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I watched the movie for the Maze Runner and really enjoyed it. I downloaded all of the audible books in the series barring the prequel. I've been listening to all three for days wanting to get to the end to get answers and find out how Dashner would pull it all together. Perhaps I'm too old for this particular series but I found it lacking. The story line - particularly for the death cure was quite cheesy and the writing wasn't very sophisticated. The underlying story wasn't terrible but there are much better books available. It felt like it was written to specifically become a Hollywood action movie. Instead of being a solid story it relied on gore and constant action/suspense that became tedious after a while. Some of the interactions between Thomas and his love interest were particularly cringeworthy and like others have said by the end you just don't feel very invested in anyone. The Maze Runner had some compelling aspects but the story become so outrageous and absurd by the last book that I was mostly just trying to finish it. It wasn't the worst book I've read/listened to but I wouldn't really recommend it to anyone. Hopefully Hollywood can make something out of the final books. We'll see.
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Would you try another book from James Dashner and/or Mark Deakins?
I might try another book. The first two books where good. The third book was not bad till about the last 12 chapters, at this point the book train wrecks and I have to wonder if he was coerced to changing the ending by the editor. The ending of the book, and in this case the series was completed incorrectly.
What was most disappointing about James Dashner’s story?
The final book ended in a let down. Some times the hero of the story is not the hero because he stands up against the man. Some times he is the hero because he sees what needs to be done and at cost of his life he saves the world...
Have you listened to any of Mark Deakins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I have not but I like his voice and I will keep my eyes open for more of his reading
Do you think The Death Cure needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
If it does get a follow up I will be very sketchy about listening to it. The way that the Death cute ends was not at all with the way his other books worked out
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