Secret Maze Runner ebooks

Maze Runner Files

Thomas First Memory of the FlareI just discovered (and then promptly read) that James Dashner wrote a short flashback that occurred between The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure; “Thomas’s First Memory Of The Flare” (Maze Runner 2.5). When I say short I mean it, it’s only three pages long. But it’s a really good three pages! You can read Thomas’s First Memory Of The Flare online.

If you’re looking for something a little longer (50+ pages), “Thomas’s First Memory Of The Flare” is actually an excerpt from the mini ebook “The Maze Runner Files.” This eshort is filled with memos and emails from WICKED and suppressed memories from some of our favorite Gladers (Thomas, Frypan and Minho). While not earth-shattering, “The Maze Runner Files” is a great compliment to The Maze Runner series. It sheds some light on the start of WICKED and offers insight on the start of the Flare. The only issue I have is that James Dashner failed to include my baby angel prince Newt :(

If you are a fan of The Maze Runner series then I would definitely recommend this! It takes almost no time to read but gives you something to cling to until The Fever Code comes out next year!

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Scorch Trials: Movie Review

Scorch Trials movie posterMovie: The Scorch Trials

Director: Wes Ball

Writers: T.S. Nowlin who only skimmed the book

Genre: Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

Length: 2 hours 11 minutes

Rating: ☆☆☆☆ – Very good

Read The Scorch Trials book review and The Maze Runner movie review!

Stars:
Dylan OBrien
Dylan Bæ’Brien
as Thomas

 

 

Ki Hong Lee

 

Ki Hong Lee
as Minho

 

thomas brodie-sangster
Thomas Brodie-Sangster
as Newt♥

 

 

kaya scodelario
Kaya Scodelario
as Teresea

 


Remind me what it’s about…

At the end of The Maze Runner, the Gladers get out of The Maze and think they finally escaped WCKD. But we know that The Maze was only Phase I and our poor Gladers are still in WCKD’s hands and about the enter Phase II. That’s about where the similarities between the book and movie end – before the movie starts. In the movie, the Gladers try to escape from WCKD into the  Scorch to reach a rebel group in the mountains, the Right Hand.

But really both The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials books and movies can be summed up in these two gifs:
The Maze Runner Thomas no
The Maze Runner

What did you think?
I really liked The  Scorch Trials (speaking strictly as a movie, I’ll talk more about how it’s vastly different from the book later) and not just because my boyfriend Dylan O’Brien makes looking dirty look so good. He also makes getting clean look so good. Also I will love any movie that features my angel baby prince Newt and my bad-ass best friend Minho.

But I promise I liked more than just the cast/characters. The movie was exciting, suspenseful and fun. Is it going to win any Oscars? No. Is it entertaining and a good way to spend two hours? Yes! There’s a good mix of exciting action sequences and less intense, plot-driven scenes. I hate when movies are just action action action and there’s no lull for me to catch my breath. While Scorch Trials is far from slow-paced, it’s not so fast-paced that it’s overwhelming.

Also cranks are scary. 😱

Was it a good adaption?
LOL no. Here’s what I imagine happened:

Wes Ball/T.S. Nowlin: *reads The Maze Runner*
Wes Ball: What a great book!
T.S. Nowlin: Let’s make a movie!
Wes Ball/T.S. Nowlin: *makes The Maze Runner movie*
Wes Ball: Boy did that go well! We should make the sequel!
T.S. Nowlin: Yes! Have you read the book?
Wes Ball: …
T.S. Nowlin: …
Wes Ball: No.
T.S. Nowlin: Me neither!
Wes Ball: Great, let’s do it!
Wes Ball/T.S. Nowlin: *jumping high five*

The movie is such a departure from the book that I didn’t know what was going to happen next for most of it and I read the book twice. I said in my Scorch Trials trailer breakdown that I thought the movie would be different, but I didn’t anticipate quite how different it would be. There were pretty much only two scenes in the movie that stayed fairly true the book. After watching the trailer (hundreds of times) I thought the movie would start very differently but meet back up with book my the middle/end. I couldn’t have been more wrong. It was so incredibly different that it astounds me. I don’t even know what’s going to happen in Death Cure. Everything is different.

One of the things that bothered me most about the changes was Brenda. While the book and movie were both really different, I still enjoyed both of them (maybe even the movie a little more?). But one thing I definitely liked more in the book was Brenda. Soon as I saw the way Brenda was cast and styled I could tell I would be disappointed. Rosa Salazar was bad-ass and tough, but not as flirty and sassy and book Brenda.

Should I watch it?
Yes! If you haven’t read the book (WHY HAVEN’T YOU?!) you will love it. If you have read the book, pretend you haven’t and that the movie is something brand new that you don’t know anything about.

Find Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials playing at a theater near you!

Here’s the trailer which still looks dope AF even after seeing the movie

Heist Society: Book Review


Heist Society by Ally CarterBook:
 Heist Society by Ally Carter

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Year: 2010

Genre: YA, Mystery, Crime

Pages: 304

Rating: ☆☆☆ ½ – Good

Who’s going to be in the movie?
There might not even be a movie, right now it’s under option at Elizabeth Banks’ production company. But hopefully it does get made into a movie and I’m thinking it should star YA Queen Chloë Grace Moretz and late 90s Leonardo DiCaprio.

What’s it about?
Kat has to bid adieu to her family’s life of crime. All Kat’s known her whole life is theft and cons until she became a normal student at a normal prep school. But that life doesn’t suit Kat as well as she hoped and is quickly thrown back into the life of crime when her father is accused (and threatened by a powerful mobster) of a heist he didn’t commit. Kat is now back at her literal partner-in-crime’s side, heartthrob Hale, to find the missing paintings and prove her father’s innocence.

What did you think?
Obviously I loved it. It’s a YA book with heists and mobsters so there’s almost no way I wouldn’t like it. I read this one twice because I went to start the third book in the series only to realize that I had forgotten almost everything that happened all the way back at the start of series. I will say that I enjoyed the book more my first time through, but that’s true of most books. As I read the story started coming back to me, but it still kept me rapidly turning page after page.

One thing that I really like about Heist Society is that heist squad is all teenagers. I especially loved that aspect when I first read because I was a teen and felt like I could join the team…now I’m old and it makes me sad (and my crush on Hale much creepier). But it’s still the only heist story I know where young people are the cons/thieves. The other heist stories are about adults – which are still great, I just really like the new teen perspective.

The only negative thing I have to say about Heist Society is that the characters aren’t super original or particularly deep. It’s a little cookie cutter; there’s the main girl who is smart, brave, stubborn and doesn’t realize how people see her/her beauty, the hot guy best friend who is super suave, the really beautiful girly girl who knows how beautiful she is, the nerd, the brawny brothers… All the characters were fun and I liked them, I just felt like I had seen them before.

Should I read it?
Yes! It’s a really quick and fun read. You can buy Heist Society at Thriftbooks and at Amazon.