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

James Dashner
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Aug. 24 2010 The Maze Runner Series (Book 1)
Read the first book in the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent. The Maze Runner motion picture featuring the star of MTV's Teen Wolf, Dylan O’Brien; Kaya Scodelario; Aml Ameen; Will Poulter; and Thomas Brodie-Sangster, and hits theaters September 19, 2014! Also look for James Dashner’s newest book The Eye of Minds, book one 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 New York Times Bestseller
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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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 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read Sept. 23 2011
Format:Paperback
I have now read both the Maze Trials and the Scorch Trials, and I absolutely love them.

I feel like this book does not do a lot of hand-holding and self explanation, but that's probably why I enjoy it so much. The reader has a certain amount of interpretation that is left up to him/her/them which can give someone with a good imagination fodder for hours. It's not a cookie-cutter book, and can be challenging in its own way to read, but I was thrilled to get to read something that really feels new.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dashner, James: The Maze Runner July 5 2011
Format:Paperback
YA Dashner, James: The Maze Runner, (2009), 374 p., When Thomas wakes up he is in a dark elevator taking him to the Glade. The Glade is filled with teenagers with no memories of where they came from but a set of duties to fulfill in the Glade ' running the farm, raising and slaughtering the animals, looking after the Homestead, and running the Maze while dodging the Grievers that try to sting you. Every thirty days a new kid is delivered to the Glade along with supplies and every day the Gates to the Maze open giving access to the Grievers. Then suddenly everything changes and it becomes crucial to solve the Maze and escape the Glade ' and Thomas is more important than he could have dreamed. 5Q5P
Fantasy, Adventure, Postapocalyptic
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting twist on Lord of the Flies April 7 2011
By Coreena
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed reading The Maze Runner by James Dashner and found the premise interesting: a boy named Thomas finds himself delivered to the Glade, an isolated place full of other boys and surrounded by a maze. There are no adults around and everyone's memory is erased before arriving. Each night the boys are locked in the Glade as the Grievers, nasty, vicious monsters that are a mix of organic and mechanical, roam the maze and kill anyone they can find. Every month for two years a new boy is delivered to the Glade; however, the day after Thomas arrives, a girl is delivered, speaking an ominous message. Something is about to change.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story line
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