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Ten things I’d want during the Apocalypse

This has been inspired by James Dashner from The Kill Order where he does his own list.

So first, lets determine what type of Apocalypse it is.

Since this is me being me, and I am a tree hugger- exactly how I started my English oral in year 8 (I am a tree hugger and I am proud to be one), so anyway, this Apocalypse is going to be about the sea levels rising and drowning and killing everyone because the ice from the ice caps have melted.

Side note: How is “hugger” not a word?! It’s underlined in red and is really annoying me… 😦

So without further ado, my top ten! (probably, maybe, maybe not in order. You can decide.)

  1. My friends and family- but not the annoying ones 😛
  2. Two lifetime worth of books- one for reading, and the other for burning to keep warm, even though it is a sin to burn books 😦 That’s why I have two copies of everything!
  3. A huge mansion in Scotland, because when all the ice caps melt, it won’t affect parts of Scotland, and because once the temperatures rise, Scotland would be perfect.
  4. A magic bag full of food of any sort. Failing that, a magic bag full of cookies.
  5. A ship. Like Noah’s ark but without the animals and the effort which went into building it.
  6. A invisibility cloak to shut me out from the evil government (sorry, idea stolen from James Dashner!)
  7. A teleporting machine, for obvious reasons
  8. A zapping machine, like in the Kill Order which disintegrates a person when shot at. But not just for people, because the shark population will rise I guess 😛
  9. SEEDS!!! For Trees!!! So I can carry on with my hugging obsession with trees!
  10. A freezing machine so I can slowly freeze the water back to snow again!

Although this is a fun top ten “review” there is a edge of seriousness behind it, as I decided on a Apocalypse that is probably going to happen 😦

The Kill Order – James Dashner

The Kill Order (Maze Runner, #0.5)To be honest I was a little disappointed by the ending of the Death Cure partly due to the fact that Thomas’ best friend/ worst enemy, died and the evil annoying Brenda survived. So naturally, I was hoping that this book would explain the relationship between the two. It didn’t happen. But nonetheless it was a good book!

Summary
Spoilers to follow- but obvious spoilers.

Unlike what I thought it didn’t follow the story of Thomas and Teresa in their early years (ish.- it involves one of them for half the book). It  is set 13 years before the day that Thomas goes into the Glade and follows the story of Mark and Trina.

Wow. A lot of the main characters have T names!

So back to the story.

Trina and Mark are experiencing the world during/ after the sun flares. At first they are surviving just great! Then comes the evil people who shoot darts at people turning them dead or into what we call cranks now. So then Mark and Trina’s little gang run and get into all sorts of mess, and along the way pick up a kid who is immune (not telling who! :P) and then as you can expect they all die since we haven’t heard about them at all from the other books…

Cons
The Deaths
They were a little hurried. If I had just read them I may not have understood, but because my brother had read it before me, I knew what happened so yeah. I just thought it was a little hurried.

Pros
The last page
It included an awesome part at the back by James Dashner saying what his “Top ten things he’d want during the apocalypse”. It has The Kill Order. James Dashnerinspired me to make my own- to come probably!

Background of the background
In the book there is the background story of Mark and Trina and how they survived the apocalypse while it happened, and in the present they were coping with death and destruction. I’ve always wanted to use that in a sentence. Death and Destruction.

Action packed
As my brother put it. It was full of action as the title suggests and fast paced.

Madness
Losing your mind is scary, terrifying maybe and definitely hard to write, since people who go crazy, tend not to get better. But James Dashner did it perfectly. Each time something snapped within Mark’s head it was described so well and awesome and amazing and sad and depressing.

Character relationships
Dee Dee and Trina especially. It was adorable. Another character relationship which was adorable; Trina and Mark. They were so cute together! But I did want to know properly how they got together, because to me (I may have misread part or skipped out some by accident) at one point it was like they were just friends and then they were making out. But they were so cute!! And it tore me apart half way when Trina didn’t remember him ;(

Favorite Quotes

  • “Let’s get this started, people. It won’t be long before we all lose our minds”
  • “What would I do without you? I’d die of stress and depression before nature killed me”
  • “Mark thought that was all barking up the wrong tree. “Or they ran away from the fire. Not every person on earth is as wacky-brained as you, good sir. Most people see a huge roaring inferno coming at them? They decide to cut and run. Just saying”
  • “Though he’d never know for sure what had happened to them, his mind was super talented at imagining the absolute worst.”

Overall
Although this book wasn’t what I was really hoping for in terms of the plot, it still was amazing but depressing at the same time. 5 shuriken stars just like the other books in the series.

The Death Cure- James Dashner

The Death Cure (Maze Runner, #3)Such an annoying end to such a great series….

That was my first thought after reading to the end of that book… It was just so… what’s the word?
Annoying?
Underwhelming? bleh… It takes too much effort to think up the word… Anyway, just to let those of you who haven’t read the book know; this is the last book in the Maze Runner trilogy, (the other books being the Maze Runner and the Scorch Trials), by James Dashner. OK. Back to me ranting! But don’t get me wrong. I still love the book and the series!, I just thought that it could have ended with a more satisfying end…

Summary (note. only read this if you have read the other two books in the series, or if you don’t care about getting the other books spoilt)
Everything comes down to WICKED. They have finished making the “blueprint” for the “cure”, and all the Gladers are going to get their memories back. BUT, Thomas and his little posse (Newt and Minho), don’t trust WICKED, and don’t want them fiddling with theirs brains (fair enough right?), so they kinda, break out, and run away. The rest of the book is basically about them trying to end WICKED and their schemes, and how they find out the truth and the answer to the question that has been bothering me and you (well, maybe it’s just me?) since Teresa came up in the Maze Runner: “Is WICKED good?”
Cons
THE ENDING (may contain hints of spoilers!)
Since I ranted a lot at the beginning, I’ll do a shorter synopsis (can I call it a synopsis?) of the ending. It was just so ANNOYING… because it kinda meant that all that happened in the previous two books were for NOTHING. And BRENDA??? I mean WTH??? That was just so annoying… and with Teresa as well… My feelings towards loads of the characters changed; e.g. Some which I liked in the other books, at the end I hated… and others, I eventually kinda liked…
I think the last death at the end should have it own little paragraph: I just wish the author wrote more about it, such as the feelings of the other character, rather than: “Oh, you’re dying. You just saved my life and now I’m going to run off into a heavenly world, with the person who you hate, and make out with him/her in a few minutes” I really hated that character at the end….
It just seemed to gloss over… and I can’t help but compare it to Prim’s death the Mockingjay (sorry if that is a spoiler to those of you who haven’t read the hunger games…); because with Prim’s death it was so sudden, and Katniss only had a one dimensional feeling of anger over Prim’s death; kinda like the death and feelings in this book…

Unanswered questions
I’m sure I wasn’t the only one… The main thing that really bothered me was, how Thomas didn’t get his memories back. It just seemed that Dashner didn’t exactly know what his memories were, so he just used a different method, to avoid writing about them altogether… I just hope we find them out in the Kill Order…

The Suddenness
Usually this is a good thing, but seriously, in this book, it just bothered me… There were just too many sudden plot twists, so after some time it just didn’t make my heart race as it did before. It still made me shocked, but just not to the same extent… Some parts of the book, I just wish he had spent a little more time building up to it, rather than just launching into it straight after a plot twist…

Pros
Usually I would do loads of paragraphs on the pros of this book, but it is pretty much the same as his other books (I’ll just make a list below), so I don’t think I’m going to explain them as I did for his other books, because this review is getting a little lengthy, and I think I’m rambling too much. I think I am rambling now… Damn it… So. Without any more rambling:
Writing style
Cover of the books
The awesomeness of Minho

The Heart-wrenchingness
The action 

Favourite Quotes (note. some quotes may contain hints to the book!)

  • “I ought to break your shuck nose”
  • “Kill me. If you’ve ever been my friend, kill me”
  • “Awww,” Minho said. “That’s almost as sweet as that time she slammed the end of a spear into your shuck face”
  • “Sometimes they do things to make me do the opposite of what they think, I think, they think, I am going to do.”
  • “Minho looked at Thomas, a serious expression on his face. “If I don’t see you on the other side,” he said in a sappy voice, “remember that I love you”

Overall
Because of my loyalty to this series, I’m going to give it 5 shuriken stars…. but I would have to say, that it is only five because I loved the other two books so much!, But if this was the first book in a series…, I would say it would probably only be around 3 and a half or 4 shuriken stars… BUT STILL! If you have read the other two books, I would still recommend you to read this book, as you never know, from other reviews that I have read, it seems that some people at least have liked it…

The Scorch Trials- James Dashner

The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2)THIS BOOK IS PURE AWESOMENESS!
I cannot express using words how amazing it it!!!
jlhfawhdefukahw kjvfh <– that is how I would say how amazing it is in jibberish… although that isn’t a language… 😀
For those of you who have read the Maze Runner and are looking around at review for the second in the series, here is a small bit of information, that when I was waiting for the book was killing me! You hear more about the other group!!! (but I’m going have to just leave it at that!)
Anyway… This book is the second book in the maze runner trilogy by James Dashner and if you haven’t read the first book then read it!!! because this review will probably contain spoilers for the Maze Runner! The first book of course, is called the Maze Runner, and the last book is called the Death Cure (I wonder why?(!))! 😀 There is also a prequel coming out soon! (if you count about three months as soon… 😦 )

Summary
So… Thomas and “the gang” (lol… it’s my chav talk!) have to travel through the scorch, (hint the title), because WICKED IS EVIL… and they are making them do loads of trials… So… they have to travel through the Scorch, which is a wasteland, to get to the “Safe Haven” where they will find the cure to the flare… BUT if they don’t get there in time… THEY WILL TURN INTO CRANKS AND DIE!!!! BUT WICKED has set up some factors for them, that will make it harder for them…, both emotionally and physically…

Cons
It kinda rambles a bit…
At some times in the book, I felt that the author just wrote and didn’t really have an idea of what was going to happen… (but don’t get me wrong, sometimes the best books are written that way!), but it is still an AMAZING BOOK!!!

No other cons!

Pros
The fast pace
It was just so thrilling and amazing, and it literally made my heart race… <– I’m not even exaggerating… My heart was literally thumping like mad!!!

Un-put-down-able
As you can tell from the title, I couldn’t put this book down for a second! And as soon as I finishing that book I ran up and down the house… in frustration that the next book hadn’t come out yet!!! But everything’s OK, now, as I have read that book… Also, another point! You can read this book over and over again without getting bored! As I read this book just before the Death Cure came out!, and it was still un-put-down-able!

The Enemy
It’s quite hard to explain…………
There are a lot of “enemies” who try to obstruct the characters from their goal. The reasons why they are in the Pros section is that they were just developed so well, and it was so complex, but it didn’t feel like it… So, the enemies… My definition for an enemy for this book is someone who tries to stop someone from getting to their goal, or from getting what they want. As there are so many character, and they all have different desires, so based on my definition, they all have different enemies! Like the Cranks could be considered the enemy, or WICKED, or the other group, or “the witch”, etc.

Favourite Quotes

  • “Anybody else wanna pee their pants and cry for mommy?” (sarcasm, btw)
  • “…You’d think the little part about them supposedly killing us would be the attention getter.”
  • “I think we should take a break, fill our little tummies and drink up.”
  • Pop, pop, pop.” <– You’ll understand once you have read the book!
  • “And you forgive that witch?” So sad… 😦 because I agreed with “the witch” and I though that she was right….

Summary
As you can tell from the pros, this is a truly unique book. IT’s AWESOME!!! 😀 So therefore, it is easily 5 shuriken stars! I would definitely recommend you to read this book! (but only after the Maze Runner! <– which is also an AMAZING book!)

The Maze Runner- James Dashner

I love the plot. I love (most of) the characters. I love the author. I love the book. It is one of the best series I have ever read! It is just AMAZING! …<— trying to calm myself, as I am hyperventilating just thinking about it! (so, I may ramble a lot in this review… :D). *Taking a deep breath* This book is the first in a trilogy, by James Dashner, called the Maze Runner trilogy (such imagination(!)). The books that follow it are the Scorch Trials and the Death Cure, which are equally as good, apart from the ending of the Death Cure, as it just leaves too many unanswered questions.. URG… I HATE THE ENDING… sorry… rambling again…. This trilogy also has a prequel, called the Kill Order, but that isn’t out yet…, unfortunately …

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)Summary!
The main character of the book is this guy called Thomas, and kinda also this girl. The book starts with Thomas going up the shaft, into the maze, and being surrounded by kids around his age. Also, all he can remember is his name, nothing, not anything else… (how creepy would that be?, if I were him, at that point, I would have teared my head apart…). Then the plot THICKENS! The next day a girl is sent up, who is the first girl to have EVER arrived in the Glade (aka the maze)!!! dum dum dum! The plot is basically about them trying to get out of the maze!

Cons
How James Dashner writes off so many characters…
He killed so many of my favourite character… At the end of the book, I was emotionally traumatized…  and I was so close to tears… ;( I just hate how, with some characters, he doesn’t give them the proper noble death and funeral they deserve… It was just like “Bang. You’re dead. Bye!” I just wish that James Dashner had made their deaths longer, so it would give the characters a proper closure that they deserved…

I guess that’s the only con I have!

Pros!!!
The plot
IT IS AMAZING!!! And that is about the only thing that I can say without giving away too much of the plot!

The twists!
I DID NOT SEE THEM COMING! The plot was just so fast paced, and the twists came one after another, it was just breath taking and then it left me speechless.

The Ending
I can’t say much,apart from it was an amazing ending! It was left on an amazing cliffhanger. I really shouldn’t say any more.

The Characters
I just felt that I connected with them immediately. Especially Minho. He is so cool! I found myself in their situation, and I couldn’t help feeling sad, when they felt sad, and happy when they were happy! I know. It sounds really cliché…  but IT’S TRUE!!!

The front cover
I know, this is a minor point, and that “you should never judge a book by its cover”… But the cover of this book looks awesome!!! And it is exactly how I imagined it!!!!!!!!

Favourite Quotes

  • “You’re the shuckiest shuck-faced shuck there ever was”
  • “shouldn’t someone give a pep talk or something?” Minho asked, pulling Thomas’s attention away from Alby.
    “Go ahead” Newt replied.
    Minho nodded and faced the crowd. “Be careful,” he said dryly.
    “Don’t die.” *I LOVE THIS QUOTE!!!
  • “You’re disgusting when you eat,” Chuck said, sitting on the bench next to him. “It’s like watching a starving pig eat his own klunk.”
  • “I’ve been shucked and gone to heaven.”

Overall
Overall, this book is amazing! It is definitely a must read! Easily 5 shuriken stars!!!