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The Maze Runner (Maze Runner Trilogy, Book 1) (original 2009; edition 2010)

by James Dashner

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Title:The Maze Runner (Maze Runner Trilogy, Book 1)
Authors:James Dashner
Info:Delacorte Press (2010), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 400 pages
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The Maze Runner by James Dashner (2009)

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The beginning of a series, we meet Thomas who's in an elevator and riding in it seemingly forever. Finally, it stops, and he finds himself looking up in the faces of boys about his age. He steps into the glade with no memory and no idea what's going on. While most seem to accept that this is their life now, Thomas hounds his fellow gladers with tons of questions. He goes against the grain by not really following rules, questioning why and how to everything, and taking the way things had been in a whole new direction. Shortly after he arrives, a girl arrives with the terrible note of it being the end.

This is a great dystopian read. The language the kids adopt is humorous and the camaraderie between the boys fun. I loved the ability to visualize the scenery and feel anxious when the grievers were close. The ability to learn the place right alongside of Thomas as he learned it gave a unique perspective as well.

My one drawback is that the two main characters are a bit flat. Thomas is asking tons of questions and screaming at others who've already stated they don't know either. He comes across as being entitled and egotistical. As if he doesn't believe these boys would rather get out of the glade as much as he does. Then, there's Teresa. She's ominous in arrival and she's crucial to the endgame, but her development is nonexistent. I very much preferred the characters of Chuck and Minho. ( )
  jessica_reads | Mar 24, 2015 |
Thomas awoke in the big metal elevator lifting him up. All around him was black. He couldn't see anything. That is until the door at the top opened revealing the bright afternoon sunlight. Several teenage boys gathered around the elevator as Thomas rose up towards them. Thomas, like the rest of them, couldn't remember anything except his name. The boys helped him out of the large metal box he was sitting in and showed him around this new place. They called it the Glade and referred to themselves as Gladers. Besides the obvious fact that his memory had been wiped, the Glade didn't seem that odd to Thomas... until night fell. Thomas hadn't noticed it before, but there were large stone walls surrounding the Glade and began to shift. Thomas was told that the doors were closing and that they were trapped inside this place, and that beyond the walls was a large maze that seemed utterly unsolvable. The Maze Runner by James Dashner is a piece of science fiction where one teenage boy discovers how it feels to be trapped inside a mysterious place.

In the Glade, the only occupants are boys. The day after Thomas arrived, a girl appeared through the same elevator Thomas and the others had arrived in. She seemed familiar to Thomas, which was odd because his entire memory had been wiped. The girl was originally thought to be dead but awoke and yelled, "Thomas!" Shortly after she fell into a coma. Her appearance was shocking to the Gladers not only because she was a girl, but also because the Box brought a new Glader the same time once a month. She carried a note that read, "Everything is about to change." This raises alarm and the Gladers decide that they need to get out once and for all, even if it means to risk their lives in the maze.

The Maze Runner was both intriguing and exasperating. Dashner did a great job in creating special terms unique to the Gladers. This simple element made me and probably many other readers feel as if we were trapped in the Glade with the characters and lets us feel as if we are part of the story. I loved how the novel showcased the capabilities of teenagers. For example, when Thomas was going through the training session we learn that the Gladers farm crops and livestock, construct buildings, and explore a maze which is both dangerous and unfamiliar to those entering. The Maze Runner is definitely one of my favorite novels and I cannot wait to read The Scorch Trials (Book 2). ( )
  brsut14 | Mar 19, 2015 |
Wow!!!!, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was full of sci fi action and suspense. I like the short chapters that were exciting from the start to end. I found myself creating imagery and feeling tense as the trapped Gladers made their way through the trials and tribulations (so few) throughout the story.
In a world that has been destroyed the Creators send teens (monthly) into another place (the Glade) as an experiment. These teens believe that they can escape the Glade by entering and solving a MAZE. When Thomas (named after Thomas Edison) 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 30 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. She has been sent to trigger the ENDING???? This change of events starts to set mistrust amongst the ranks however they learn to work together and begin to solve the MAZE. I really liked the metallic beasts (Grievers & Beetle Blades) that felt and sounded real.
Thomas’s character goes through lots of changes, feelings of fear, bravado, acceptance, rejection and I liked that as again I could connect with his character. I’m eagerly ready to read the SCORCH TRIALS. ( )
  rata | Mar 16, 2015 |
The Maze Runner is a fun and entertaining read but it has little relevance in the classroom. Like many Young Adult fiction books it could be used to get teenage students excited about reading or motivated to look for more to read. ( )
  LFerda | Mar 11, 2015 |
I loved this book,it was worth reading.I like how the story was told,it was hard for me to put this book down.I would recommend this book. ( )
1 vote lynch2361 | Mar 10, 2015 |
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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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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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