Book Review: Heads You Win

The Maze Runner - the books

I decided to read the Maze Runner series of books after having watched the first movie of the series The Maze Runner, a few weeks back.

The movie was interesting, about a guy, Thomas, who lands up without memory in a mass of land surrounded by walls in the form of a maze.  There are a ground of boys who have come/landed before him and they have survived - farming, cooking and making a living.  The boy is soon followed by a girl - the first girl in the group of about forty boys.  Each day, a group of runners go around the maze, trying to map it so that they can find a way out.  Each evening, the doors of the maze close - no one has survived a night in the maze.

The rest of the story is about Thomas, trying to figure out his past, as well as figure out an escape from the maze, along with the rest of the group.

There are four books in the series

  • The Maze Runner, the first book
  • The Scorch Trials (recently released as a movie)
  • The Death Cure

and the prequel,

  • The Maze Runner - The Kill Order

I believe the author is writing another prequel, The Fever Code.

One of the reasons I read the books were to find out answers to a number of questions.

  • What exactly happens to the earth?
  • What are solar flares and how/will do they kill a large population?
  • How does that result in ocean level as well as the temperate increasing?
  • Why do Post Flares Coalition release the deadline virus into the world - even if it is to "reduce" the population?
  • And then, why do they go about trying to find a cure?
  • Why are some of the people Immunes (unaffected by the virus)?
  • How does subjecting the Immunes to experiements and mapping their behavior help them get a cure?
  • Two groups with identical experiments - one - all girls and one - all boys!

Despite reading all the four books, not all the questions have answers.  Also, not all the answers are convincing either.

As I understand, the second movie (The Scorch Trials) is quite different in plot from the book.

In my teenage days, the stape diet (after exhausting Hardy Boys) was Alister Maclean, James Hadley Chase and Erle Stanley Gardener.  It looks like today's teen tales are fancier, but arguably not that wholesome.  And the violence in the prequel book (The Kill Order) is quite gruesome and not something I would recommend a teenager.