Read Along With Me #1: The Maze Runner by James Dashner Chapters 39-51

10 Jul

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This is the second to last installment. Can you believe it?! I’m still trying to get over the fact some crazies joined me in reading this book. Thank you to all of you who are reading along, you’ve made this so much fun!

Question from Nicole: I wondered towards the end of this section if the Creators were aware of the boys and what they were on too. And if they did know what was happening, why didn’t they try to stop it or was this part of the “plan”?
There weren’t any mentions of Beetle Blades in these last chapters, so I’m not sure. I feel like the blades are spies for the creators so if they’re not around like they were when Thomas first arrived, maybe the Creators aren’t as aware. If they did know about the plan, their next step would probably depend on what the purpose of the experiment is.

Question from Ashlee: Do you think Theresa was the only girl who went through the special training? Or why weren’t more females thrown into the Maze?
They talk so much about variables, I wonder if all men was a way of removing the romantic variable. No women, no distractions. Kind of like Catholic high-schools. As far as Teresa showing up, I think that the part of the ending sequence she triggered threw a lot of variables to the wind. The doors weren’t supposed to stay open either.

Question from Sultana: Just one last chunk of reading left! General predictions, anyone?
As of writing this, I’ve finished it, but my prediction going into the last section was that Minho would die. He’s my favorite character and my disappointment in this book so far dictated that he would have to die.

Question from Barb: Why is Newt so negative to Thomas’s code breaking? There is no better option so why does Newt resist so much?
I think Newt was so new to being in control that he didn’t know how to act. He wanted to stay in control and be leading the boys, but Thomas had a monopoly on that for the time being. I think he resented Thomas more than he resented the idea of breaking the code.

Question from Lynn: Also, the people who have been through the changing – some of them don’t want to leave the maze as a result as they think the world out there will be much worse – how come Thomas isn’t feeling that?
I think Thomas somehow was raised apart from the rest of the boys. His memories are different, he has a different connection with Teresa, and he feels familiar in the maze. To me, all of these point to having been there before and having been involved somehow in design, which it seems obvious the remaining boys were not.

Until next time, write on.

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7 Responses to “Read Along With Me #1: The Maze Runner by James Dashner Chapters 39-51”

  1. Ashlee July 10, 2014 at 1:37 PM #

    I really enjoyed the read along! Great idea, Sam! I’m definitely along for the ride if you do another one this fall.

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    • Sam July 10, 2014 at 1:43 PM #

      I think I’m going to take a little time off before the next one, but I want to do this again! It was great to discuss with fellow bloggers.

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  2. Molly Mortensen July 10, 2014 at 2:13 PM #

    As someone who’s already read the trilogy it’s interesting to read your comments. Don’t worry I won’t give anything away. 😉 I had some of the same questions you guys did. I think that’s the main reason I read these books so fast, I wanted answers!

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    • Sam July 10, 2014 at 2:55 PM #

      Were your questions answered? Part of my frustration with this book was the lack of answers and I’m worried that if I start the next book, I’ll just have more questions!

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      • Molly Mortensen July 10, 2014 at 2:57 PM #

        Most of them were. I didn’t like the sequels personally, but I think I’m the only one. Most people liked them more.

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  3. lynnsbooks July 12, 2014 at 10:27 AM #

    I have a horrible feeling that I’m going to come away from the book with more questions than answers! But, I suppose I’ll see in the remaining chapters.
    Lynn 😀

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    • Sam July 13, 2014 at 7:32 PM #

      I have so many questions! I’m tempted to power through the series.

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