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

Paperback | August 24, 2010

byJames Dashner

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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.” —
“Wonderful action writing—fast-paced…but smart and well observed.” Newsday
“[A] nail-biting must-read.”
“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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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 sur...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8.19 × 5.5 × 0.88 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

Customer Reviews of The Maze Runner (maze Runner, Book One): Book One


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 3 out of 5 by from So-so I expected much more from this, given all the hype. It was kind of boring, actually.
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 I loved this! Amazing book
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mildly Disappointing I was eager to get into this series after hearing so much about it; this becomes another entry in the list of hyped-up books that disappointed me. It wasn't the worst I've ever read, but I wasn't on the edge of my seat, I didn't care for the characters. Not too good, not too bad.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok read The best in the series I have rad so far.
Date published: 2016-12-05
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 4 out of 5 by from Slow At First, But Definitely Worth It! It's a long enough book, I had to take several breaks reading it because I had a hard time getting into it at times. But it was a good read! Great story!
Date published: 2016-11-27
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The maze runner The Maze Runner is an amazing book one of my favorites. It leaves me wondering what WICKED will do now ,and I want to learn more!I want to know what h@ppens next!
Date published: 2015-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Decent I picked this one up second hand on a recommendation from a friend and enjoyed my reading of it. I did have some issues with it though. I know it is super hyped now but that was not the case when I picked it up. I thought Thomas was pretty frustrating as a lead character, I would have rather read this from Minho's point of view tbh. He was my favourite. I think Thomas was kind of ... obtuse almost? He seemed to be questioning things that he shouldn't have and just went with things that he probably should have questioned. And while I am okay with him wanting to be a runner, I am a little sick of the trend that these characters are thrown into a new setting and change everything to make it better because they know so much more than everyone else. Yes there is a need for change in some cases, but Thomas is to the point of being disrespectful to Minho and doesn't follow instructions. That is not okay. I really liked Teresa and I am hoping we get to see more of her and her abilities. I thought it was pretty cool that her and Thomas could communicate telepathically. I really like her and the fact that she, more than Thomas, has some knowledge and ability to figure out what is happening. After the first bit of the story that gave introductions and world building, I thought it really picked up speed. There was a lot going on that moved the plot along and also developed characters. It was interesting to see the characters have to develop based on incidents and other people's actions. However, it also felt like most of the characters were not extremely fleshed out -- but that might be because of the point of view style. Overall: 3.5/5 stars for this one!
Date published: 2015-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from G0od read I liked the book better than the movie. I did however struggle through the discrepencies between the two.
Date published: 2015-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good story few annoyances Favourable story but the slang in the book is near unbearable. Also if disliked Harry Potter in Goblet of Fire, stay away from this book. Aside from that it's great, also stay away from the movie.
Date published: 2015-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Good enough to make me want to buy the second book! Lots of questions stil to answer... very exciting!
Date published: 2015-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Maze runner I thought this was a great book. I recommend this book t people who like thrill. Go maze runner!!!!!
Date published: 2015-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Maze Runner A fun filled, action packed, amzing book. If you luke the Hunger Games, the Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter, you're sure going to like this. Its full of cliff-hangers and there seems to be a new problem every 2 or so chapters. Sooooooo good!
Date published: 2015-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review on The Maze Runner This book is the worst ever it sucks. Thomas the main charecter is traped and then he gets out of the maze and chuck dies.!!!! spoiler alert.
Date published: 2015-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic My wife listened to the audiobook version over a year ago. When she described the story, I could not have been any less interested. We went as a family to see the movie and I loved it! I sought out the book to compare it to the movie. Even though I already knew the story, the book had me riveted from start to finish. It was written in a plain, simple style. The characters were, for the most part, well-developed. Despite being a YA novel, it was easy for me as an adult to read. I admit to being highly annoyed by the teenage angst that beats readers over the head. For this reason, I avoid a lot of YA novels. But The Maze Runner has none of this. The story unfolds at a steady clip that kept me locked in throughout. I felt the ending was a little anti-climatic (perhaps because I already knew what happened), but it was a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to book 2.
Date published: 2015-05-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Didn't think it was that great. I didn't see the movie on purpose so I could read the book 1st; they tend to be better than the movies. I was disappointed, very predictable, author repeats statements and ideas so much I found myself jumping pages just to get on with the story. I felt like there was a lot of filler in order to make the story longer rather than better. I hate to bring politics into it, but it is so blatantly chauvinistic. It is about a group of overly intelligent kids and only 1 out of 50 or 60 is a girl and then to be accepted (never fully only with distrust) one of the BOYS has to convince the rest. To be worthy, her intelligence has to be so much higher that she is practically God like with telepathic abilities. She spends most of story unconscious, then thrown in jail with guards to make sure she is unharmed! What is it saying to teenage boys? That aside I got bored. Borrow it from the library don't waste your money.
Date published: 2015-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Maze runner I deffitly could not stop, 5 no 3 pages in and you would be hooked :) So much ADVENCHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2015-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thanks! Thanks for writing this book,its a long time ago that i readed such a good book,its funny,original,.
Date published: 2015-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book, disappointing near the end. The idea of the worlds is really thought provoking, but it seems to peter out at the end. I liked the book but I wish it would have been longer.
Date published: 2015-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome You gave to read this its so action packed and full of excitment. If you like the hunger games you will love this
Date published: 2015-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Maze Runner Il I loved this book with its surprising ending and suspensful chapters.
Date published: 2015-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The maze runner I love the first book of the maze runner triology and cant wait to read the rest of the books of thIs amazing triology
Date published: 2015-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Maze runner The maze runner was an amazing action thriller and the ending was such a cliff hanger but that just makes me more excited to read the scorch Trials.
Date published: 2015-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Read it before you see the movie. If you've already watched the movie, read it, and ask yourself, "how could the movie leave out so many good parts?"
Date published: 2015-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow. This book is beyond captivating! It entranced my thoughts even while I was not reading it. The writing was done so well,and the mystery through the who book was just enough frustration to keep reading to find answers. I only put this book down when I had to! A must read for anyone!
Date published: 2015-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! this was the best book i have ever read
Date published: 2015-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING This book Is so amazing - ive read it so many times and it just never gets old. This is one book you should buy
Date published: 2015-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THIS BOOK IS AMAZING This book inspired me to read more, before I hated reading!
Date published: 2015-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best series ever The maze runner is simply one of the greatest series i've read. As an avid dystopia reader I reccomend this series to anyone who has read divergent, the hunger games, the selection, delirium, etc. The maze runner is a fast paced jaw dropper which surely any reader will enjoy. Highly recommended :)
Date published: 2014-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Every situation, place or character is so well described I could actually feel inside of the book. Amazing! If you're into young adult books, this is a must read!
Date published: 2014-11-27
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'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
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:
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.) 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.
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 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

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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."

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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."—   “Wonderful action writing—fast-paced…but smart and well observed.”—Newsday   “[A] nail-biting must-read.”—   “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