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The Maze Runner (Maze Runner Trilogy, Book 1) (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

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was it as good as you thought it would be?
  patrishthefish | Aug 26, 2014 |
Started this as an audio book. Got through the first disc, but have to put it aside, because the voice-reader is mind-numbingly monotone -- sucking the life entirely out of the story. *shudder*
  bookczuk | Aug 25, 2014 |
I have the audio version of this book, and I will be buying the entire set in hardback. Dang! I've not read (heard) a story this good in a very long time. It's exciting, intriguing, mystifying, heart wrenching and it makes you THINK about society. Books that capture both your heart and your mind are rare and forever valuable. I must find a place for them on my bookshelves. ( )
  glanecia | Aug 25, 2014 |
Loved it.

Not much more to say apart from that to be honest. The less I talk about the plot the less spoilers I'll give away and the more you'll enjoy it.

The best way I can think to review and recommend this book is to pose the question:
Do you prefer your books plot driven or character driven?

This book is unashamedly plot driven.
You're given the slimmest amount of information at the beginning and then gradually drip fed addition information through the remainder of the book.
And personally I found the whole story hugely interesting so devoured the book in a few days desperate to find out what happened at the end.
Remember the Outer Limits TV show? It kind of reminds me of a plot you'd see on one of their episodes. Great premise and ideas and then it almost wraps up at the end but not quite and left open to the imagination.

If you're into literary fiction or character driven story, I'd probably recommend skipping Maze Runner, because although the book isn't badly written it doesn't give you much character depth to sink your teeth into. The characters are very much created to progress the plot.
Looking through other reviews I can see there's some frustration in the character development and because there's no real romance to speak of, which are fair criticisms.
But for me I don't necessarily think that's too detrimental to the novel. I loved it and I'm off to purchase book two. ( )
  JohnEKerry | Aug 20, 2014 |
Loved it. Great idea of a maze to confuse the inhabitants. On par with Hunger Games in dystopia but still different. I am hooked into the series can't wait to see what's next! ( )
  selinalynn69 | Aug 19, 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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