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The Maze Runner (maze Runner, Book One)

by James Dashner

Random House Children's Books | August 24, 2010 | Trade Paperback

The Maze Runner (maze Runner, Book One) is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 65.
Read the first book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent. The Maze Runner is now a major motion picture featuring the star of MTV''s Teen Wolf, Dylan O’Brien; Kaya Scodelario; Aml Ameen; Will Poulter; and Thomas Brodie-Sangster and the second book, The Scorch Trials, is soon to be a movie, hitting theaters September 18, 2015! Also look for James Dashner’s newest novels, The Eye of Minds and The Rule of Thoughts, the first two books in the Mortality Doctrine series.
 
If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.
 
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.
 
Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.
 
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.
 
Everything is going to change.
 
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
 
Remember. Survive. Run.

Praise for the Maze Runner series:

 
"[A] mysterious survival saga that passionate fans describe as a fusion of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and Lost."—EW.com
 
“Wonderful action writingfast-paced…but smart and well observed.”Newsday
 
“[A] nail-biting must-read.”—Seventeen.com

“Breathless, cinematic action.”Publishers Weekly
 
“Heart-pounding to the very last moment.”Kirkus Reviews
 
“Exclamation-worthy.”Romantic Times
 
[STAR] “James Dashner’s illuminating prequel [The Kill Order] will thrill fans of this Maze Runner [series] and prove just as exciting for readers new to the series.”—Shelf Awareness, Starred


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Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.38 × 5.88 × 0.78 in

Published: August 24, 2010

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385737955

ISBN - 13: 9780385737951

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Thomas is a likable character. Head strong and smart to the point of having his older peers recognize him as their equal, I liked that he was always true to himself and truly wanted to help others as well as himself solve the puzzle that was the maze. The terror these boys and girl had felt real. Their struggles and the community they built was admirable. Order is definitely something one must have in order to maintain a sense of peace. I love how each boy had a job to do handled by their keepers. Did I mention the new slang words that James whipped up? I?m guessing shanks aren?t all that positive to start with. Each character had a way of talking and that truly shows their I individual personalities as well. I quite enjoyed this adventurous dystopian tale where teens are tested once again to survive. The writing was fluid, always giving you something more in each and every chapter. I loved the mystery and suspense that Mr. Dashner concocted in his Maze Runner world. The world building is flawless and I can?t wait to read more!
Date published: 2014-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Thomas is a likable character. Head strong and smart to the point of having his older peers recognize him as their equal, I liked that he was always true to himself and truly wanted to help others as well as himself solve the puzzle that was the maze. The terror these boys and girl had felt real. Their struggles and the community they built was admirable. Order is definitely something one must have in order to maintain a sense of peace. I love how each boy had a job to do handled by their keepers. Did I mention the new slang words that James whipped up? I?m guessing shanks aren?t all that positive to start with. Each character had a way of talking and that truly shows their I individual personalities as well. I quite enjoyed this adventurous dystopian tale where teens are tested once again to survive. The writing was fluid, always giving you something more in each and every chapter. I loved the mystery and suspense that Mr. Dashner concocted in his Maze Runner world. The world building is flawless and I can?t wait to read more!
Date published: 2014-09-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Maze Runner This novel was so much more in depth than I?d expected. It was absolutely chilling in the prospects for humanity that it reveals. The author presents humanity at its worst as well as at its best. Readers are struck with a sense of hopelessness, but yet hope is in the characters themselves. Dashner leaves you with a sense of completion along with a definite question of ?well, what now?? I found myself wanting to reach for the next book in the series right away just to see what happened. I quite enjoyed the characters in this novel. Although readers get to know a definite ?main character? there is a group of individuals who are indispensible to the story?s forward movement. Dashner develops each in such a manner that you can easily see what they contribute to the society as well as how they feel about that. As a whole this is a novel that will be enjoyed by teens and adults alike. It?s a shocking look at what could happen.
Date published: 2014-09-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 2.5 stars I should start by saying I'm an adult, and not the target audience for this. I read it since I'm a fan of dystopian fiction, including "young adult" fare such as Divergent and The Hunger Games, so this premise appealed to me. I still think the concept is cool, but I'm just not a fan of this writing style. My guess is that a 12-year old might find it exciting. My other guess is that this may be one of those rare scenarios where the movie ends up being better than the book.
Date published: 2014-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A definite page-turner I saw the movie trailer and decided to read the book first. So glad I did...it's a great read! I immediately went out and bought the next 2 books in the series. I finished the second book within a few days because I couldn't put it down. I am on the 3rd book now and it is equally as good. Can't wait to find out how it all ends! I will definitely be going to the movie as well.
Date published: 2014-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of my favorite books i originally read this in August 2013 and even though the beggining is slow, YOU MUST KEEP READING. It keeps you hooked and it was unlike anything I have ever read. It is about a boy who comes into a place called the "Glade" and this place is surrounded by a maze filled with horrible creatures. Its a 'must read' and I cannot wait for the movie. I was upset because the movie was supposed to be out on Valentines day in 2014 but they have pushed it back to September. SO HOP ON THE BANDWAGON! 
Date published: 2014-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good book, just don't bother reading the sequels This book was really hard for me to put down. Very captivating and you always wanna know what comes next. It was a little predictable at times but still enjoyable. Only thing I'd mention is to just read the maze runner and not read the sequels... The fun of the first book is really where it's at, reading the scorch trials and the death cure was quite the let down and felt really stretched out and bland compared to maze runner.
Date published: 2014-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read I read the novel to see if it would be an appropriate read aloud for my class. I thought it was a great book that students in Grades 6-10 would enjoy. *** Warning *** the book does get a bit graphic and violent at parts (I put a star beside a couple sections to omit graphic details when I read it to my class). I feel students would get hooked on the book because of the thrill and adventure it offers. Since the book is part of a series, I read the second novel. I feel the second book ``The Scorch Trials`` is much more violent (people are hung in the first few chapters) and wouldn`t recommend this for younger students.
Date published: 2013-08-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Maze book The Maze Runner by James Dashner is a fictional novel. It it about Thomas, a boy who one day wakes up in an elevator-type contraction with no memory except for his first name. After he gets out of the elevator, he finds he is in a field surrounded by walls which the other children call the Glade. Outside the walls is a massive maze. He goes on an adventure throughout the book to find a way out of it. The only thing keeping them from escaping is the walls move every night and these terrifying creatures called Grievers. The book is exciting and exhilarating, and is categorized as an Action or Adventure book. This book was an a good read at some parts. Some chapters in the book were very intense and intrigued me to keep reading. Other parts made me want to put the book down because they were so boring. I would rate this book 2 stars because of the unusual words they say which eventually become very annoying and of how boring other parts of the book yet. I would recommend this to pre-teens, mostly boys, because they would find the book interesting. The book is not difficult to read but I would say people with a moderate reading level would thoroughly enjoy reading this.
Date published: 2013-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Book You Cant Let Go Of Maze Runners is a fascinating book written by James Dashner.This book is for people who like mystery books and surprising twists and turns throughout the story . I personally loved this book because it made my imagination go wild .The words he used were fascinating and cool .The characters he used also came in and out at the perfect timings too. In this book people are arriving at a maze not remembering anything about themselves except for their ages and their names. Its only been boys around the ages between 12-17 . They are learning how to live their lives and beyond the maze are deadly creatures. Every month a boy comes and then one month a girl comes. Thats all about the story Im giving a away but make sure you read it. This book has 3 ones that come after it so its a series. The other books start of from right where you leave off so its great .Hopes you liked my review. My rating for this book is 10 out of 10.
Date published: 2013-04-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Good Read I had a hard time getting into the book at first, because of the perspective the novel is told in the reader is left feeling confused. After the first few chapters you get use to the vernacular, and the unanswered questions are intriguing and entice you to keep reading. The novel was interesting, and I did enjoy it. Just give the novel a chance, it does get better :)
Date published: 2013-03-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ok... I read the book, the words that the author chose for saying stuff in the book were very confusing, for example "Shank". I know shank as a prison knife, not in this book... When I picked up the book I thought it had some promise but no, I was wrong... The book seems like a good read but it just isn't a very good book... There are many better books out there.
Date published: 2013-01-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from eh.. This book is really one of those books that has a lot of buzz and its either you love it or you can't stand it, and unfortunately I really wanted to be one the love it side but I wasn't. Its fine and all, I just didn't love it. I found it reaaaaaally boring most of the time and even though i missed some parts (because my teacher read it at school) i got the main idea, and it basically is just not the book for me. I held off writing a review because I disliked it a lot so yeah. Maybe the next one is better, who knows? :0
Date published: 2013-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read I read the maze runner with my class and sometimes I missed some parts but It was still really good. I loved the overall Idea of the book and I loved the characters and the way the author described it. I really liked the plot was was endless fun with lots of ups and downs.
Date published: 2013-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Good But A Little Disappointed I did enjoy reading this book. I did enjoy the plot and the idea, especially the beginning. It did go somewhat downhill from there. I think my expectations were too high, because I wasn't too impressed. I couldn't relate to the characters, and had trouble picturing some scenes. But other then that, I really did enjoy this book. It was pretty well written, definitely not the worst book (writing wise) I have read, but also not the best written. I loved the whole idea of the maze, and I hope that Dashner doesn't stray too far in the next book, and stays true to the original. The Maze Runner was a good book, and, yes, I am going to read the next book in the series, but I'm not going to rush off right after finishing this book and go straight to chapters and buy it, but I am eager to read it.
Date published: 2012-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Action packed YA dystopian series! Read this now The Maze Runner was written by James Dashner and originally published in October 2009 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. This is the first book in the YA dystopian Maze Runner series. It all starts when, a teenage boy, Thomas wakes up in an elevator and the only thing that he remembers is his name. The elevator deposits him into the ‘Glade’ which is inhabited by other teenage boys and is surrounded by a giant maze. It takes a while for Thomas to figure out that these boys have been left here and have been working for years to find a way out of the maze. Each month there is a new boy that is brought in with Thomas being the latest addition. Normally it takes an entire month until there is someone new but this time something different happens the next day the first girl arrives in the elevator which seems to trigger something important. Thomas is still learning all about his new environment and trying to figure out why he doesn’t remember anything but seems to remember the girl. Each day the designated runners go through the maze and try to find a way out and each night they come and the gates close to the maze. Thomas is shocked to see that inside the maze there are ‘Grievers’ creatures which can attack and kill people. Soon things begin to change and Thomas knows that he somehow has to become a runner and figure out the tricks of the maze. He doesn’t know why but he has been sent here for a reason and he wants to know what that reason is. Wow this book sure was action packed; from the very beginning I wanted to know what was going on and I couldn’t figure it out. Even after finishing the book there are still so many unanswered questions that are driving me crazy meaning of course that I have to pick up the sequel “The Scorch Trials” sooner rather than later. I think that lots of people both boys and girls, young and old will enjoy this story because there is so much to going on that keeps your attention throughout the entire story. It’s a new take on the lost boy story like “Lord of the Flies” which I personally didn’t like. I liked Thomas because I was glad that he kept pushing to get answers from the other boys. I mean if I had just been put into a weird place and didn’t remember anything then I would want to know what was going on. It seemed that the boys were very nonchalant like you will learn things as you need to or whatever. Of course he has a ton of questions because he wants to get the hell out of this maze and back to whatever life he had before. I also enjoyed the other boys especially Chuck the other newbie who kind of took Thomas under his wing and showed him the ropes since he knew what it was like to be the newest boy. It was interesting that they had developed their own slang and ways of doing things; they had a functioning society. Each boy had a job and something that he was responsible for as well they had developed a government of sorts to make sure that decisions were made to benefit the entire group. Like I mentioned before the ending was irritating because I now have to read the next in the series to find out what is going on. I don’t know why it took me so long to read this book because I’ve heard nothing but good things about the entire series. Now that all the books are out as well as the prequel I have no reason to put it off any longer. I will definitely be continuing with the rest of the books, and I will recommend this book to friends for sure. I also read that there is a movie in the works. It has been on the back burner since 2011, but from what I understand there is a script already written by James Dashner himself and a director attached. I hope that it actually gets made. Check out my blog for more reviews http://bibliophilesisters.wordpress.com/
Date published: 2012-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! Such a good book!! Kept me on edge through the whole thing and made me want MORE! I even convinced my brother to read it (OMG) and he loved it!!! Definitely going to continue on!
Date published: 2012-10-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lord of the Flies meets Hunger Games This was a fun read and written well. The characters were all distinctive and the story kept me interested from beginning to end. This had the feel of 'lord of the flies' and elements of the Hunger Games so If you like those books you will probably enjoy Maze Runner.
Date published: 2012-10-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay, not the best book. The Maze Runner started out quite confusing, and I liked it, because we're in the state of mind that the main character, Thomas, is in. Thomas wakes up in a sort of lift kind of thing, and he remembers nothing except his name, just his first name. He arrives in a place called the Glade, where everyone has their own place. It was really interesting just watching Thomas become more and more of a Glader, which is what they call themselves. In the beginning, Thomas was just an awkward guy who felt out of place, he didn't understand why they talked the way they did, and just pretty much the function of the whole place. I really enjoyed just watching him start to belong, even if it didn't last very long. After Thomas came, weird things have been happening, and some people are just picking him out as either a God, or someone who should die. Another thing I really liked was just the setting. The Glade is in the middle of a whole MAZE, hence, The Maze Runner. Runners of the Glade will go out everyday and map out the maze, which changes every night, over night after the walls of the Glade close. Apparently, all of them were sent there to figure out this maze and get the hell out of there, but for 2 years now, they haven't found a way out. I don't know, the idea of a maze scares me because I get lost really easily, but I still love the setting of the whole book. However, The Maze Runner was sort of a slow book, it dragged on for the first half, and things don't really pick up until the middle of the book. I didn't feel the push to just keep reading and reading. In it's defense, the first half felt like a whole lot of development to the point my head hurt. At times, I would be screaming at the characters in my head because some things were just so OBVIOUS. This wasn't what I thought it would be about, I thought that they would be stuck in the maze, and that there would be an opening.. but since the walls moved all the time, it would be hard for them. I didn't expect the Runners to be so good at remember all the patterns of the maze, so I was off about what was going to happen. Overall, this book is a pretty good read, and I can't wait to read the next book in the series, The Scorch Trials. If you're looking for a book that will make you laugh and shiver at the same time, this is for you. OH AND BY THE WAY, sorry to anyone shipping Teresa and Thomas, but I'm going with Minho and Thomas. They are gay for each other, in my head. -coughs- Yea.
Date published: 2012-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Much Better Than The Hunger Games This book blew my mind . Very unpredictable . Loved all hte characters and their personalities . The storyline was so insane and original, I couldn't get enough ! I literally finished the book in a day, I just could'nt stop reading . I was absolutely hooked after the first chapter . I HIGHLY recommend this book . It's simply stunning . If you enjoyed The Hunger Games, I guarentee you'll like this, probably even more . I think it's MUCH better . Read this book ! Probably my second or third favourite book. It couldn't really top the Divergent or Hush Hush series in my opinion.
Date published: 2012-09-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not bad suspenseful but hunger games is better reviews have said this trilogy could rival the intensity of the hunger games. my personal opinion it does not. the cashier at chapters said he thought it was better than hunger games. the reviews on this book are high, so i assumed it would be pretty good. (another series readers raved about is divergent- didn't really like it. weak) hunger games is my all time favorite series and it does not compare. the review are true it is suspenseful and you do want to know what is going on with the infamous "maze". but the conclusion does not have the impact readers believe it to be. i assumed what the ending would be. a bit predictable, but good for young readers. there is a lot of action in this book it keeps going and as past reviews have said it is a bit slow in the begging, but aren't most book. i wouldn't rally for it like i did with the hunger games. readers that are fans of the hunger games would probably enjoy it. i am more interested in the prequel that was just released. the entire concept of the "flare" intrigues me. could this be a combo of lord of the flies meets hunger games with a mix of mad max? i guess i'll have to read more to find out.
Date published: 2012-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good series! It will keep you interested - if you like teen fiction and a little romance than this is a good select.
Date published: 2012-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just. Amazing. I read this book a while ago. Like when it came out. I read it over and over, it was just amazing! The second and third books were just as good. It's a rare find when all three books in a trilogy are amazing. Every one of them. I remember waking up super early and rushing over to any bookstore to be the first to get it.
Date published: 2012-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Maze Runner Fantastic book! Entertaining, interesting and definitely creepy! I found it a quick read being a teen book but still worth it!
Date published: 2012-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creepy, but AMAZING. From the very first page, this book was absolutely mesmerizing. I started the Maze Runner at night and I got really creeped out by James Dashner's detailed descriptions. I couldn't even fall asleep, and I am usually able to fall asleep right when I hit the pillow. :D Only an extremely talented author can make things seem so real to the readers. The novel went straight to the point. All the events were BANG BANG BANG, right after the other. No boring intros; it started off as a page-turner, and ended as such. Practically every chapter ended off with a twisting event that lead me to read on and on and on. I seriously could not put this book down! I kept wanting to know what was going to happen next. NOTHING at all was predictable; everything was a complete surprise and I could not guess AT ALL what was going to happen next. Truly, this is an amazing book. I'd say this is just as good as the Hunger Games. Although this book was a bit eerie, I loved it! I am looking forward to reading the Scorch Trials, and I have no idea what is going to happen in it. James Dashner really painted a detailed picture of the Glade and the Maze, and also of the outside world around them. He also defined the characters so boldly, I could really distinguish their personalities. Amazing. Absolutely amazing. I cannot put into words how awesome this book is. (maybe you should read it to find out!) I definitely recommend reading it. DEFINITELY.
Date published: 2012-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Went past my expectations! I assumed this book was going to be good, but I didn’t know I was going to love it this much. I really did love this book. At first I thought the book was going to be a bit to slow paced for my taste, but it didn’t take long to pick up. I even found myself at first getting a little bit annoyed, like Thomas that I was receiving so little answers like Thomas, but like I said it quickly picked up. The plot and the characters kept me impressively interested, along with that fact that half the chapters ended on a cliff hanger that made me want to read more. There is a lot of mystery that needs answers so thankfully it is faced pace enough to give answers, but also opens up doors to future events to take place in the other Maze Runner novels. I have a feeling this will be my favorite book in the series because it is a great start to the series, but I won’t know until I read the rest of the books which I am excited to do.
Date published: 2012-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Left me Breathless There has to be a way out; every maze must have a solution. They have been searching for two years, yet the boys are no closer to solving this maze than they were when they first entered it. Thomas's arrival in the glade, at the centre of the maze, appears to follow routine, at least for the next twenty-four hours, after which every pattern is broken and things start going crazy. Thomas arrives in the maze with no idea of who he is and where he's been. He feels totally lost and confused. No one answers his questions, they brush them away with the excuse that he is the newbie, he just doesn't understand. Of course he doesn't understand, none of the boys answer his inquiries. While reading this novel I felt as though I was trapped in the maze with the boys. I found my heart starting to race while Minho and Thomas were running to escape the grievers. I still don't know what grievers really are, but they are horribly nasty creatures. I felt anxious each time they approached a corner of the maze. In fact, I felt like Thomas, so many questions and very few answers. The glade itself is a fairly straightforward place. Rather simple in fact. It has housing, farming, and a forest with a burial yard. The maze and it's reason for existence is complicated. Then there is a world beyond. What is happening out there and how does it result in the boys being locked in the maze. This story gives me lots to ponder and look forward to. There are two further novels in this series: The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure. Coming in August 2012 is the prequel The Kill Order.
Date published: 2012-05-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Really good read. It took me a while to get into this book. It opened up slowly but it was interesting because you’re looking through Thomas’ view. So in a way you’re experiencing this alongside Thomas. This had a certain Lord of the Flies ring to it, with the boys in their own groups and at times resorting to violent clashes and they even have their own lingo (which takes a while to figure out, but you do get the hang of it). Naturally, you’ll find Thomas stuck in the middle of everything, as he tries to figure out what really goes on in here especially when Theresa enters the story. The concept of the book was interesting, what was more interesting was the group of boys managed to stay and work together (you’d think they run amok and start bashing each other on the head after being stuck together for a while). What I liked were the Grievers. Now those were really interesting. I liked reading the real close call moments where Thomas was pretty close to getting killed. They were interesting and at least provided a good amount of the action part of the book. The action does pick up through the second half of the book, and towards the end, you end up being blindsided with what really is happening. The ending will either make you frustrated, or eager to know more. I fall in the latter. It was a giant cliffhanger but well done to make you wanting to read the second book. Although the book does pick up, and the pace quickens, there are so many questions asked, and few are answered. It does get frustrating whenever Thomas does ask something and everyone seems to either avoid the question entirely or just shrug it off. It’s irritating to read, and you certainly do feel Thomas’ frustration. It’s irritating to see the other boys not answer what seems like very simple questions and it doesn’t seem fair to Thomas that he’s kept in the dark when all he’s trying to do is make sense of things. I’m going to pick up the next book for sure as I’m itching to find out what’s going to happen next. Readers of dystopian fiction will most certainly enjoy this book, but it’s also encouraging to see that this book also seems to cater to male readers as well. It’s a refreshing change and I think it’s a well done book to please the target audience. Even if you don’t fit the target, don’t hesitate to pick this book up. Especially if you’re into the Lord of the Flies theme. Mix this with a bit of dystopia and science fiction and you’ll get a well written book with an excellent cliffhanger that will make you want more out of this series.
Date published: 2012-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from maze runner!!!!!!3 i LOVEE this book!!!! it is by far one of the most amazing books i have EVER READ!!!! i have read every book and honestly you can not put any one down at all!!! james dashner (the author) is making a prequel to it about when the sun flares hit!!!!! it is amazing and it comes out in august! best books i have ever read no joke!!!!!
Date published: 2012-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! This was a great book! Once I started I couldn't put it down! Can't wait to start of the next book in the series!
Date published: 2012-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally WICKED! Great book for teens (girls included). Our bookclub group is made up of 6 girls and we all LOVED it! It starts of good and gets better and better. Half way through the book it becomes impossible to put down. Very little information is given about why the boys have been put into the maze but this didn't take away from the book at all. It keeps you guessing throughout. Since there are so few details right from the beginning, it makes the reader feel like one of the characters; trying to figure everything out right along with the characters in the book. We liked it so much that we have started "The Scorch Trials".
Date published: 2012-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Suspenseful and Lovable Loved the book, was able to lose myself with the character Thomas And become totally absorbed in the action and love within theirs book.
Date published: 2012-02-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bland I don’t get the appeal of The Maze Runner. I thought the writing was too simple, and unrealistic. Nowadays teen fiction has to be able to speak to everyone. I, as an adult, can understand that some things are just meant for kids. However, I feel that this book was even insulting to the intelligence of young readers. I get the impression that the book was thrown together over night. I just think that James Dashner is underestimating his audience. I really disliked Thomas as a character. I didn’t his voice, and I don’t think that there was any character development. It seems like he plucked his thoughts and feelings from thin air. There was no reasoning. Putting aside the lack of depth in the characters, I was very unattached to the story. I sometimes felt a giant “so what?!” welling up in my chest while reading. The very last bit sort of piqued my curiosity, but nowhere near enough to carry on with this series.
Date published: 2012-01-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What's the fuss? I just don't get what the big deal about this book is. It sort of failed on all fronts for me. I didn't really care for the Dashner's writing style, I thought Thomas was an @$$#0!$, and there really didn't seem to be any relationship development-Thomas just stated that he didn't like a character, or that he loved someone "like a brother". I also couldn't really wrap my head around some of the information & events. (Spoilers) I mean how did Thomas manage to push someone up a wall when that person likely weighed more than him? How would ivy support the weight of a person, much less someone pushing another person up a wall? Without showing anything happening outside the Maze, I found it difficult to believe that, people would find testing, and killing children for an experiment acceptable. I really don't understand the hype for this book. I am not a teen, just another adult with a love of teen novels. I'm going to assume this is one of those teen novels best left to teen readers.
Date published: 2012-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review of The Maze Runner by James Dashner I'm going to say this right off the top, James Dashner is an amazing writer. The Maze Runner has an intense and intriguing opening that immediately pulls the reader right into the story, throwing them right in beside a lonely and confused Thomas in a creepy elevator shaft. "He began his new life standing up, surrounded by cold darkness and stale, dusty air." Dashner's pacing is perfection. The story flows along so nicely you almost don't realize as you sneak up on the ending. I was so involved in Thomas's character, trying to figure out why he seems so familiar with everything, yet why most of his memories are missing. Trying to put all the clues together to find out what is happening so everyone can escape the horrors of the maze. The author doesn't give too much away too early, he lets the reader discover the important aspects of the plot as the characters do. I love this in a storyteller. It keeps you reading, turning every page one right after the other until you reach the mind-numbing conclusion. One of my favourite aspects of The Maze Runner is the new language the characters create during their time living with one another. Completely devoid of memories of their past they quickly develop their own entertaining slang. I love how this allows the boys in the book to "swear" as boys often do, but without having the book filled with profanity. “Klunk’s another word for poo. Poo makes a klunk sound when it falls in our pee pots.” That quote seriously made me snicker out loud on the subway... embarrassing... The chapters were short, yet involved, which keeps the readers interested and coming back for more. The characters were alive and vivid, allowing the reader to become emotionally invested in them (which is not always a good thing!) I highly recommend this book to everyone, male or female, old or young, I think there is something in it for everyone.
Date published: 2011-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Suspenseful and Mysterious... I remember when I first heard of The Maze Runner, I wasn't actually too excited to read the novel right away. I may have judged the book by its cover a bit because it lacks the beautiful touch I'm always more drawn towards. But you know how the saying goes... and with The Maze Runner, I'm glad I finally caved into the praise and read it, even if it was a while after it was first released. The first time I read it, the second novel was about to be released, and a part of me is glad I didn't read it right away because it wouldn't have been fun waiting for the next book! Like I was saying, I definitely should have listened to the recommendations sooner! The Maze Runner is like one crazy and thrilling roller coaster ride, filled with plenty of twists and turns to keep your heart pounding as you read. The beginning starts off slow as we learn more about the mysteries and dangers outside of the Glade... but the intrigue steadily builds up as the Gladers tried to solve all the riddles. And when we reached the climax of the novel, James Dashner couldn't have added any more suspense if he tried! I liked the cast of characters, I really did... but most of all, I really liked Thomas. He has no recollection of his past, so he's sort of stumbling to connect all the lost pieces. The lost memories are locked away and the more Thomas tries to access them, the more he feels that they're slipping from his grasp. He's unlike the other Gladers in a certain way, and he's sure there's a way to escape the giant Maze that encloses the Glade... but he's just not sure how. Thomas does, of course, have his moments of weakness, but I liked how he tried to lead the boys into not accepting their fates of remaining forever in the Maze. James Dashner's The Maze Runner has a perfect appeal for both boys and girls! And if you haven't read the novel yet, make you sure you also have the The Scorch Trials to read right afterwards because the ending leaves off on a cliffhanger note. I'm sure you'll be wanting to read what happens next to Thomas and his friends right away! You can also read this review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.com/2011/10/maze-runner-by-james-dashner.html
Date published: 2011-10-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fab Dystopian YA novel - good for male and female readers Mini Book Review: Totally hooked from the first chapter, this book is a fabulous addition to the dystopian genre. Sorta reminds me of a mix of The Running Man, Lord of the Flies, The Outsiders, Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games all mixed into one. I couldn't stop imagining the characters of Thomas and Chuck as Jon Snow and Samwell Tarly from The Game of Thrones. The storyline is exciting with tons of non stop action and plenty of twists and turns guaranteed to keep even the most reluctant reader entertained. It is quite bleak and violent at times so I wouldn't recommend it to the sensitive reader. I was sent the second book in the trilogy, The Scorch Trials to read, and now I am counting down the hours until the kids go to bed so I can finish it. I need to know what happens and what is really going on. Only complaint is that I felt as lost as the characters into what was happening, but I guess that's half of the enjoyment I guess, just left me a little frustrated and thinking WTF at times. Now hubby leave me alone and kids go to bed, Momma wants to read -- this might be a late night 4.5 Dewey's I bought this from Chapters because I was intrigued with the storyline -- and read it now because I received the second book from Random House to review
Date published: 2011-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic This book was special. I had a hard time ever putting it down, especially for about the last 200 pages which I've read one shot in the middle of the night since I just couldn't. put. it. down. Seriously, and I cannot say this enough, this was recommended seeing as I was a fan of the The Hunger Games: Everyone who has enjoyed this series should also enjoy James Dashner's terrific work, although I have to say as similar as both topics are, the angle in which he realized the book was completely different. The plot twists and turns and you never really know how the hell the Gladers will resolve this Maze, or if they ever will. I will not say more because I don't want to spoil anybody's fun but, seriously, this book was one of my favourite readings in a long time.
Date published: 2011-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling! :D The twists, turns and the growth if the characters made The Maze Runner highly addicting. I couldn’t put it down. Something about this book is amazing. Hopefully it will get more recognition for its awesomeness. Loved it~
Date published: 2011-07-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fascinating Concept Falls A Little Short This teen-fiction debut from author James Dashner is an enjoyable sci-fi read, though it may not appeal to many young adults today. It starts with the male protagonist, Thomas, waking up in a dark elevator with no memories, save for his name. He cannot recall his family, his friends, or even how he came to his current location in the first place. Once the shaft takes him where it wants, he enters a mysterious world of terrifying boundaries. Known as the Glade, it is like a miniature universe on its own – confined by towering walls that reveal never-ending mazes during the day, and which move to close securely during the night. Beyond the maze, once the sun sets, poisonous slugs called “Grievers” prowl the corridors for anyone unlucky enough to have been locked out. There are other boys living in the Glade, all of which are bent on solving the maze and surviving on what they have in the meantime. However, shortly after Thomas’s arrival, the elevator delivers another “prisoner”, though she is the first girl to arrive. She carries with her an alarming, eerie message to be heeded by the rest of the Gladers. Once the clockwork of their little universe starts to break apart, the boys panic and are more desperate than ever to find a way out. Thomas, as a main character, is not very appealing. Of course, it may be too much to ask that he be strong and warrior-like in the face of the unknown. Nevertheless, his constant questions and inability to obey direct orders are, for the most part, quite irritating. He takes advantage of the fact that he is the “Newbie” and carelessly disregards certain laws that the Gladers have enforced to maintain order. Also, he doesn’t seem very invested in helping them find a way out, as he keeps many secrets to himself. This is very frustrating, because the Gladers might have known what to do with the information that Thomas was intent on hiding. At any rate, the Maze Runner is an intriguing, haunting sci-fi read. Its pace is slow, but the sheer creativity involved in the storyline more than compensates. It is almost like a futuristic version of ‘Lord of the Flies,’ with an added twist of fantasy. Unfortunately, teen consumers today will probably not be so interested in it, because it does not have the unrequited, forbidden love aspect to it. If anything, it is obvious that Thomas will eventually fall in love with Theresa – the one and only girl – perhaps in another book in the series. But, for now, at the most, she is just someone that he likes to talk to. For anyone who enjoys fictional books about solving puzzles, escaping emprisonment and avoiding slimy monsters, the Maze Runner is highly recommended. However, for Sarah Dessen fans and even Twilighters, the relationships in this novel will probably fall a little flat. In conclusion, the Maze Runner is an intriguing read with a mysterious backdrop. However, although it was a nice story, I don't feel particularly compelled to continue investing time into the series.
Date published: 2011-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Astonishing! I thought this was going to be boring at first because it just didn't connect at first. The idea is great, but the thought of puzzles muddled my thoughts. I heard so many great things about it, that I just took the chance. Immediately, I fell in love with the idea. The problems were smart, and the way how the Gladers had to keep seraching for a problem really got to me. It makes sense as those who truly are intelligent never give up when there's no reasonable answer.
Date published: 2011-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorite Books! :') So, last year when those book award thingies were going on at Chapters, I saw online a book that was in the Best Hero Section of 2011 ( I don't think it was a winner). I wasn't sure this would be a good book, because well.... Maze Runner? Are you serious. But, I was sick and tired of going to Chapters and seeing stupid vampire books or cheesy lovey dovey nonsense. So I told myself, let's just try this since lots of people are recommending it. BEST DECISION OF MY LLLLLLLLLLLIIIIIIIIFFFFFFFEEEEEE! I'm not going to go into details about the book since there are already so much other reviews... but honestly this book is THE BEST I've ever read in my teenage years. it's been awhile since i've read a good book and i can't even describe it. The only con was that in the beginning it was a bit slow as many other books. And of course ( SPOLIER ALERT), in the end when the main character saw one of his best buddies get shot in the Scientists Lab. Truly made me shed some tears. You see, I usually read books within a day but because of school this book took a while. However it still doesn't change how much i love it. I also love the second book, and I CAN"T WAIT FOR THE THIRD. I never had a favorite author until now ( Except for Robert Munsch, LOL... Elementray days!) Thanks James Dashner. P.S. I gave this book to my friend for her ISU on Books about Heroes, and she liked it! So this is great for any Book Report in general. So, what are you waiting for.... GO GET THE SERIES!
Date published: 2011-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very interesting I liked where the author was going with this one. Never trust what you see around you, the government isn't telling you everything. The ending left you on such a cliff hanger I have to go out and get the Scorch Trials
Date published: 2011-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Maze Runner by James Dashner -- Just like most of the other Gladers, Thomas woke up in a dark metal box – without any memories of his past life, or any idea where he was. But this is no news – once every month another boy is delivered to the Maze, and they have adjusted accordingly. But the day after Thomas arrives, the Box is occupied once again. By a girl. That isn’t the only thing that’s going to change in the Glade. As more and more piles onto Thomas’s shoulders, the more determined he is to find the pattern of the maze – and the closer he is to helping all of the Gladers find a way to escape. -- This book received a lot of positive reviews, and were nominated by the Teen Read Awards for having the Best Hero. I think that this novel should have been the winner! Thomas is a character that you can’t help admire as you continue reading through this book. His determination to solve the maze and his constant curiosity about everything around him made this book 10 times more fun to read. You feel his frustration and you hurt with him when he’s upset. The setting of the Glade, and the terrifying creatures called Grievers that roam outside the doors at night only add the mysterious ways of the Maze. As you slowly put together how everything works, you’re also secretly falling in love with every single aspect of the life in the Glade and the complete story. Holding a final battle worth re-reading and a hero that is hard to compare, James Dashner did an awesome job with The Maze Runner, and I can’t wait to read The Scorch Trials. Check out his website, (it has a cool opening thing, and a really fun maze game.)http://www.jamesdashner.com/ And I’ll give this one a 4/5. An awesome book! Later Cheese Graters, MRR
Date published: 2011-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Maze Runner This is a hard review to write because I’m not sure if I liked the book or not. Yeah, duh, that sounds stupid, but bear with me, haha. This book was good but for some reason, I just couldn’t get into it. I would get sucked into a part but once I stopped, it was hard to pick the book back up and start again. I know, that sounds stupid, obviously if I was into it I would want to continue reading it right? But I felt like I wasn’t connecting with the characters well and it made it hard to really enjoy the book. There was a reason for this though, the fact that the characters didn’t remember anything from their past made it hard to relate. This was part of the book, I guess. Another thing that made me reluctant to continue the book was the questions. I had so many questions. You would think that this would make me want to finish the book more, but there were too many things that I did not know, it confused me. By the middle, when hardly anything was figured out, I started to get a bit annoyed. Come on now, would I ever find anything out? Again, this is part of the book plot. Now don’t get me wrong, there were things I liked about the book too. The best thing about The Maze Runner was the thrill. There was never a dull moment and I read some parts nervous and cringing, which is always great. You never knew what was going to happen next, what terrible thing Thomas, the main character, would have to go through which is why, when I did start reading, I usually read big chunks at a time. I was eager to see what would happen and how Thomas would deal with it, because from the beginning of the book till the end, a lot of things happened. Both good and bad, and always exciting. Even though sometimes the characters annoyed me (but not all of them, there were a few that I did enjoy reading about, yay for Newt and Minho), the thrill of the book was what made me finish it. If you want a fast, exciting read, pick up The Maze Runner but if your looking for something more maybe this book is not right for you. However, that’s just my opinion, obviously because it’s my review. I have also heard many great things about this novel, so don't let this review discourage you from reading The Maze Runner. You’ll just have to check it out for yourself. 3/5…It was good. http://jaysbooksandotherthings.blogspot.com/
Date published: 2011-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I actually bought this book this past June but didn't get around to reading it until just before Christmas! Of course as soon as I finished reading it I had to go and buy the second book in the series in order to keep going with the story. It is an action packed mystery and I can't wait for the next installment!
Date published: 2010-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read For those adults who enjoy an easy but entertaining read, this book offers all that and more!
Date published: 2010-12-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great book for Teen Boys Pros: realistic teen male characters, positive reactions from teens under pressure Cons: frustrating plot Thomas wakes up in an elevator with no memory of his life. When the elevator stops, doors on the ceiling open and he's helped out by a group of boys living in the Glade, surrounded by a Maze. Once a month a new boy arrives and once a week supplies come up the elevator. The furthest back anyone remembers is two years. The day after Thomas arrives something unusual happens. The elevator opens again. This time, there's a girl inside. As I've mentioned in previous teen reviews, there are two types of kid/teen books. Those you read and appreciate only as a youth and those that are equally good when you're an adult. I'd put the Maze Runner in the first category. I'll start off with the positives, as my complaints contain spoilers to explain my points. This is a great book for teen boys. As a loner in school I can sympathize with Thomas, both in his desire to learn more of what's going on as well as his need to keep his own counsel on matters of importance. I especially liked how, despite the problems facing them, the boys set up a community that focuses on hard work and co-operation. Too often visions of boys in solitude show social break downs, pitting each one against the other or banding together in small violent groups (think: Lord of the Flies). In this book, when someone steps out of line they are dealt with. Violently. Not because the boys are incapable of other forms of justice (they have a jail cell) but because they can't afford the break down of order that could arise with rebellion or psychosis. In a tough situation they act with the good of the many in mind. And it works. The glade was well planned, with the inhabitants utilizing specialized vocabulary to explain their existence and the problems facing them. It also allowed the author to have the kids use realistic language without filling the book with curses, which I thought was clever. Now for the bad points - from an adult perspective. The Maze Runner is a book of questions. Thomas is teeming with them, and the reader is too. The problem is, no one knows the answers. While Thomas learns more about the glade and the maze, there's no one to answer the more important questions - what is the purpose of the glade/maze and why were these boys sent there. This is a series, with the idea that answers will be forthcoming in future books, but I found it frustrating that so little was revealed, even at the end of this book. The book depends heavily on repetition. Thomas mentions several times how odd it is that he has memories of a life - movies, school, etc. - but can't remember faces or names of people and places. Another aspect is the repetition of information. Someone would mention something and a few paragraphs later someone else would ask about it. And sometimes the information is contradictory. ***Potential Spoiler Alert (I'll make it as general as I can while explaining my point)*** At the end of the novel a group of characters try a risky plan to escape the maze. They have to reach a certain place and type in a code. Doing so turns off the Grievers - the monsters that inhabit the maze. They know this, but afterwards someone questions what might have happened to those who remained behind and the consensus is that the Grievers got them despite the fact that the Grievers were turned off by the code. ***End Spoiler Alert*** But my biggest complaint was that I never liked any of the boys. There was nothing wrong with them besides being a bit annoying at times. They were all three dimensional characters, with good points and bad points. Unfortunately, we only see them through Thomas' eyes. And as Thomas' opinions of them changed, waffling between liking them and hating them, so too did mine as a reader. It meant that when people started dying at the end, I didn't care. That always disturbs me. Fictional or not, if the author is doing a good job I should feel something when someone dies. Still, the book had enough positives that I'd recommend it for teen readers, if not necessarily their parents. The book has no sex, a little violence (mostly off screen) and lots of fake swearing.
Date published: 2010-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Maze Runner AMAZED me!! The Maze Runner blew me away! I picked it up not knowing what to expect at all and I was definitely happy with my choice. You are right away introduced to this whole new world through the perspective of a boy who remembers nothing about himself except that his name is Thomas. You know only how much Thomas knows throughout the whole book, and you want to keep reading as secrets are slowly revealed. It had me hooked right through until the end. I will for sure be getting the sequel the day it comes out. I recommend The Maze Runner for anyone looking for a page-turning series.
Date published: 2010-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good YA read! Another great read for fans of young adult novels. The first of a new series by James Dashner, the Maze Runner is full of suspense and action. The main characters are primarily boys and the story is told from the voice of Tom (a 16(ish) boy), so this would be a good choice if you are looking for a book for a teenaged boy...although it could definitely be enjoyed by many different ages and both genders! Although I did not enjoy it as much as Hunger Games, I believe most fans of that series will also enjoy this read. The ending was perfect as it wrapped up the first book well, but had a nice twist at the end that will leave you anxious to read the next in the series!
Date published: 2010-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A breath-taking book! I've been reading some of these Teen Read Nominees which is the reason I picked up The Maze Runner. And I am so glad I did as it is AMAZING. So much better than I expected. The author, James Dashner, created just the right amount of suspense that builds in the book and makes it a page-turner. I couldn't put it down. Vampire and werewolf free, this book starts off as Thomas enters a new world called The Glade.Thomas and around 50 other boys are trapped in a maze-like environment with their memories tampered with. Then a girl comes to The Glade for the first time and delivers a spine-tingling message: that everything is going to change. Their only way out is to solve the maze that surrounds them. The descriptions aren't very long. Just long enough so that you can feel, smell, hear what the characters feel, smell, and hear. I think that anyone would enjoy and I definitely recommend it! Can't wait for the sequel! :)
Date published: 2010-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from unpredictably amazing This....book.....is....amazing! It is refreshing to have a book that isn't about vampires, zombies, futuristic "utopias." It is something completly new and I loved it. One thing that I loved, and was annoyed with was that I couldn't predict what was going to happen like most books. I had no clue what was going to happpen. I like that, although it drove me crazy. This book is amazing and will one day be a classic. Let's just hope it doesn't get torn apart by English classes in the future.
Date published: 2010-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!! The Maze Runner was so amazing. There weren't long descriptions, the story was incredibly gripping, it was very well written. James Dashner created a whole new world where teens can dream and get lost in it. I think it's even more impressive because Dashner hasn't written many other teen books. I CANNOT wait for The Scorch Trials. As soon as I finished this book, I called up my best friend and BEGGED her to read it.
Date published: 2010-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Maze Runner "The Maze Runner" by James Dashner immediately grabs its readers and doesn't let go. Beginning with a mystery and ending in an even bigger puzzle, it reveals enough along the way to keep the reader intrigued while still wanting more With interesting characters and events, "The Maze Runner" has promised to be the first of an incredibly interesting trilogy.
Date published: 2010-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast-paced thriller for teens Anyone looking for fresh young reader fiction that has no wizards or vampires can start right here. Dashner has written a gripping story of a strange place where teen boys have been left to fend for themselves inside a maze. To make matters worse, these kids are hunted every night by Grievers if they are left in the maze corridors past sunset. Although a very suspenseful story, Dashner does have some inconsistencies such as the characters remembering things about their previous lives although they are supposedly mind-wiped on arrival at the Glade. His characters are solid and interesting and this really makes the story come together. Loved the twisted ending too. Apparently this is the first volume of a series (I didn't find this out until I finished the book). I can't wait for the next book.
Date published: 2010-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well Done! as soon as I read the first page of this thriller I was hooked! This book is not only thrilling which is the number one quality i look in a book it is perfectly paced which makes it even more enjoyable. I am really looking forward for the sequel coming out in october. all i can say is well done James Dashner and I can't wait until October!
Date published: 2010-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very enjoyable read This book was highly entertaining right from the start. Although the concept wasn't particularly original, the story definitely was. There could of been a little more development of the supporting characters, especially the girl. But overall, I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the adventure continuing in The Scorch Trials (release date Oct 12, 2010)
Date published: 2010-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathless to the final page! This is absolutely stunning. The writing is creative and well done. The author had me speaking like one of his characters; I find myself saying "Good that!" every now and again. You will without a doubt become hooked on this book and the complex, original world Dashner creates. PLEASE read!
Date published: 2010-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must-Read! What I really liked about this book was that at the start you can already get a feel for the situation and experience what the main character is experiencing, which is what makes this novel work and likable. Right from the moment when Thomas wakes up in this strange place called The Glade, you feel as if you are right there beside him! In the story, The Gladers have their own slang/language which is sort of odd to Thomas and us, the readers, at first. But as you go on, it's not as daunting as it was in the beginning and you get used to the slang, just like Thomas! Although there is an aspect of violence in this novel, it is very well written in such a way that it's not too detailed and omitted in certain places. It definitely reminded me of "Battle Royale" (by Kouchun Takami), but with less violence. I would recommend this for anyone over the age of 15 and is suitable for both guys and girls. Cannot wait for part #2!! ~ ENJOY ♥
Date published: 2010-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hunger Games, Watch Out! This was another book I picked up on a whim. And man do I NOT regret it! I finished reading it in about a day and I found myself having a really hard time putting it down. Dashner has you guessing throughout the entire novel. From beginning to end, I grew frustrated, annoyed and anxious! I think I felt worse than Thomas did. Dashner has an amazing way of keeping you hooked and dieing to know more about this strange world he creates. All the characters are absolutely amazing and strange (in a good way!). I loved the idea of the maze and the creepy crawlies that Dashner invented; it certainly has a bit of a thriller aspect to it and to know that this was only a start to a series, I must say, I'm so excited for any sequel :) I don't think there was a single thing I didn't enjoy about this novel and I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for something that doesn't have anything to do with vampires but is equally, and perhaps even MORE, thrilling. Seriously, if you loved the Hunger Games, this is definitely something you should consider picking up.
Date published: 2010-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW This was a stunner of a book. The day after Thomas arrives in the Box things in the Glade start to change. The first girl arrives in the Glade in two years, with a dire warning. Everything is about to change and she is the last person to arrive in the Box, ever. All Thomas knows is that he is meant to be a Runner and that the girl seems familiar...too bad she's in a coma. This book kept me guessing throughout, and on the edge of my seat...The mysteries and secrets just seemed to keep growing and each answer just led to more and more questions. But the first book was wrapped up well, and set up the beginning of the next book in the series. I really really recommend this book.
Date published: 2009-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Thrill from Beginning to End I was recommended this book and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. It was kind of like The Hunger Games (Collins) and Gone (Grant) thrown together. The story follows Thomas who finds himself lifted into a large area called the Glade with none of his memories except his first name. There he meets a group of teen boys who call themselves the Gladers and welcomes him to their world. They, too, can't remember a thing from their past, but some of them have been in the Glade for over two years. The Gladers speak differently, using words like, "klunk", "shuck" and "shank". They explain to Thomas what happens in the Glade: Every month, a new boy arrives from the Box. And every morning, the Doors of the Glade open and reveal the Maze. Every night at the same time, all four Doors close, shutting off the Gladers and the Greivers--malicious monsters that live in the maze. The maze's route changes every night, and the Gladers have yet to find a pattern to lead them out of the Maze. The Gladers have built up a community in the Glade, distributing jobs for everyone to do. There are those who farm, those who work in the kitchen, and those who work with the animals. But the job that interests Thomas the most are the Runners. They are the kids who spend their whole day running through the Maze, trying to find a way out. When they get back to the Glade at the end of the day, they immediately run to the Map Room and draw out the whole course they ran and compare it to the other days as they try to find a pattern that will help them escape life in the Glade. However, things hardly ever go smoothly. The day after Thomas's arrival, the Box opens again to reveal another person. But to all the Gladers' amazement, it's an unconscious girl. However, the girl, Teresa, has a deadly message that will start a long line of chain reactions. Together, Thomas, Teresa, and his fellow Gladers try to decipher the Creator's clues and escape their new life without getting killed by the Greivers. But is their destination really worth the fight? An amazing read! I couldn't stop reading; it was just so addicting. Dashner kept you hooked right from the beginning and never loosened his grip on you. Fast-paced, funny, and exciting adventures will leave you panting for the sequel!
Date published: 2009-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In-freakin-credible!!!!! Good luck putting this book down...once I started I was absolutely hooked. The suspense leaves you grasping this book until no end; The secrets and the mystery behind the plot makes the book exciting and thrilling. The action starts at the first page, as Thomas wakes up remembering nothing but his name and is now being lifted in a strange elevator... Thomas awakes and finds himself surrounded by a group of boys, who welcome him to this new world, The Glade. They are all Gladers, some having just arrived a while ago and some who have been in The Glade for 2 years. Once a month a boy is lifted up by the small elevator, through the box, everyone arrives remembering absolutley nothing about themselves but their names. There are jobs that you are to be assigned to, the boys are tested to determine what job they do the best, one being a Maze Runner; an extremely dangerous job of running outside of the massive brick walls that surround The Glade and entering the maze, where there are corridors, different paths, and Grievers...deadly monsters that can kill you and also sting you..causing you to have The Change, giving you your memories back briefly. Thomas has a distinct feeling that he must be a Maze Runner, it is a deadly but important task; The Maze Runners run in the Maze looking for a way out of The Glade, they record the routes and determine if there is a pattern change from day to day. The brick walls open in the morning, and close at night...get stuck behind the wall during the night, and you'll be fighting for your lives against the Grievers. Thomas meets new people and tries to understand everything there is to know about the Glade, but things get weirder after his arrival. A girl arrives through the elevator, with a strange message. Secrets are revealed and The Glade gets more dangerous...They have to find a way to solve the maze and get out of The Glade before things get worse...The Maze Runners enter the maze knowing that this could be the end, or that they can find the end of this horrible world... This book was amazing!!!! I absolutely, positively recommend this book without a doubt. It's intense, full of action and has awesome characters. The whole idea of this book is brilliant and unlike anything I've ever read before. I cannot wait to read the sequel and see what happens next in this thrilling adventure!...
Date published: 2009-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grabs you from the first line and keeps you guessing to the last! I loved this book. Non-stop action! Keeps you guessing from the first line to the last. Could not put the book down! Can't wait for book two of the trilogy. When you read it, let me know what you think. Enjoy!
Date published: 2009-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's a 'Can't Put Down' - 'Keeps You Guessing' exciting read! I loved this book. It was none stop action. I couldn't put it down. It kept me guessing right up to the last page and left me wanting more. I highly recommend this book!
Date published: 2009-10-12

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The Maze Runner (maze Runner, Book One)

by James Dashner

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.38 × 5.88 × 0.78 in

Published: August 24, 2010

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385737955

ISBN - 13: 9780385737951

About the Book

When Thomas wakes up, he's surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade. Just like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they got there. The next day, a girl arrives with a surprising message.

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Chapter 1 He began his new life standing up, surrounded by cold darkness and stale, dusty air. Metal ground against metal; a lurching shudder shook the floor beneath him. He fell down at the sudden movement and shuffled backward on his hands and feet, drops of sweat beading on his forehead despite the cool air. His back struck a hard metal wall; he slid along it until he hit the corner of the room. Sinking to the floor, he pulled his legs up tight against his body, hoping his eyes would soon adjust to the darkness. With another jolt, the room jerked upward like an old lift in a mine shaft. Harsh sounds of chains and pulleys, like the workings of an ancient steel factory, echoed through the room, bouncing off the walls with a hollow, tinny whine. The lightless elevator swayed back and forth as it ascended, turning the boy''s stomach sour with nausea; a smell like burnt oil invaded his senses, making him feel worse. He wanted to cry, but no tears came; he could only sit there, alone, waiting. My name is Thomas, he thought. That... that was the only thing he could remember about his life. He didn''t understand how this could be possible. His mind functioned without flaw, trying to calculate his surroundings and predicament. Knowledge flooded his thoughts, facts and images, memories and details of the world and how it works. He pictured snow on trees, running down a leaf-strewn road, eating a hamburger, the moon casting a pale glow on a grassy meadow, swimming in a lake, a busy c
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From the Publisher

Read the first book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent. The Maze Runner is now a major motion picture featuring the star of MTV''s Teen Wolf, Dylan O’Brien; Kaya Scodelario; Aml Ameen; Will Poulter; and Thomas Brodie-Sangster and the second book, The Scorch Trials, is soon to be a movie, hitting theaters September 18, 2015! Also look for James Dashner’s newest novels, The Eye of Minds and The Rule of Thoughts, the first two books in the Mortality Doctrine series.
 
If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.
 
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.
 
Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.
 
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.
 
Everything is going to change.
 
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
 
Remember. Survive. Run.

Praise for the Maze Runner series:

 
"[A] mysterious survival saga that passionate fans describe as a fusion of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and Lost."—EW.com
 
“Wonderful action writing—fast-paced…but smart and well observed.”—Newsday
 
“[A] nail-biting must-read.”—Seventeen.com

“Breathless, cinematic action.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“Heart-pounding to the very last moment.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“Exclamation-worthy.”—Romantic Times
 
[STAR] “James Dashner’s illuminating prequel [The Kill Order] will thrill fans of this Maze Runner [series] and prove just as exciting for readers new to the series.”—Shelf Awareness, Starred


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About the Author

James Dashner is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series: The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, and The Kill Order, as well as The Eye of Minds and The Rule of Thoughts, the first two books in the Mortality Doctrine series. Dashner was born and raised in Georgia, but now lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains. To learn more about James and his books, visit JamesDashner.com, follow @jamesdashner on Twitter, and find dashnerjames on Instagram.




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Editorial Reviews

Praise for the Maze Runner series:
 
A #1 New York Times Bestselling Series
A USA Today Bestseller
A Book Sense Bestseller
An Indie Next List Selection
A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of the Year
An ALA-YASLA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book
An ALA-YALSA Quick Pick
 
"[A] mysterious survival saga that passionate fans describe as a fusion of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and Lost."—EW.com
 
“Wonderful action-writing—fast-paced…but smart and well observed.”—Newsday

“[A] nail-biting must-read.”—Seventeen.com

“Breathless, cinematic action.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“Heart pounding to the very last moment.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“Exclamation-worthy.”—Romantic Times
 
* “James Dashner’s illuminating prequel [The Kill Order] will thrill fans of this Maze Runner [series] and prove just as exciting for readers new to the series.”—Shelf Awareness, Starred
 
“Take a deep breath before you start any James Dashner book.”—Deseret News


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Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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