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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press; Reprint edition (Aug. 24 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385737955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385737951
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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


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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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11 of 12 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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3 of 3 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eleanor A., Kendell on 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 By Vanessa M. Dow on Jan. 24 2011
Format: Hardcover
Imagine being thrown into a strange and terrifying world where you don't understand the rules and no one is on your side. You have no recollection of your own past beyond your name. That's what Thomas faces when he enters The Glade.

The mystery was the big draw of this story for me. Just what the heck is going on? From the moment that Thomas wakes and arrives in The Glade, he's asking questions. Questions that everyone refuses to answer. If rule number one in the Glade is to never step outside the walls, rule number two seems to be "don't talk." This is frustrating to Thomas and also to me as the reader, leaving me scrambling to pull an explanation from my own mind. But as hard as I tried to figure it out, I still didn't get it all right.

One thing that annoyed me about this book was the slang used in The Glade. They're all spouting off about "shanks" and "shucking shuckface", which left me with the impression that Dashner's original manuscript had too many f-bombs and his editor told him to fix it for a YA audience. Sometimes unique slang in a book can define the world and draw the reader in (Westerfeld's Uglies series, for example), but I wasn't buying it here.

Overall, an exiting, engrossing read. I think this book will appeal to lovers of dystopian lit, as well as anyone who enjoys a terrifying tale of survival against all odds. It is also worth noting that this is one of the few books I read that is going to have broad appeal among the male species. I finished it thinking, "I liked this, but Joe is going to LOVE it." He did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on 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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