Book review | The Maze Runner

Third time’s the charm. I can’t believe it was only at my third attempt that I managed to read this book. Not that I had to re-start these many times because of the book itself; it was because every time I would start reading this book, the following day I would start working on university stuff and automatically all my free time for reading vanished. Obviously, I could have read a few chapters per night but honestly, after all that I had to read for my Masters in each day, I couldn’t really be bothered by reading more, even if only for fun. So thank god for the two weeks of holidays I had between the end of my course and the start of my internship, because finally I managed to read a bit. And I couldn’t have loved more this book.

I’m gonna try to be as spoiler-free as possible for those of you who haven’t read the book – or seen the film, even though I must say it really doesn’t matter for this case, but I’ll leave this tiny detail for one final short paragraph at the end of this review.

There are plenty of dystopian young adult novels around but they are all unique in their own ways. If there is something I don’t understand is the comparison of all of them to “The Hunger Games”. I do understand it was the first book of such genre to reach worldwide fame, especially after it was adapted to the big screen, but the genre is actually the only thing these books have in common. I believe that these comparisons are absolutely unjustifiable.

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The Maze Runner” tells the story of Thomas, a boy who “wakes up in a lift [and] the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift. Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.” (x)

Because I started reading this book in three different occasions, it allowed me to imagine how the plot would develop, and I must say I was really surprise with he way it happened. But don’t get me wrong. I say surprise in a really good way because I honestly loved this plot. I wasn’t expecting it to happen the way it did so this was definitely a plus, and besides I think it was well-developed throughout the whole book.

One of the things I most liked about this book was its characters, more precisely the way they interacted with each from the very beginning and the way their relationships evolved, for the better or worse. And I must say, I loved the relationship between Thomas and Teresa, but not in a romantic kind of way, but definitely in the way they communicated and understood/supported each other. Definitely something I really liked in this book.

Apart from this, this is a very easy-to-read book. It’s divided in several (really several) chapters which I thought was a bit weird at the beginning, but when you finish the book you do understand why there are so many of them. It actually helps the plot develop smoothly. It clearly separates each scenes. It was a well thought detail. I read this book in English, and even though it is not my native language, it was really easy to do so. It has a simple English, perfectly understandable even for those who aren’t native English speakers.

Finally, just a few brief thoughts on the film adaptation. Honestly, I didn’t really like it. In my opinion, it doesn’t represent the book at all. I know that these adaptations always have extra scenes and details that aren’t in the books because they represent the director’s view, but this film had absolutely nothing to do with the book. The events that happen in the film have almost no connection with those that happen in the book, the relationships between the characters are all messed up and there are huge plot holes in the film. I mean, if you’ve never read the book and you go watch the film, maybe then in this situation it is not as bad as it seems. In few words, it was really disappointing for me. I’m glad I have the books because the story there is a lot better. Now all I need is to read the next two books (and then the prequels).

Life goals #2

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For the last few months, probably even since the beginning of this year, I’ve been constantly daydreaming about having my own place, my own house – very much likely only rented because I doubt this generation will ever have the money to actually buy a house. I must admit I loved the independence I had while I was studying in the Netherlands. Not that it ever bothered me living with my parents. I honestly had more privacy living with them than when I was sharing a studio with another girl.

I don’t think this whole experience of sharing this studio counts as literally living with someone else, because thankfully we weren’t in the studio at the same time, all the time. Honestly, thank god for all the trips my most recent roommate did, especially the last one in June, which meant I had the entire flat just for myself during three weeks – it’s was blessing. So I could just move in with someone (in a more personal/intimate way, if you know what I mean) having already lived by myself. However, I really wanna live just by myself for a while.

I could say it is lonely but I honestly don’t really care. I’ve always loved having time alone, so I’m pretty sure this wouldn’t be a problem at all. And besides, I wouldn’t have to deal with someone else’s problems or messiness.

FashionSkribo apresenta… “Paper Towns”

E seguimos então para a quarta sugestão cinematográfica deste mês. Eu bem disse que Julho ia trazer um largo número de sugestões, já que normalmente não costumo publicar mais do que duas sugestões por mês. É verdade que ainda não vi nenhuma das adaptações para o cinema das obras de John Green, mas a verdade é que pelo trailer este parece-me ser um filme interessante.

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Quentin é um estudante universitário apaixonado pela sua enigmática vizinha Margo desde a infância. Depois de o levar consigo numa aventura de uma noite pela sua cidade natal, Margo desaparece subitamente – deixando para trás um mistério de enigmáticas pistas para Quentin decifrar. A busca leva Quentin e os seus perspicazes amigos numa emocionante viagem, que terá tanto de hilariante como de comovente. Por fim, para encontrar Margo, Quentin terá que descobrir em si uma compreensão mais profunda da verdadeira amizade – e do verdadeiro amor…” (x)

Realizado por Jack Schreier (“Robot & Frank“), “Paper Towns” conta com a participação de Nat Wolff (“The Naked Brothers Band“, “Stuck in Love“, “Palo Alto” e “The Fault in Our Stars“), Cara Delevingne (“Anna Karenina“, “The Face of an Angel“, “Tulip Fever” e “London Fields“), Justice Smith, Austin Abrams (“The Walking Dead“, “Gangster Squad” e “The Kings of Summer“), Halston Sage (“How to Rock“, “Crisis“, “The First Time” e “Neighbors“), Jaz Sinclair, Cara Buono (“Third Watch“, “Mad Men“, “Gladiator” e “A Good Marriage“), Griffin Freeman, Caitlin Carver (“Nashville“, “The Fosters“, “Ballon” e “Impact Earth“), Susan Macke, Tom Hillmann (“Out of Time“, “Recount” e “Dolphin Tale 2“), Meg Crosbie, Jim Coleman (“My Brother and Me“, “Sheena” e “The Walking Dead“), entre outros.

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Paper Towns” estreia hoje (24 Julho) nos Estados Unidos da América. No entanto, este filme estreou ontem (23 Julho) em Portugal.

As informações foram retiradas dos seguintes sites: movieweb.com, en.wikipedia.org e cinema.sapo.pt.

Quem é que tem curiosidade em ver este filme?

What sharing a studio flat has taught me #2

Cleaning the flat is a good way to procrastinate.

You don’t feel like working or studying for your modules/subjects, so you basically replace it for a few chores. It’s actually a sort of win-win. You’re not working, that I do know, but you’re cleaning the house. This way you’re doing something productive, so you don’t feel too guilty because you’re not working for school/university.

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I’ve done this quite a few times this year. Considering that I’m living by myself (well sharing a studio flat with a freaking animal that’s what it is) now I have to be the one responsible for these kind of chores, so what better time to do them other than when I don’t wanna do university work? But honestly sometimes I do wonder why I even bother because five minutes later everything goes back to being dirty thanks to my roommate. That’s why I’ve decided that I’ll clean only whatever I use or leave dirty and only vacuum clean my side of the room (I’m not her maid really).

The funny part is that a while ago she commented that she couldn’t live in a dusty environment and all of that, but then her side of the room is the biggest dirty mess I’ve ever seen in my life (and I’ve shared a house with guys and girls for three months – not in a row though), and she actually managed not to vacuum clean her side of the room for more than a month. Just… disgusting!!!

FashionSkribo apresenta… “Ant-Man”

E eis que chega a terceira sugestão cinematográfica deste mês. Para quem tem acompanhado os meus posts de reviews de filme, terá-se provavelmente apercebido que nos últimos meses me tenho tornado numa grande fã da Marvel. E como tal este filme teria de estar na minha lista. No entanto, tenho de admitir que se nunca tivesse visto nenhum dos filmes deste franchise, este não seria propriamente a minha primeira escolha. Só me resta esperar que o filme me surpreenda pela positiva.

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O cientista Hank Pym convence um ladrão chamado Scott Lang a trabalhar para ele, com o propósito de experimentar e defender a sua tecnologia de manipulação do tamanho dos seres vivos, criando assim o Homem-Formiga, uma criatura com uma super-capacidade de encolher fisicamente e ao mesmo tempo ficar muito mais forte, para combater os malfeitores do mundo.” (x)

Realizado por Peyton Reed (“Bring It On“, “The Break-Up” e “Yes Man“), “Ant-Man” conta com a participação de Paul Rudd (“Romeo + Juliet“, “Night at the Museum” e “This Is the End“), Evangeline Lilly (“The Hobbit” trilogy, “The Hurt Locker” e “Real Steel“), Corey Stoll (“North Country“, “Salt“, “Midnight in Paris” e “Non-Stop“), Bobby Cannavale (“The Station Agent“, “Happy Endings” e “Blue Jasmine“), Michael Peña (“Crash“, “Shooter“, “Gangster Squad” e “American Hustle“), Tip “T.I.” Harris (“American Gangster“, “Takers” e “Identity Thief“), Wood Harris (“The Wire“, “Just Another Day” e “The Watsons Go to Birmingham“), Judy Greer (“The Wedding Planner“, “13 Going on 30“, “Cursed” e “Jurassic World“), David Dastmalchian (“The Dark Knight“, “Prisoners” e “Chronic“), Michael Douglas (“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest“, “Wall Street” e “Behind the Candelabra“), entre outros.

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Ant-Man” estreia hoje (17 Julho) nos Estados Unidos da América. No entanto, este filme já estreou ontem (16 Julho) em Portugal.

As informações foram retiradas dos seguintes sites: movieweb.com, en.wikipedia.org e cinema.sapo.pt.

Quem é que tem curiosidade em ver este filme?