The Maze Runner (maze Runner, Book One): Book One by James DashnerThe Maze Runner (maze Runner, Book One): Book One by James Dashner

The Maze Runner (maze Runner, Book One): Book One

byJames Dashner

Paperback | August 24, 2010

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Book one in the blockbuster Maze Runner series that spawned a movie franchise and ushered in a worldwide phenomenon! And don’t miss The Fever Code, the highly-anticipated series conclusion that finally reveals the story of how the maze was built!
 
   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.
   Outside the towering stone walls that surround them is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.
   Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying: Remember. Survive. Run.

The Maze Runner and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials are now major motion pictures featuring the star of MTV's Teen Wolf, Dylan O’Brien; Kaya Scodelario; Aml Ameen; Will Poulter; and Thomas Brodie-Sangster. The third movie, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, will hit screens in 2018.
 
Also look for James Dashner’s edge-of-your-seat MORTALITY DOCTRINE series!

Praise for the Maze Runner series:

A #1 New York Times Bestselling Series
USA Today Bestseller
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 FliesThe 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


From the Hardcover edition.
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...
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Title:The Maze Runner (maze Runner, Book One): Book OneFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8.31 × 5.56 × 0.84 inPublished:August 24, 2010Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385737955

ISBN - 13:9780385737951

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 by from Underwhelming. I didn't find this to be a compelling read. It was ok.
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read I loved this! So interesting and exciting, and such a super cool concept. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you ain't scared, you ain't human. James Dashner is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors, and it all started with this one book. At first, I only wanted to read this book because of Dylan O'Brien starring in The Maze Runner movie, however, I quickly developed a liking to this book. It's full of action and adventure, and a whole lot of mystery as to how they got in the maze. You really get to know and love the characters, which can be a good thing or bad thing, depends on how attached you get to a character. Overall, this book is a great start to an amazing series.
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping plot and likeable characters I was completely enthralled by this book. The post-apocalyptic world James Dashner creates almost rivals that of Suzanne Collins. Wiping the memories of adolescent boys and putting them in the center of a giant maze to fend for themselves and find their way out is just as unthinkable as The Hunger Games. Thomas is a great protagonist: curious, brave, impulsive, and loyal. We learn everything about the interesting social order of the Maze at the same time as him. A gripping plot and likeable characters make for an exciting read!
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Story This was a very good read. It grabbed you from the beginning and left you wanting more.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excitement for All Ages I watched the movie before reading the book (unfortunately) but the book delivered even when knowing what was coming up next. Interesting plot and unique! I also enjoyed the short chapters so I could finish the whole chapter before falling asleep at night.
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay... I feel that this book was wayyyyyy over hyped. Im glad that I got to read this book when it came out but the way it was written wasn't really my style. The story is nice in a general understanding but I have passion for reading and get to experience a lot of different styles of writing along with the different and unique stories, personally this book wasn't for me
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love ut Such a great book, its life you're living in the crazy place they are and its very intense and always has you on you're toes.
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting story Started this series after reading the hunger games. I don't like it as much as the hunger games but it keeps you reading to find out what's going on.
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story! I loved the concept of this dystopian future... Really original and fun at the same time! Fell in love with the characters and... way better than the movie! But what book isn't... :)
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from fun really enjoyed this - great read
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Kept me on my seat the whole time while reading it and I felt I was able to really feel a connection with the characters.
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read This book was a great read and it was hard to set the book down. The characters developed as the plot went on and the plot itself was a great idea, which made the book so captivating. This sort of storyline, a dystopian society shrouded with mystery, is very popular and it's great that this idea was is so unique when there are so many dystopian-based books available to select from.
Date published: 2017-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I watched the movie first which was a good idea as like usual, the book is always better. The first novel in the series sets up the an adventure mystery in a dystopian apocalyptic future. Definitely recommend.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read I got into this book right away. It took me a while to read since I was in school, but I used all my free time to read this as I couldn't stop thinking about what would happen next.
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! I was wary to read this because I had heard mixed thing, but I definitely enjoyed it. I need to watch the movie now!
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Entertaining Enough This book is entertaining enough, but not particularly well written even for a YA novel. I would recommend skipping this particular book and going straight to the film.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from hooked gripping story. a great book for school reading! if you have to do journal entries or whatever else your english teacher makes you do, this is an awesome book for that!
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read One of my favourites! Such a great series
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I adore this book. I read this book when I was in high school and I just fell in love. It was the first thing that I ever read in highschool and it's what made me such a Book nerd nowadays. if you haven't read it, then you must. seriously, check it out...
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Action packed! Loved this book! It was a great read with very interesting characters with great story/character development.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved It This was a great read but I honestly found it very scary. I'm kind of a whimp when it comes to horror and I'm not kidding when I say I had nightmares because of this book. I also have a very vivid imagination so that probably didn't help. Even with the nightmares tho I loved this book!
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great series A great series for fans of dystopian type stories. Good plot twists through out the series and an easy to read along writing style.
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great plot! This was a fantastic book! The suspense throughout the entire book kept me reading all day and into the nights. It has a very unique storyline. This book has manytwists and turns, and will leave you with more questions than answers when it is finished. I can hardly wait to read the next book! I would definately recommend this book to people who enjoyed Divergent by Victoria Ross, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, or Blood Red Road by Moira Young. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book I really liked the story, but the writing was a little slow and wasn't really a fan of the characters
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't put it down! I read this book in 2 days! It is action packed and pulls you into the story with an amazing storyline and great detail. The ending is just!!!!! I am amazed by this book and will never get tired of reading it over and over again.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing and mysterious The first book of this series is the best, mysterious and leaving you wanting to find out more, and a suspenseful ending
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book. James Dashner's imagination is outstanding, I think this world that he is created is brilliant and it made for an equally brilliant story.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh The writing was okay but the plot felt unoriginal and "done before". Also I didn't really feel like I connected with any of the characters
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Was expecting more The concept is good, but I feel like it was slow when reading.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read This book is awesome! No doubt about it. It'll keep you on your toes and you'll be wanting to read more, and more, and more! (That's why there are 5 books haha) Cool storyline and scenario of Earth's possible future! Read this book!!!
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! This is a fantastic book, very well written, keeps you engaged and makes you want to get your hands on the next book in the series ASAP!
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Recommend The movie and the book are amazing! A very entertaining story. Kept me on my seat.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting plot WAYYYYY better then the movie. I enjoyed the whole idea of the maze and characters personalities are great!
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not the best writing, but interesting plot. I really wanted to love Maze Runner because the premise was interesting and I like that kind of book, but sadly, I found the writing somewhat lacking. There are a number of tendencies in the writing that annoyed me, I found the characters somewhat one-dimensional, and certain elements of the plot seemed either unnecessary or not quite fully formed. However, the truth is I couldn't stop halfway through, despite the weaker writing. The plot is interesting and fast-paced, and I wanted answers to questions through out. If you are curious, this book is maybe worth a read, but for me, not worth keeping a copy.
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The first time I have preferred the movie over the book An interesting concept bogged down by a poor writing style. You feel nothing when you witness the death of a main character at the end because he is simply one of a slew of generic characters that unsuccessfully attempt to put a beating heart into this novel. Additionally, I found myself more and more annoyed by Dashner's insistence on using made-up words to make his novel more PG. By all means, use dumb words like greeneies and gladers, but if you want to use language, don't just change the first two letters of a word to 'sh' in hopes that kids won't know what you are talking about. This may be the first book I have read where I felt the movie improved on the story by removing some of Dashner's shortcomings.
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mystery Sci-Fi I love all of the mystery and suspense in this book. It's a page turner. Even my non-reader friends loved this book. Amazing!
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good read Thought it was an entertaining story kept me reading the hole series.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from thumbs up this book (although not my favorite dystopian) was still very well written. i highly recommend for fans of the hunger games and divergent
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Writing is less than a-maze-ing Although the story line itself is compelling, the writing in this book leaves a lot to be desired, particularly in the first half. Perhaps, Dashner was attempting to use stilted language to reflect the sense of shock experienced by Thomas. I found the colloquial language tiresome after a while. However, that didn't stop me from reading the rest of the series in order to peel back the layers of this story - like traveling through a maze.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this The movie was amazing and the book was amazing too!
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable read I was attracted to this book by the movie trailer. For the beginning chapters, I almost thought I had made the wrong decision. At the beginning, the characters appeared to be unclear and confused. Don't lose heart! I was so glad that I read on. The story got more and more exciting and intriguing, with characters taking on different lives of their own. Scenes and images became vivid complementing the quickened plot. I couldn't stop myself and jumped into book two right after. A good find. I enjoyed this book; I have high hope for the whole series.
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good book Great book, fast read, I liked it much better than the movies
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A series that quickly goes down hill Starts off as a good series but the following books soon ruin that.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!!! The book storyline is slightly different then the movie but still equally interesting
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Maze Runner I did not know how I would feel about a male narrator, but I loved it. I like how they all cannot remember.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this I was surprised at how much these books hooked me in and kept me interested the entire time! Every chapter literally ends with a cliff hanger and you just can't put it down.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Before i was even halfway through this book, i had to go online and order the next ones! The characters were amazing and it was so full of suspense!
Date published: 2017-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth Reading! A good book to read. The ending is a bit confusing, but worth the read.
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressed I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. Different enough to not seem like the same thing.
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from really good it was a nice fast and nice read
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great book I really enjoyed this book, was much better than the movies
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Entertaining World Building: great /Characters: good /Romance: not really /Pace: great /Feels: sort of /Able to put down: hardly /Worth the read: sure
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was ...okay. Maybe I was expecting too much from this book because of the over hype. But I had read this book looking for another dystopian like the Hunger Games and Divergent. It wasn't all that attention grabbing to me. There were parts that were boring and the rest was just okay.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable read Overall a good book and I would read it again. It is fast paced and keeps you guessing. My only complaint is kind of the underlying reasoning as to how they time the whole story together.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! Really good read and really fast paced! If you loved the Hunger Games you will love this
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling! Such a fun and exciting read! I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Series! This book was an easy and interesting read. I really liked the length of the chapters. Author kept things exciting throughout the whole book.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Really good book, it was very intense, mysterious, and there was always something going on.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I loved this book and this series. Lots of twist and turns
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed the book The movie however ruined it for me!
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK Exciting but juvenile. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Much better than I expected! I was very surprised by this book - James Dashner is a great writer and he really keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole way through the book! If you like the dystopian genre, I would say this is one of the better books you'll find out there.
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good. I defiantly enjoyed reading this book.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Concept This was an interesting book to read, the concept is interesting and all of the characters are able to have some development even with a lack of memories. My one criticism though is that the ending just alludes to this series being like every other YA series coming out right now, they have to defeat the evil dystopian government because these teenagers are the only ones who can do so.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Maze Runner I only read this book after seeing the movie and I really love the story line that you didn't get to see in the movies and learning more about my favorite characters. This book has a really interesting plot. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyed this series I liked this book, although a bit too dystopian for me.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read, Love the book and its characters. Such a great idea for a book.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love i read this book in school and i had to go and get it again! such an amazing book
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The book is better than the movie James Dashner writes some amazing characters in this book, I think they were my favourite part of reading the Maze Runner. If you plan on watching the movie definitely read the book first! It is way better.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from classic dystopian This is a post apocalyptic style dystopian. Really enjoyed it, the movie is awesome too!
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Good This book is well written and puts a great plot twist on a post apocalyptic book!
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my Favourites! This book is for sure one of my favourites. It is well written and catches the reader's interest very quickly. I could not put this book down. A very good read!
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Maze Runner This was an excellent series, well written and captivating. I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read I liked this book a lot, I read it in one sitting I was so into it. Even better than the movie.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good I think the movie makes it more clearer but a good read.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It was Okay The Maze Runner is a novel with a fantastic plot, but I found myself getting alittle bored and confused in some places. However in other places I couldn't put the book down. The volcabulary used adds detail but too much of it gets boring.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Book was hard to put down. I didn't get these books until I saw an add for the first movie in the series. Book was slow at first, but picked up speed as it carried on. The next three books were an easy purchase, and I was happy that I didn't have to wait for the next book in the series.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing First Book This is the best book to hook you into a series... The moment you are done, you will seek out the Scorch Trials to find out what happens to this little group.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh This book was recommended to me by many friends, and when I read it, it was a bit of a let down. But lots of colorful language spiced it up a bit. Just a bit. Also, like the previous reviews, this book is a bit overrated.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from as expected This book was as good as I heard it was. Kept me interested
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Story line! The story line was what got me hooked and how big it was. James Dashner sure didn't make it easy for those boys and Theresa to try to find their way out! It had amazing character development and was relatable too to the main character, Thomas. The book made me fall in love with some characters, and despise others.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! Gripping and had me at the edge of my seat the whole time! Greatly recommend this read!
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good writer doesn't give it all away The story starts off with the main character being introduced into his world just we the reader always are. In other stories our character has a good understanding of what their world is- but now the character experiences just as we do what it's like to enter an unfamiliar world. Though its definetly not as dramatic- or terrifying. Dashner is good at keeping secrets and jumping us with crazy scares, the story twists and turns - and I found it unpredictable - but I was hooked. Not just this book but the entire series. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A bit horrific I read the series and while I liked it at the time, in retrospect, I find this book and the series it's part of to be kind of macabre. The plot isn't that bad. I would not recommend it to people under 15.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Overrated It's a good story overall, but I feel like it's too overrated.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! Suspensful, thrilling, this book was so good I read it in one sitting. Although the rest of the series was not quite as good, I still liked reading it.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great story, Mediocre writing I wanted to love this book, and I did love the story. It was interesting and exciting, but the writing style of the author was quite off-putting for me. One minute, Thomas is SUPER angry and then literally in the next sentence, he calms down and is totally normal again... I need more developed characters and writing style than that :( Despite that, the story is still good, so I would still recommend trying it out
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite!! I tend to lean toward books that are fast paced and this gave me just that. From the very beginning you are brought to a world you know nothing about, what's more intriguing than that? I got completely sucked into the book wanting to find out what would happen next. It has great concepts and plot development, and James Dashner's writing was easy to read and yet gave me so much insight on the setting and allowed me to develop them in my head clearly. There was a never a dull moment as I was reading these books. Lastly, the characters are very likeable, I got attached to them easily.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very edgy Good book to read when ready for an adventure!
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gripping start! I couldn't put this book down. Amazing ride all the way to the end!
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book Took awhile to get going for me but once you're there is hard to put down.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect! This book was absolutely amazing. I love the characters and their personality, I could not get enough. I ended up buying the entire series becuase of how much I love this book.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This was an amazing adventure! I purchased this book a while ago and once I picked it up I loved it. I will say I found the beginning a little slow because you couldn't really understand what was happening however the first page the very fist sentence is gripping and I need that in a first sentence to spark my interest. You got to see through this book WICKED unfold and you only understood what was happening once the characters figured it out which gave it a very enjoyable sense of mystery.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast paced Very enjoyable story. It's a page turner.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The book that got me reading This is the series that got me into reading a few years back and I am so greatful for that! I have such an emotional attachment to all of the characters, thank you James!
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read. Very compelling and easy to get through. Love this author, the entire series is amazing! I bought the box set.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best from the series I think this is the best book from this series, I could re read it that's how good it is
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Maze Runner I started a book club with my son (11) in an effort to get him to expand on his ideas and hopefully translate that to doing better on school projects. The first book he choose was The Maze Runner. We both loved it. He actually was way more into this book than I expected. The story is fast paced and interesting with a great cliffhanger to get you into the next book.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing James Dasher did an amazing job writing this book. I could picture the entire story in my mind as i read each and every word. If you like to picture what you are reading this is for you!
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow All I can say is that you need to read tis book. It's fast paced with an awesome plot and so many characters to fall in love with. The movies are good but the book is better (obviously), so read the book first.
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best book I have ever read I am so happy I bought this book. It is truly amazing. It's full of suspense and action while still having an amazing story line to follow. The movies really don't do this book justice. I preferred the book over the movie.
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE I will never get over how much I love this series. You have to read it at least once though but not recommended at night.
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This was such a good book. So glad I read it!
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very good I loved this book. Devoured it in a day.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So Interesting This was such a gripping book. Action from start to finish and originality on every page. Easily the best in the series.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read! My brother actually read and loved this series, and he hates reading! It was so full of adventure and the writing was excellent.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Interesting I really enjoyed this book, as it featured a concept that have never been explored before. It was really interesting.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great A pretty good read and great concept of the maze. Liked it from start to finish.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Compelling start to the series I was hooked from the beginning of this book - why are they in the maze? Who is keeping them there? Giving this book three stars because ultimately I was disappointed with the reveal - but the journey to get there was exciting.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from JUST AS GOOD AS THE MOVIE the book is well written. so descriptive, interesting.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Didn't enjoy this at all I bought the books because everyone was saying how great they are, but I just can't get past the style of writing that it is. To make matters worse I don't find it all that interesting to be able to look past the style of writing.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stellar! This book is amazing! I was intrigued the whole time!
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Next read Just bought the series, can't wait to start reading #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining Great book, always had me on my toes
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining new adventure Entertaining book. Scary and really strange but a riveting read. This book reminded me of a blend of Hunger Games and Lord of the Flies in a dystopian world. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book I enjoyed this book. The concept was great, but the characters not so much. I found it irritating because the story was slow moving and there wasn't even a character you rooted for, making reading the book a long and boring activity. In the first book, it is not so bad, but if you intend on reading the rest of the series, where the interesting concept of the maze doesn't apply anymore, be aware that it might be a painful task. But, again, the first book was great and entertaining, just not the rest of the series.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it! This was such an amazing read. I absolutely loved the character development, the plot, the dialogue. Everything was so fun to read and I got lost in the story. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty Good Great start to a great series.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite! One of my favorite series!
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! Great first book with a unique concept!
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! I thought it was a good read
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Great start to the series, still mt favourite out of them.
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Book The Maze Runner was a great read! It was mysterious and pretty creepy at times! Much better than the movie, I would recommend reading before watching for sure. Definitely one of the better books in the series, though I would find it hard to stop reading without finishing the series to find out all the answers!#plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book! Read it before seeing the movie. I hear this is really the only one in the series worth reading so I haven't read any of the other books. This one wasn't too bad.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great concept, poor execution LOVED the idea, the book was no better than ok. really, this is the only book in the series worth reading.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining and riveting read. Entertaining book. Scary and really strange but a riveting read. This book reminded me of a blend of Hunger Games and Lord of the Flies in a dystopian world. Although there is not very much character development, the plot made this into an interesting thriller dytopian fantasy. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from could not put this book down. i finished this book in a week. i needed to know what happen at the end. if you are looking for a fast pasted book the maze runner is good.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Average read Lacks a concrete plot to get behind.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good It a good book but at times confusing and boring.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from meh I read this after hearing all the hype, and I was rather disappointing. That being said I don't think I am the target audience so I understand why other people may really like it while I do not. I don't think I will continue reading this series but don't let that put you off if this sounds interesting to you!
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from really enjoyed this I wanted to know more after reading the kill order and when i started this one boy was i glad it was hard to put down
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good! Great example of dystopian writing. It's fun figuring out what is actually going on. Great start to the series, you definitely want to read the rest and see how the story ends!
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was good It is what it is. It's entertaining and well written with a good idea.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting read I didn't love this book, but it's a good introduction to the series and this new world.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nah.......... I tried to read this book so many times. Failed. I ended up returning it because I really couldn't bear having an unread book on my shelf to remind me of my failure!! :((
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exposure to Sci-Fi I remember the first time I read this in elementary school. At that time I loved reading the horror novels, to mysteries, to candy apple books. Exploring the world of science fiction never appealed to me, however our librarian told us the synopsis of the book and I decided to pick it up. And to this day, it is one of my favourite series even though 5 years has passed. The world was beautifully sculpted and Dashner did not miss a single detail that made me question anything. He backed up everything he wrote. His characters were dynamic and I felt connected to them. LOVE.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfection Exciting. Interesting. Amazing. Ten times better then the movie.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super It took me a while to get going on this book but once you get into it you will love it! The movie is quite good too.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Cool world, not enough time in it I think a lot of authors these days build a really amazing and unique world but cop out on it too early. I think the author could have easily spent an entire novel exploring the world of the maze and creating realistic problems from that. A second novel should have dealt with the problems of the second half of this book. It felt too rushed and the world, as result, felt half-finished. Because I wasn't ready to leave the world, the rest of the novel kind of fell flat and I didn't really care about the events of the second half of the book.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good read.. Read this in g.5 and still remember the story 3 years later.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked It!! #plumrewards. The book was good
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not My Favourite When going into this book I heard so many positive reviews on this book but for me, I wasn't a huge fan. I wasn't a big fan of the way James Dashner told the story in almost a journal fashion. I really like the plot, the characters but I just wasn't a fan on the way he presented it. I would recommend this book to young boys looking to get into a fun adventure series.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great read! It's an awesome book with awesome characters (minus like two or three who were horrible).
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Good story lots of action, loved it!!
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Put it Down This was a horrible book. Please do yourself a favor and distance yourself from it as much as possible. Annoying unrelatable characters, horrible slang, and it gives you a disgusting uncomfortable feeling at the pit of your stomach. James Dashner brings nothing new or interesting to the table, and fails to create an interesting story.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this! This book was aMAZEing!! I enjoyed experiencing this new world with Thomas. I had to push myself for the first half of the book but it soon became fast pacing and thrilling to read. It was filled with surprises with its unexpected turns! Very very creative storyline!
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good! I really enjoyed this book!
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spectacular! I first read this for a novel study in my English class a couple of years back. I was enamoured by it. I read the book and finished the novel study within a week and got an A, even though it was due in a month. I then, rushed to buy the box set and binge read the whole series, discluding 'The Fever Code' that only came out recently.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Exciting This book was a great read - It kept you guessing after every page. I really enjoy James Dashner as an author and will definitely look out for more of his books.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was good great concept but writting isnt great
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I found the writing in the books a little difficult to follow but the story was too good to stop reading.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well Written Book! Excellent plot with twists after twists.
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 5 hours of my life that I can't have back. I love YA dystopian fiction as a genre. Love it. However, this was one of he most poorly written pieces of fiction I've ever picked up. The slang that the characters used was distracting and annoying. Plot 'twists' were extremely convenient and seemed to point to the author not knowing how to move the story along. I wish I had listened to my gut and put it down after the first chapter so I could have moved on to something more enjoyable. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book was amazing! I needed a book to read while I was away so i bought this book! What a read! When I got home I went back and bought the whole series, I'm hooked!
Date published: 2016-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Incredible! I found I had a little bit of trouble getting into it initially but once I did I fell in love. The characters are all well developed, I continued onto reading the whole series and would read it all again!
Date published: 2015-10-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Will a group of teenagers be able to escape the Maze? 16-year-old Thomas wakes up in a dark elevator, and the only thing he remembers is his first name. When the doors open, a group of boys is staring at him, but they refuse to give him any information on where they are. Eventually, Thomas finds out that they live in the Glade, at the center of a maze. Some of the boys have been there for up to 2 years, and they’ve managed to survive thanks to a vegetable garden, an orchard, animals and the occasional delivery of supplies in the Box — the elevator. The Maze is open during the day, but at night doors close to seal the Glade from the labyrinth where walls move and Grievers roam. Then, one day, an unconscious girl arrives in the Box clutching a note saying that she is the last one. Why are the teenagers in the Glade? Who put them there? Can the Maze be solved? This is book 1 of the Maze Runner series which has 4 installments. The series targets the young adult market, but a more mature audience can certainly enjoy it as well. The story, written in the third person from the point of view of Thomas, is compelling and fast-paced. In addition, the dystopian world created by James Dashner is believable and well thought out. Cut from the outside, the Gladers develop their own vocabulary and create their own society in order to survive. Each person has a role: leader, farmer, cook, cleaner, medic, etc. The Glade is a very scary place though, and its inhabitants have to fight to stay alive. They still hope that, one day, they will be able to escape from the Maze. If you have seen the movie, you will quickly realize that a lot more is happening in the book, and it is definitely worth taking the time to read it. However, I thought that the text was sometimes a bit repetitive. For example, Thomas says several times that he has general memories but cannot remember his family, his friends or his life before coming to the Maze. On the whole though, I think that readers who loved The Hunger Games and Divergent will most likely enjoy this series. Please go to my blog, Cecile Sune - Bookobsessed, if you would like to read more reviews or discover fun facts about books and authors.
Date published: 2015-10-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good. I liked the book, though I think the movie was better, to be honest. Still a pretty good book, definetly a must read if you like the post-apocalyptic, futuristic vibe.
Date published: 2015-10-01

Read from the Book

Chapter 1He 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 city square with hundreds of people bustling about their business.And yet he didn't know where he came from, or how he'd gotten inside the dark lift, or who his parents were. He didn't even know his last name. Images of people flashed across his mind, but there was no recognition, their faces replaced with haunted smears of color. He couldn't think of one person he knew, or recall a single conversation.The room continued its ascent, swaying; Thomas grew immune to the ceaseless rattling of the chains that pulled him upward. A long time passed. Minutes stretched into hours, although it was impossible to know for sure because every second seemed an eternity. No. He was smarter than that. Trusting his instincts, he knew he'd been moving for roughly half an hour.Strangely enough, he felt his fear whisked away like a swarm of gnats caught in the wind, replaced by an intense curiosity. He wanted to know where he was and what was happening.With a groan and then a clonk, the rising room halted; the sudden change jolted Thomas from his huddled position and threw him across the hard floor. As he scrambled to his feet, he felt the room sway less and less until it finally stilled. Everything fell silent.A minute passed. Two. He looked in every direction but saw only darkness; he felt along the walls again, searching for a way out. But there was nothing, only the cool metal. He groaned in frustration; his echo amplified through the air, like the haunted moan of death. It faded, and silence returned. He screamed, called for help, pounded on the walls with his fists.Nothing.Thomas backed into the corner once again, folded his arms and shivered, and the fear returned. He felt a worrying shudder in his chest, as if his heart wanted to escape, to flee his body."Someone... help... me!" he screamed; each word ripped his throat raw.A loud clank rang out above him and he sucked in a startled breath as he looked up. A straight line of light appeared across the ceiling of the room, and Thomas watched as it expanded. A heavy grating sound revealed double sliding doors being forced open. After so long in darkness, the light stabbed his eyes; he looked away, covering his face with both hands.He heard noises above--voices--and fear squeezed his chest."Look at that shank.""How old is he?""Looks like a klunk in a T-shirt.""You're the klunk, shuck-face.""Dude, it smells like feet down there!""Hope you enjoyed the one-way trip, Greenie.""Ain't no ticket back, bro."Thomas was hit with a wave of confusion, blistered with panic. The voices were odd, tinged with echo; some of the words were completely foreign--others felt familiar. He willed his eyes to adjust as he squinted toward the light and those speaking. At first he could see only shifting shadows, but they soon turned into the shapes of bodies--people bending over the hole in the ceiling, looking down at him, pointing.And then, as if the lens of a camera had sharpened its focus, the faces cleared. They were boys, all of them--some young, some older. Thomas didn't know what he'd expected, but seeing those faces puzzled him. They were just teenagers. Kids. Some of his fear melted away, but not enough to calm his racing heart.Someone lowered a rope from above, the end of it tied into a big loop. Thomas hesitated, then stepped into it with his right foot and clutched the rope as he was yanked toward the sky. Hands reached down, lots of hands, grabbing him by his clothes, pulling him up. The world seemed to spin, a swirling mist of faces and color and light. A storm of emotions wrenched his gut, twisted and pulled; he wanted to scream, cry, throw up. The chorus of voices had grown silent, but someone spoke as they yanked him over the sharp edge of the dark box. And Thomas knew he'd never forget the words."Nice to meet ya, shank," the boy said. "Welcome to the Glade."

Editorial Reviews

Praise for the Maze Runner series:A #1 New York Times Bestselling Series A USA Today Bestseller 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   [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 "Take a deep breath before you start any James Dashner book."-Deseret News