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Maze Runner by James Dashner
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Title:Maze Runner
Authors:James Dashner
Collections:Your library
Tags:teen fiction, science fiction, survival, dystopia, cooperation

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The Maze Runner by James Dashner (2009)

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    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (smammers)
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    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.
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    Lord of the Flies by William Golding (bookworm12)
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    Gone by Michael Grant (stephxsu)
    stephxsu: Incredible world-building and suspense-building featuring a plethora of interesting and sympathetic characters.
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    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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    House of Stairs by William Sleator (gaialover)
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    The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier (Anonymous user)
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    The Gardener by S.A. Bodeen (kaledrina)
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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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Very much teenage fiction, but an enjoyable read nevertheless. There is nothing really new here (sort of Divergent meets The Hunger Games), but that doesn't really matter as it isn't completely predictable. I'd recommend it for fans of authors such as John Christopher. ( )
  nebula21 | Sep 14, 2016 |
Wow is this a slow starter. Thomas shows up in a strange place called The Glade full of boys who won't tell him things. The first several chapters are mostly Thomas asking questions and getting frustrated when no one will answer him. It's pretty tedious. It gets a bit better as time goes on, and while it doesn't really hold up well on its own (too many unanswered questions, and the questions that do get answered are a tad too obvious), it might turn out to be a good trilogy. I generally like YA dystopia stories, after all. ( )
  melydia | Sep 8, 2016 |
So much more involved than the movie. Movie was good, but this book had way more adventure and plot twists!! ( )
  MrNattania | Sep 5, 2016 |
Reading this book was painful for several reasons:

1. The writing is terrible!

2. Because the writing is so bad, the reader could really care less for any of the characters.

3. Speaking of characters, the lone female.. Really??? When someone gets introduced via Disney princess style (aka a description of her stunning good looks prior to a fainting spell) they do not count.

4. Stupid and nonsensical slang words. For example, using "klunk" in place of "shit" (I wish I was kidding).

If this book were a person, I'd feel inclined to punch it. ( )
  PagesandPints | Sep 1, 2016 |
So much more involved than the movie. Movie was good, but this book had way more adventure and plot twists!! ( )
  JeffreyNattania | Aug 29, 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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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.

From the Hardcover edition.

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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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