The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, Book One) Hardcover – Oct 6 2009
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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."—EW.com
“Wonderful action writing—fast-paced…but smart and well observed.”—Newsday
“[A] nail-biting must-read.”—Seventeen.com
“Breathless, cinematic action.”—Publishers Weekly
“Heart pounding to the very last moment.”—Kirkus Reviews
[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
About the Author
James Dashner is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series: The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, The Kill Order and The Fever Code, as well as the bestselling Mortality Doctrine series: The Eye of Minds, The Rule of Thoughts, and The Game of Lives. Dashner was born and raised in Georgia, but now lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains. To learn more about him and his books, visit JamesDashner.com, follow @jamesdashner on Twitter, and find dashnerjames on Instagram.See all Product Description
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"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.
Dashner did many things to keep the book alive. He created a street maze vocabulary, and an enigmatic plot that keeps the reader in suspense. But mostly it is his message of hope that got to me. The boys living in the maze are survivalists. They grow their own crops, cook, enforce just laws -- if people were more like them we wouldn't have crime.
It seems the book might even become a movie. According to IMDB director Wes Ball signed up with the Gotham Group in August 2012.
Why are these boys being trapped in a maze? How do they get out?
The premise of this book is fascinating, but the story itself lags. It's the first book in a planned trilogy, and it suffers for this. The text is very repetitive - we're reminded over and over that Thomas remembers concepts, but not his past. Thomas remembers what ham is, but doesn't remember eating it. Thomas remembers what a mom is, but doesn't remember his own. Etc, etc, etc.
The exit from the maze is a let-down, and the book finishes with a cliffhanger that I found frustrating rather than intriguing. Not enough answers, too much filler.
Each and every month a group of all male kids known as the "Gladers" receive a new arrival, along with supplies, from "The Creators" and are forced to live in the middle of a giant, man-made maze. They call their area "The Glade". The kids have all had their memories wiped upon arrival and are told nothing before being sent up in the box. Once they settle in, they are given a task that best fits their physical abilities by the current leaders and their lives continue on. Once Thomas arrives things begin to start happening out of order and without cause. Then when a girl, Terisa, comes up in the box only 3 days after Thomas, the Gladers know it's time to leave or die.
Final Verdict: Definitely a fun book to read! Really enjoyed it!
As much as the story was interesting and kept me reading, there were certain levels of frustration that I felt in reading this book. For instance, Thomas is in a fog: he does not remember anything, but does have familiar feelings about some things. He tries to ask several of the other boys questions about their life in the Glade and how things work, but everyone is reluctant to talk about it. Thomas spends a good part of the book frustrated by this, and as a reader, I was frustrated too. Perhaps this was intentional so that we could feel what Thomas feels. However, it also got repetitive. I was compelled to keep reading, however, because I wanted to know why they were in the Glade, what was the purpose of the maze, and what kind of people would send children into this situation.
Another interesting aspect to the book was the almost Lord of the Flies feel to it: what would kids do if left to themselves, would they form a society with rules and structure or would it be a free for all? In this case, unlike the classic tale, Thomas finds himself in a functioning society where order is upheld at all cost.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Very successful introduction to this series. I was riveted enough to immediately purchase the remaining two books after completion of this one just to get the rest of the story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Globalgirl1977
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... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Cecile Sune
The Maze Runner is my absolute fav of all time. Both the books and the movies are superb even tho all books are not precisely the same as the movies. BUT there both great! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Miranda
After taking months and months to read a book in which I will not name, cough wild, I decided to just give up and try the maze runner. I finished the book in no time at all. Read morePublished 4 months ago by AEL
Well written overall, but a little predictable. I may read the sequels just to finish the series and know what happens, but not sure yet.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I loved this book. It was quick moving, kept me on my toes at the end of every chapter and truly made me keep wanting more.Published 5 months ago by Kw11
Best book of the series by far. Addictive and interesting, it's no wonder this book is such a hitPublished 5 months ago by Laura
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