotional coldness. And, on top of that our male protagonist was just so in awe of the girl he liked and how she seemed stronger than him all because she didn't break down at every little thing but also wasn't afraid to cry or show her emotions.
I did like the author's approach of alternating current-day story chapters with chapters of dreams that are basically flashbacks, however, the explanations used to segway into the dream chapters every. single. time. did start to get old.
Here's what I did like:
I like the history it gives and the scooch more context for WICKED and the world of The Maze Runner.
In the end: 3 out of 5 stars. While not as enthralling as the original trilogy, a good story, but unfortunately still lousy on the females.