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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press; 1st Edition edition (Oct. 6 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385737947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385737944
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 16.1 x 3.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #66,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By K. Edwards on Dec 29 2009
Format: Hardcover
When Thomas wakes up in the elevator, the only thing he can remember is his name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the elevator doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade - a large, open expanse of land surrounded by the stone walls of a maze.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eleanor A., Kendell on Jan. 20 2013
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He loved it from the moment he read the first sentence, so much so that he read the words to me. During my visit, he would often say it was a great read. While there he shared two other books with me and I read them DIVERGENT AND INVERGENT.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Book Cupid on Jan. 8 2013
Format: Paperback
As someone who has awakened after being unconscious, I can tell you that it isn't as easy as it looks. You are disoriented. Delirious for a couple of hours. So for Alex to wake up able to think, remembering part of the maze, wanting to become a runner -- he has to be special.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gwenyth Love on Nov. 8 2011
Format: Paperback
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Allison Allain on Dec 4 2012
Format: Paperback
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.
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