Book Review: The Maze Cutter by James Dashner

Title: The Maze Cutter

By: James Dashner

Genre: Dystopian

Pages: 328

Release Date: October 1st, 2022

Publisher: Akashic Media Enterprises

Rating: ★★★☆☆


Summary from Goodreads:

Seventy-three years after the events of The Death Cure, when Thomas and other immunes were sent to an island to survive the Flare-triggered apocalypse, their descendants have thrived. Sadina, Isaac, and Jackie all learned about the unkind history of the Gladers from The Book of Newt and tall tales from Old Man Frypan, but when a rusty old boat shows up one day with a woman bearing dark news of the mainland--everything changes. The group and their islander friends are forced to embark back to civilization where they find Cranks have evolved into a more violent, intelligent version of themselves. The islanders are hunted by the Godhead, the Remnant Nation, and scientists with secret agendas. When they cross paths with an orphan named Minho from the Remnant Nation, the dangers become real and they don't know who they can trust. The islanders will have to survive long enough to figure out why they are being targeted, who is friend or foe, and what the Godhead has planned for the future of humanity.


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When I heard this book was being published, I was genuinely excited as I am a huge fan of the Maze Runner, but sadly, this book was just so so for me.

This story follows the descendants of the original book 73 years after its events. We have a whole new generation with oddly enough, very similar problems. In this dystopian world, people have separated themselves into factions, and of course they all want what's best for themselves, no matter who they have to hurt to get what they want.

I had a hard time enjoying the characters as the story jumped around a lot and they didn't seem to have much depth to them.

Although the ending was a nice surprise, the rest of the book felt slow and lack luster. I'm still on the fence about reading the next book in the series. We shall see.

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