‘The Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ Gets 2017 Release, WON’T Be Split in Two
The Hunger Games franchise has already chosen to adapt the third book as a two-part film: Mockingjay – Part 1 and Mockingjay Part 2. The Divergent Series will also be doing the same with it’s third adaptation. However, a newer franchise won’t be following the same trend.
Maze Runner 3: The Death Cure, the final installment of The Maze Runner series, will not be turned into two separate films.
Exhibitor Relations reports that 20th Century Fox has scheduled a February 17, 2017 release date for the third film adaptation of The Maze Runner Series, a trilogy of novels written by James Dasher. That’s right, just the one film.
via Dotti Enderle
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My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Mare’s story seems a typical rags-to-riches story until Mare discovers her own power that could topple the strict caste system in the world Aveyard has created. The Silvers are the ruling class blessed with powers and the Reds, of which Mare is one of many, are the oppressed and (literally) powerless. While the downtrodden Reds are not just taking their lumps (there’s a rebellion brewing), the Silvers still clearly hold and wield all the power. Mare’s ability has lain dormant and the plan to pass her off as a Silver seems possible until one realizes that she would have had to never bleed in her life prior to this revelation in order for it to work. And yet it does – which lessens the collective intelligence of everyone involved that none of them thought of this.
Mare is one of a string of strong female leads that I have read lately. She is opinionated, stubborn, and clever. She refuses to accept the status quo and will battle to the end of her strength for those she loves. While I love the influx of strong female characters in recent publishing, that’s about all Mare is. She doesn’t make any real discoveries about herself and the other characters are cardboard cutouts of their types.
The intensity of the situation kept me reading: Will Mare be able to wriggle out of the ruse the royal family are perpetrating? The potential for romance on two different fronts creates more tension, but love triangles complete with the longtime guy best friend who secretly carries a torch for her are cliche and Aveyard does nothing to make this one original. The plot twist at the end is not necessarily predictable, but it’s still tired.
With a series in the works, I’m hopeful that Aveyard will take this interesting world she’s built and eventually populate it with 3-dimensional characters and deeper plot development. There’s a core of originality within the story that I hope will become stronger through the series.
Similar books with less problems: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch, Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong, and The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’m always wary of Lauren Oliver’s YA books. For some reason, the end of her Delirium series REQUIEM left me with a bad taste in my mouth and I haven’t been able to get over it. However, VANISHING GIRLS does not disappoint. Reminiscent of PANIC, the story takes place in a small community. The sisters in the story sound like any set of siblings one might encounter who are too close to be indifferent to one another and too different to stay close as they grow up. Throw in a divorce and a horrible car accident and readers have the recipe for a perfect realistic mystery.
Just like with PANIC, the scariest part about Dara and Nick’s predicament is that it could happen. Readers will sense in Nick’s desperation to reconnect with Dara that something is not right. Parker’s estrangement from the sisters also sets off some alarm bells and leaves one wondering exactly what went wrong on that particular stretch of highway. There are clues to the ultimate reveal that savvy readers will pick up on, but it would be hard to accurately nail down the ultimate resolution.
Again, it took me a bit to get into the story. I was just about to put it down when it got really engaging. Nick and Dara tend to blur a little in the beginning because they are so close in age and the story switches back and forth between their voices. This seems intentional on Oliver’s part given the premise of the story. By the end of the book I wanted to shake the characters until their teeth rattled. Overall, a very realistic portrayal of teens struggling with trauma.
BRIDGE BOOKS: One could lead students to other psychological thrillers like “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce, “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gillman, “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner, or SULA by Toni Morrison.