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The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner (2009)

by James Dashner

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Series: The Maze Runner (1)

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  1. 430
    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (smammers)
  2. 210
    Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (aeleone)
    aeleone: More sci-fi than Maze Runner, but the characters experience a similar situation as the boys in the maze. Plus, it's super classic.
  3. 122
    Lord of the Flies by William Golding (bookworm12)
  4. 80
    Gone by Michael Grant (stephxsu)
    stephxsu: Incredible world-building and suspense-building featuring a plethora of interesting and sympathetic characters.
  5. 40
    Incarceron by Catherine Fisher (bluenotebookonline)
    bluenotebookonline: Bit more fantasy than The Maze Runner, but a similar setup (hero who's trapped) and pace.
  6. 30
    Wool by Hugh Howey (KatyBee)
  7. 32
    Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Waterbuggg)
    Waterbuggg: Both books are action-packed and have a similar premise and secret.
  8. 00
    Das Labyrinth erwacht by Rainer Wekwerth (Friederike.Geissler)
  9. 00
    The Gardener by S.A. Bodeen (kaledrina)
  10. 00
    The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier (Anonymous user)
  11. 22
    Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (bluenotebookonline)
    bluenotebookonline: Also action packed, has a dystopian setting, includes quite a bit of kids vs. adults, etc. Prinz award winner.

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I enjoyed this book very much. It is very easy to read and it kept me interested. I hope to read the other ones in the series. ( )
  LMacLean | Apr 14, 2016 |
This has been a popular book for several years ,and I knew I wanted to find out why. It has a intriguing story from the first page and kept me reading to find out more. This book would appeal to middle school or young adult readers. And, since the main characters are boys, I think this would be a good choice for male readers.
  KristenNevala | Apr 9, 2016 |
Had a hard time putting this down to do anything I needed to do in a normal day! It was very addicting. As I write this review, I'm already antsy to get back to book 2 which I started immediately upon finishing The Maze Runner. I think the main character Thomas is incredibly likable and relatable. I felt his emotions like they were my own throughout the story. I'm still a little confused as to what is going on, even having read The Kill Order first, so I'm anxious to see what more clues we gain from the next installment! ( )
  MynTop | Apr 8, 2016 |
Not as rich of a story as The Hunger Games was, but a very good page-turner nonetheless. The first book hooked me for the second, and the second for the third. I want to get to the real answers almost as bad as the characters in the story do. ( )
  seph | Apr 1, 2016 |
The maze runner immediately jumps into action as the main character Thomas is thrown into an elevator and then appears in a strange place. Thomas cannot remember how or why he is in the maze and can barely remember his name. He comes to realize that he is not alone, there are about 40 other teenagers that have built a mini civilization. He has a bad first impression with the leader named Alby who wants to show his authority. It doesn’t take long for Thomas to determine that he wants to become a runner or the person who tries to find a way out of the maze. The open grassy area that the teens live in is surrounded by giant concrete walls and entrances to the maze that close every night at the same time. Another obstacle in the maze that makes surprising visits and either hurts or even kills the kids are called grievers. Grievers are part machine--part animal that inject the kids with a strange substance that requires an antidote immediately. One day the elevator rises to the surface once again and it’s a girl who looks familiar to Thomas. After another attack the runners led by Thomas decide it’s time to get through the maze. They use all the knowledge gained over time about the maze and take a group of willing kids with them to escape the maze prison. Thomas is able to make it to the edge of the maze and breaks into a building to find that a group of people are controlling the maze and he used to be part of it. The kids are able to make it out of the maze and jump on a bus as rescuers explain that the world has been ravaged by a horrible disease known as the flame.
I really felt that this book was very good and I enjoyed it even more than the movie. I do feel that they did an amazing job with the movie with very little differences. This book was a real a page turner and filled with so much action. I will say that I was confused a little bit at times throughout the book but once it I got to the end it all came together. I gave this boo a rating of 4 because of the slight lags and confusion. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys suspenseful science fiction books. Finally, I am really looking forward to reading the next book in the series to see what happens to Thomas, Teresa, and the rest of the group. ( )
  BradyJ.B3 | Mar 31, 2016 |
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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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Teen must run through maze
To figure out his past and
Survive scary plot.

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385737955, Paperback)

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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