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The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, Book One) [Hardcover]

James Dashner
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Oct. 6 2009 The Maze Runner Series (Book 1)
Read the first book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent. The Maze Runner is now a major motion picture featuring the star of MTV's Teen Wolf, Dylan O’Brien; Kaya Scodelario; Aml Ameen; Will Poulter; and Thomas Brodie-Sangster and the second book, The Scorch Trials, is soon to be a movie, hitting theaters September 18, 2015! Also look for James Dashner’s newest novels, The Eye of Minds and The Rule of Thoughts, the first two books in the Mortality Doctrine series.
 
If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.
 
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.
 
Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.
 
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.
 
Everything is going to change.
 
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
 
Remember. Survive. Run.

Praise for the Maze Runner series:

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

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

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

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

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

About the Author

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


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of The Maze Runner by James Dashner 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Premise, Weak Follow-Through 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ordered for my eleven year old grandson Jan. 20 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too Dec 30 2009
Format:Hardcover
Thomas is brought up to the Glade in an elevator with only his name and no memory at all. He finds himself with a group of boys like himself. They all have no memory of an outside world. All they know is that there is a maze and they will try to find a way out -but every night the doors to the maze will shut.

The day after Thomas arrives, a girl, the first ever in the Glade, arrives with a note that she is the last. Thomas is determined to figure out what is happening in the Glade and unlock the secrets that are buried.

THE MAZE RUNNER is the start to a thrilling new trilogy. If you are a fan of dystopian science fiction, then this title needs to be added to your must-read pile.

Author James Dashner has a brilliant start to the book; the Gladers use different slang, which takes some time to get used to. However, this leaves the reader feeling just as jarred as Thomas when the book starts and you find yourself learning about the Glade right along with the main character. I've never really had that experience with a book before, so kudos to Mr. Dashner for a brilliant storytelling device.

The story has somewhat of a slow start, but readers who stick with it will be rewarded. I'm warning you - there are lots of cliffhangers and heart-stopping adventure, and you'll want to stay up late turning pages to find out what happens next.

Reviewed by: Sarah Bean the Green Bean Teen Queen
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intrigant et fascinant concept March 25 2010
Format:Hardcover
Je reste toujours émerveillé par une histoire qui sort du commun et qui, même si parfois le récit apparaît répétitif, me harcèle et me fascine au point de ne pas vouloir interrompre ma lecture. Ce n'est pas un grand roman incontournable, mais j'attends quand même avec anticipation le développement d'une réponse à la question centrale du propos : qui effectue ces tests de survie massacrant de jeunes adultes et des adolescents et pourquoi? « The Maze Runner » n'est que le début de cette lutte à laquelle sont confrontés ces jeunes et la question centrale n'étant pas résolue, j'attend impatiemment la suite.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Run Alex, Run 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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1.0 out of 5 stars so many things the movie did a much better job of
Waited till I watch the movie before I read the book. Book made me really mad actually, so many things the movie did a much better job of. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very exciting and tensefull
Maze Runner is very exciting and I would recommend it to anyone who loves action and very very tense moments. James Dashner is very talented
Published 5 days ago by Crystal Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating and gripping
Maze Runner is hard to put down. Adventure, mystery and suspense, make this an enjoyable journey.
For a Sci-fi foundation, there is an essence of plausibility to the story; an... Read more
Published 14 days ago by kayak
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Couldn't put it down. Read it in 4 days. Captivating.
Published 14 days ago by A. Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than hunger games and divergent
I plowed through those books, they are great!
Published 16 days ago by vizfxca
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was a really good book I loved it
Published 24 days ago by Hannah
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
Very good book. I wanted to read it before seeing the movie. Lot of action, it is a page turner
Published 28 days ago by SCoulombe
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
Doesn't live up to the hype. It's not terrible, just ok. The story is somewhat predictable, somewhat uninspired. The main character, in this reader's view is unlikeable. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Anglobotomy
5.0 out of 5 stars great story.
Well written, great story.
Published 1 month ago by Robin
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
What a wonderful book. Action thrilling, great storyline, wonderful characters ..
I couldn't wait to see the end! Read more
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