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The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner (2009)

by James Dashner

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First, there was vampire romance. Now, there is survival in dystopian future. I have to admit – I like the second YA theme MUCH better than the first.

Another great read in this hot trend of post-apocalyptic literature: The Maze Runner is the first in a series (as is custom in this genre) about young Thomas, a 16-year-old-ish survivor who wakes up in an elevator with no memory of his life before that day. All he can remember is his first name. Thomas. Elevator stops. Thomas gets out. And he is in the Glade, a pastoral environment populated entirely by other 16-year-old-ish survivor boys who all have the same affliction: no memory of their lives before they too woke up in the elevator.

Turns out the Glade is surrounded by a giant maze, and every day, select survivors from this pool of 16-year-old-ish boys head out into the wilds of it to try and find an exit. They are the Runners. And though Thomas himself cannot explain it, he wants to be a Runner too. But wait. The Maze changes every night – the walls shift and new routes are established every day. And there are giant, bulbous, half-slug / half-machine killer monsters called Grievers that also roam through the Maze too. Don’t want to run into those guys. It gets nasty.

So, here Thomas finds himself plunked down into this surreal landscape with these hideous monsters and a handful of young survivors who have no idea why they are there or what is going on. They all just have one goal: find a solution to the Maze and get out. Then things take a turn for the super weird when the day after Thomas’ arrival in the Glade, the elevator brings up another young survivor. Only this time it’s a girl. The first girl that has ever arrived in the Glade as far back as any of the boys can remember. And she blurts out “everything is about to change.” Uh oh.

And off we go on our wild adventure. I have to admit I enjoyed the ride. Very unique premise – as the mysteries unfold, I found myself plowing through since the reveal of one mystery only led to more that needed solving. And the “twist” at the end was a stroke of creative genius. I enjoyed the characters, especially Thomas, Minho, Newt, and Chuck, and my heart palpitated a few times as they found themselves staring death straight in the eye. I was rooting for them.

The only critique I really have is Dashner’s attempt to inject emotion into the story. I sometimes wondered if, as he was writing, he suddenly thought to himself that he needed to make sure Thomas’ emotions were clear. So he would drop in random lines about Thomas being pissed, or scared, or sad, or what-have-you. Problem I had: these random lines of text were a bit jarring, and they distracted me from what was happening. I could understand Thomas’ emotions just fine without the added text. I also found it hard to believe that this kid vacillated so frequently and so widely in his emotional-spectrum in such short bursts of time. I don’t know how many times I read that Thomas was terrified in one paragraph and then at peace in the next even though his situation had not changed. I know there is the possibility of experiencing a host of different emotions at one time, but that seemed to happen an awful lot to Thomas. Kid is gonna need massive therapy to cope with all that shifting emotion. Forget about the Grievers and the Glade and the Maze and all that other stuff.

But that critique aside, this was an excellent piece of fiction, and I’m definitely heading straight on into Book 2 to continue the story. What happens next?? ( )
1 vote parhamj | Nov 16, 2014 |
I’m a huge fan of dystopian fantasy novels and read them whenever I get the chance. I waited a long time to rent this book from the library because of the highly anticipated movie version of the book that was coming out. I must say that despite the hype surrounding the book, was a little bit disappointed. It was a good book overall, but the plot was a little bit dry. However, the main disappointment surrounding this book was the characters. Usually, dystopian novels present their main characters in a sort of “orphaned kid has to become strong in order to escape society” manner. You find yourself rooting for the protagonist, because they have everything going against them and still prevail. Although the main character, Thomas, fit into many of these stereotypes, I couldn’t seem to identify with him. He was very hard to relate to, and almost seemed a little bit annoying. As a result, it was difficult to get into the book. It is amazing how something as simple as a single character can detract from the entire book. I would give the first book in the series a three out of five. This was actually the one I like the most. I read the second book, but couldn’t bring myself to get very far into the third. I guess I have high standards in dystopian fantasy novels. I think the main idea of this book is that humans are capable of bringing chaos to the world while still thinking they’re doing it for the right reasons. ( )
  lmcswe1 | Nov 15, 2014 |
Wow! This book was not at all what I expected! I was kind of turned off in the first couple chapters-by the speak. I must say that I am glad I trudged on. This book got very interesting. It was VERY intriguing and I couldn't help but continue on. This book was very well thought out. It keeps you guessing the whole way through. Just when you think you have it all figured out, you have to wait for the next book! I,for one, CAN'T wait to read the next book! I am dying to see this movie now and how this great work of imagination all plays out! I am now a die-hard fan of James Dashner! ( )
  chellebuck79 | Nov 6, 2014 |
Watched the movie went and bought the book straight after. Loved the book better than the movie. Can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy. ( )
  RettaRyan | Nov 4, 2014 |
Sofie Joslyn 10/28/14
The Maze Runner.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner is a story about a boy who is put in the middle of probably one of the most dangerous places. Thomas is a boy who has lost his memory of everything except his name and some common knowledge. He is brought to the Glade where there is a group of boys who accept them as one of their own. He ends up saving the Glade being known as one of the chosen ones. Thomas is smarter than most of them in some way.

Thomas wants to get out more than any of them. He knows his destiny is to become a runner. None of the Gladers think he is ready to but he proves them wrong.
He gets trapped in the maze overnight. Will he survive? No one has ever survived over night. Thomas is going to change that. He is stuck in the maze with two other Gladers Minho and Alby. Alby has been badly hurt and might not survive. What will Thomas do.

Later on in this book a new Glader comes to the Glade. But this time its a girl. Thomas later finds out that this girl can telepathically talk to him. Thomas is freaked out at first but then gets used to it. Thomas finds out he can do it to. Is the girl another chosen one? Were they picked to come here because they are special?

I personally think that this book was amazing. If you like intensity this is the book for you. The Maze Runner is one of the best books I have ever read. It kept me on the edge of my seat. I recommend this book to anyone.
  SoJo14 | Nov 2, 2014 |
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The story reads like a maze with erroneous turns, dead ends, and a plot that should work but falls short.
added by Katya0133 | editLibrary Media Connection, Constance G. Pappas (Nov 1, 2009)
James Dashner has created a thrilling dystopian novel.
The Maze Runner has a great hook, and fans of dystopian literature, particularly older fans of Jeanne DuPrau's The City of Ember (Random, 2003), will likely enjoy this title and ask for the inevitable sequel.
added by Katya0133 | editSchool Library Journal, Kristin Anderson (Oct 1, 2009)
With a fast-paced narrative steadily answering the myriad questions that arise and an ever-increasing air of tension, Dashner's suspenseful adventure will keep readers guessing until the very end.
added by Katya0133 | editPublishers Weekly (Sep 21, 2009)

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The first book in the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series—The Maze Runner is a modern classic, perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every thirty days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.

Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

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Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.

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