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The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner (2009)

by James Dashner

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    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (smammers)
  2. 180
    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. 102
    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.
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    Wool by Hugh Howey (KatyBee)
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    Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Waterbuggg)
    Waterbuggg: Both books are action-packed and have a similar premise and secret.
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    Das Labyrinth erwacht by Rainer Wekwerth (Friederike.Geissler)
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    The Gardener by S.A. Bodeen (kaledrina)
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    The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier (Anonymous user)
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    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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An interesting novel of intrigue and mystery. I can see why it's become so popular. Not something I'd ever re-read though. ( )
  benuathanasia | Dec 18, 2014 |
Although I do understand where some of the negative criticism for this novel has come from, I found it to be an engrossing and thoroughly enjoyable read. I even thought the made up curse words were rather cute (though appreciate that many people seem to find them annoying).

The characters were likable and I enjoyed that fact that the story put the reader in Thomas's shoes, leaving them just as confused about what was going on as he was. While the first half of the novel was quite slow moving, it never seemed to drag as it took its time to extensively explain how the Glade functioned day to day. The story rapidly gained pace in the second half and quickly became difficult to put down.

There are only a couple of issues that I had with the story. Firstly, I grew a little frustrated towards the characters that kept important information from Thomas with no good reason (answering his questions by telling him he didn't need to know). Secondly, I didn't feel as though Teresa had much chance to shine. While her intelligence and strength of character is revealed, she did not really contribute much in the climax of the story. I hope that she has a far larger role to play in The Scorch Trials.

All in all, it's a brilliant start to the series and I can't wait to get my hands on the next instalment! ( )
  ArkhamReviews | Dec 16, 2014 |
Thomas is the latest arrival to The Glades, a community of teenage boys slap bang in the middle of a great big maze. With no memory of their former lives the boys are expected to run their homestead, farm, tend to the animals, feed themselves while also trying to solve the riddle of the maze. All newcomers undergo a period of induction to see which of the many jobs they are best suited for but all Thomas wants is to be a Runner. One of those that go out into the maze and search for a way out. Just after Thomas' arrival an unusual event happens, another newbie. Usually they only turn up once a month but what's even more shocking is that this time it's a girl. She's almost dead and holding a note saying she will be the last. What does this mean for the Gladers and how will it shake things up?

After a bright opening that asked a lot of questions (many of which are not answered in this volume) this book proved to be a slog to get through the next couple of hundred pages. Not one likeable character appeared especially with the main character having a superiority complex. Thomas is also the only one who wants to question everything with all the others seeming to just accept their situation and carry on with their lot as given to them. It's not until later in the book that things pick up and the story moves to its inevitable conclusion. That was another problem that this book had as for me there were no surprises. Every major plot point was signposted beforehand and it was really only a matter of who survived the ending. It wasn't an awful book, just not a very good one and because I bought the trilogy in a pack I will probably at some point continue with the next in the series with hope that it will get better. ( )
  AHS-Wolfy | Dec 12, 2014 |
This is a chapter book that draws you in right from the beginning and keeps you hooked. Issues that are dealt with include loyalty, trust, perseverance, etc. Though this book is the beginning of a series, I believe it can stand alone if subsequent books are unavailable. Students can also be encouraged to read the rest of the series on their own. Because of some heavier, more graphic content I would only share with 7-8 grade.
  sbutler9 | Dec 3, 2014 |
Considering all the great reviews I expected it to be better. It was easy to read, different but not overly exciting. ( )
  Kathryn_Brown | Dec 1, 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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Teen must run through maze / To figure out his past and / Survive scary plot. (legallypuzzled)

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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